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Women's Empowerment

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Education, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Homeless & Housing, Housing Search Assistance, Job Training

Mission: The mission of Women’s Empowerment is to educate and empower women, who are homeless, with the skills and confidence necessary to get a job, create a healthy lifestyle, and regain a home for themselves and their children.

Results: 2009 Nonprofit of the Year 2010 Founder & Executive Director Lisa Culp named for an international Ruby Award from Soroptimist International

Target demographics: Homeless women in Sacramento

Direct beneficiaries per year: 524

Geographic areas served: Sacramento

Programs: Core curriculum statistics:women's empowerment witnessed life-changing moments in 2014 as 86 women graduated and are thriving. In 2014, 88% of women secured jobs and 400 women utilized graduate services through women's empowerment including paid training like the get a job kit training program, and unpaid training and other services such as participation in the gala, holiday craft party, and clothing closet. 89% of women and their children regained and maintained a safe and stable home. The on-site childcare program provided services to 91 homeless children. Healthy meals and educational games helped kids handle the stress of homelessness and reach developmental milestones.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I became homeless while pregnant and disabled. Women's empowerment was able to provide the resources I needed to find permanent low income housing and other services needed at the time. They truly care about the women in their program, and holding them accountable for program basics. This is the foundation it takes to rebuild self esteem and self love - necessary tools to be happy, healthy, and successful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the 'WOW' organizations you love to stumble upon. The volunteers are absolutely wonderful and nice and its such an awesome program that is instrumental to ending homelessness. They give a hand up rather than a hand out. They truly do empower their students!
I and our DCHS ROTC Cadets were able to volunteer for them on their moving day and they loved every minute of it. The kids left there feeling empowered themselves, a very enriching experience for them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

From the fist time I encountered this organizaton and it's wonderful Executive Director, Lisa Culp, I knew this was the kind of "bootstrap" organization that makes a real difference in women's lives. For several yers I gladly gave them financial support and I participted in yearly mock interviews to help prepare the women for the job market. I'm now proud to serve on the Board.

Women's Empowerment gives homeless women the resources and skills to successfully obtain work and safe housing for themselves and their children. Each graduating class gains valuable life skill lessons and hands-on training to become productive citizens and employees. Graduates receive ongoing classes in financial literacy as well as professional interpersnal support.

1 Cori A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My company has donated to Women's Empowerment before, so I had some familiarity with them. Entirely unrelated to work, I was doing some work with the homeless here in Sacramento, and when I suggested to a couple homeless women that they should try Women's Empowerment, they both said they'd heard great things about the program. They didn't know that the program provided transportation (one of them had a recurring leg injury), which they were excited to learn. I'm hoping they were able to get connected and off the streets.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped recent immigrants find their first job here, I received counseling services and changed my career, I spent a day planting trees in Dolores park

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women's Empowerment is an innovative, effective, and financially modest organization that works with homeless and impoverished women to transform their lives and circumstances. I've steadily volunteered with the organization for 7 years and have seen thousands of lives changed. The staff is deeply dedicated and highly skilled. Extensive use is made of volunteers, especially as one on one job mentors for each woman. The program balances "soft" personal growth and empowerment work with specific job seeking skills and life management information.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many organizations say they do important work to help women succeed, but Sacramento's Women's Empowerment does--each and every day, year after year. And no other non-profit does it with more grace and dignity and yet, daunting budgetary contraints. By providing women with a safe environment in which to grow and tackle their toughest fears, Women's Empowerment does the work of God on Earth. The walls in the cheerful yet sparse main classroom are literally papered with success stories of hundreds of women who've found employment and most importantly, found themselves and tasted success for perhaps the first time in their lives because of this program. Their outstanding and dedicated staff and volunteers all work collaboratively with their heads, hands and hearts to inspire, motivate and help women live better, eat better, manage finances better, work better and handle stress better. And so much more. In my case, I teach business etiquette skills to empower students to interview confidently, get and keep their jobs in today's tough economy. It is a privilege to present to such a motivated group and an honor to play a small role in one of Northern California's finest humanitarian legacies.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Women's empowerment is awesome. The Charles A. Jones Skills and Business Education Center has partnered with them for over ten years to assist their clients in becoming self sufficient and productive members of their families and communities. It is always a joy to see the women walk across the stage at graduation knowing that it is because of such a great organization and partnership with Women's Empowerment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Compassionate, competent and caring staff have created a highly successful program to help homeless women find jobs, housing, education, and the self esteem they badly needed. Women come into the program feeling broken and worthless; they leave knowing they are capable and precious. It is truly magical.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

To say that I am impressed with Women’s Empowerment is an understatement. Their expectation of success for the women who are enrolled is obvious and the compassion and clarity with which they offer their services is really inspirational. Many of their clients are women who have given up on themselves and with the help of staff and volunteers, I have watched them slowly get their dreams back. It’s an honor to be in their company

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the honor to volunteer with Women's Empowerment for the last 6 years and through that time I have been in awe of the life sustaining services provided by this organization. Lisa Culp and her staff are gifted educators working to bring an end to homelessness for women and children in our community. I've witnessed the transformation of the ladies in the program, as they graduate with more self-confidence then they initially walked in the door with, to continuing on in new careers or graduating from college. Some life paths miss the basic life skills needed to exist in our society, such as household budgeting, job seeking and maintaining skills, and interpersonal relationship skills - Women's Empowerment is the second chance to obtain these vital life skills.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Empowerment Program located in Sacramento, California started out small with BIG plans to make important changes in women's lives. Although many thought it was an impossible goal, Lisa Culp, WE Director told the homeless women to say," I'm' Possible". You hear the word empowerment often, but the hidden word is HER! Empower HER! That is exactly the mission of WE- to promote independence of disadvantaged women by providing a network of support, career development tools to help them in the working world and in life. Many of these woman have had their confidence and rights stripped away from domestic violence. These women enter the program afraid of change and have walls built up by despair. But the caring and gentle staff at WE provide a spirit of unity and love that is passed on to the women who have been abused and suffer from low- self esteem. The staff, teachers and mentors plant life changing seeds that cultivate and grow even after the women have graduated from the eight week transformative program. I think a big part of the program's success is that these women finally have been given an opportunity to succeed and that someone truly believes in them and they eventually begin to believe in themselves. It's all about dignity, respect, accountability and the opportunity to be heard. Also, to hear their stories and help them through their anger or addictions. One graduate said, " It means a lot when someone takes the time to help you when you are at your lowest. That's special, that's priceless. That's a gift". Since the Oprah show, Sacramento has received much media attention for the homeless tent city. Our Mayor just moved the problem across town and nothing was really resolved. I wish Oprah knew about this tiny little program called, Women's Empowerment and all the incredible, miraculous stories that happen everyday down there. People need to hear good stories once in a while and I hope that the word gets out about all the lives of women and children that are being empowered and changed for a lifetime! I am so proud to be a volunteer for this wonderful, loving organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a facilitator who has worked with many different non-profit organizations and Women's Empowerment stands out as a shining star that is true to its mission of ending homelessness one woman at a time. This small, but mighty organization is truly making a difference, providing women with practical training, support, access to information about resources and empowering them to overcome obstacles and get their feet back on the ground. Helping women get back into the workforce or back to school, back into housing, and reunited with families, this organization is not only helping women directly, but entire families of children. The director and staff are nothing short of amazing. It should be a role model for other cities and is so deserving of any support anyone can afford to give.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a psychologist and have worked with community programs in a training capacity for many years. I was looking for a program to volunteer in. I went to the Women's Empowerment office, viewed the hundreds of photos of women who have benefitted from this program, and was hooked! This program really works. Homeless women are given tools to help get jobs. Pure and simple. They can then get stable places to live and support their children in a good home environment. Women's Empowerment is run in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. Many women say this is the first place in a long time where they can feel safe and accepted. The staff work hard to give these people what they need. This is a community program from Heaven. And, it's run by a true angel: Lisa Culp. I'm proud to be on the Board of Directors and will remain here as long as they'll have me!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity and pleasure to assist as a mentor to women particpating in the program. There are many values in this program which is designed to support, and enable women to become independent, and learn to recognize their own worth. There are many good things to say about the program: its practicality, its emphasis on the women participants' responsibilites in the workshops, excellent and caring management, and Finally the joy experienced by the women of realizing their own capabilities

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Sacramento's Women's Empowerment for three years. The services and support they provide to homeless women are amazing! It opened my eyes to how easy it is to become homeless, and how after a time how difficult it can be to get out of that way of life. They know what their doing at Women's Empowerment, starting with the basics like anger management, self esteem, parental skills then moving onto resume writing, mock interviews and job skills training. I volunteer because the program makes it so easy for me to make a difference. They cover so many of the basics we all take for granted like glasses to see with, child care so women can attend these classes, copies of birth certificates or GED's, affordable housing. I spread the word wherever I go and encourage others to sign up too. Their graduates with new confidence in themselves and a new perspective on life speak to the sucess of the program!

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the honor of teaching a weekly yoga class for about a year to women enrolled in the Women's Empowerment sessions. Women's Empowerment is unique in that it provides a holistic approach to ending the cycle of homelessness, including healthy living. In addition to its physical benefits, the practice of yoga offers these women an approachable way to relax and rejuvenate. It was amazing to see the women experience a brief respite from the daily challenges of life and find a place of calm. Some women continued with the practice outside of class, whenever they could, be it 30 minutes after dinner at a shelter, or just pausing to consciously breathe fully for a few minutes during their day. Yoga is just one small part of what Women's Empowerment offers in a well-rounded, supportive, caring and amazingly empowering program for equally powerful and amazing women.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm inspired by the people and programs at Women's Empowerment and particularly by their success in ending homelessness for women and children. The wholistic approach philosophy addresses the comprehensive needs that women have to get the skills to find and keep jobs and the resources to find and keep homes. The programs' focus on confidence, personal and work skills, health, child care, parenting, personal care, time management etc., leads to WE's high level of success. Staff members believe in their clients' ability to change and back up the belief by providing the resources for them to do so. It is an awesome program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Women's Empowerment since 2007 in different capacities. Most recently as a mentor to a student in the class and conducting mock interviews. Women's Empowerment is a strong program with good values and a purpose that is making a difference in the students, volunteers and the community as a whole. This program has opened up wide possibilites for these woman who may not have had any. The leadership that Lisa Culp and others have and the passion for what they do make it a FANTASTIC non profit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been able to help facilitiate a parenting class in the eight week training programs over the past 18 months. What Womens' Empowerment offers is phenomenal, thanks to the founders and all volunteers. I wouldn't miss being involved for anything, and feel deeply humbled, hhonored and empowered by all the contributors, particularly the women who enter this program.