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Review for Women's Empowerment, Sacramento, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

One day when we were wrapping up a training module on excel spreadsheets, Sarah was requesting to stay after class for some additional help and practice time. She explained that she was returning to the workforce after being a stay at home mom for 10+ years to her three children. Her homelessness was due to domestic violence, and she realized that computer skills were a key ingredient in her joining todays working world. She was diligently hunting and pecking to complete the assignment when her three children arrived at the center from school. Her oldest daughter Theresa came in eager to tell her mom about her day in school and was teasing her mom about being "behind the times" with computers. I pulled 14 year old Theresa aside to give her mom time to finish her work. Theresa explained to me that she was still attending school in her old neighborhood, she was getting an A in science, and how she wanted to be a veternarian when she grew up. She told me that her friends did not know that she was homeless, and how difficult it was to finish her homework at the shelter due to all the distractions. It was at that moment that is all clicked for me, it is important that we show up week after week to teach the women computer skills because most of these women are mothers and when they are homeless so are their children. The faster we can help them to get into sustainable housing, school, and/or work the less children sleeping on the streets of our city. There is nothing more important that Women's Empowerment.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Resume writing, Computer Skills Training, and Job Mentoring. This organization is supported by hundreds of volunteers in the Sacramento area every month because the staff is so good at partnering and bringing the skills of many to support women in need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & Established a computer training program staffed by Intel Corporation's Womens Affinity Group.