Employment, Job Related

Women's Empowerment

Ending homelessness one woman -- one family -- at a time.

Sacramento, CA

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.

Ruling Year

2003

Executive Director

Ms. Lisa Culp

Main Address

1590 North A Street

Sacramento, CA 95811 USA

Keywords

women, homeless, children, job, training, employment, empowerment, homelessness, domestic violence, health, home, sacramento, california

EIN

03-0520643

 Number

0113458609

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

The situation of homeless families in our community is dire. Women and families comprise the largest and fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Yet they remain the hidden homeless, struggling in the shadows. Sacramento County Office of Education reports more than 13,000 school-aged children are experiencing homelessness. And rates of homelessness in Sacramento have increased by 30%.

Sacramento is currently in a housing crisis. Rental rates climbed 9.4% recently (compared to 3% nationally). Many neighborhoods have a vacancy rate of under 2%. These startling statistics are a daily reality at Women's Empowerment. We saw a 21% increase in women served between 2016-2017 and expect this to continue. Our social workers struggle daily to help families secure housing.

At Women's Empowerment, we believe education and employment are the most effective, long-term solutions to ending homelessness. Our programs are the crucial bridge between the world of homelessness and the world

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Women's Empowerment Job-Readiness Program

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of job placements secured by participants

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Homeless people

Percentage of program graduates who secure employment

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Homeless people

Percentage of program graduates who regain housing

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Homeless people

Number of program graduates

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Homeless people

Number of children served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5),

Homeless people

Number of women who received at least one life-changing service

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Homeless people

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our mission is to educate and empower women who are homeless with the skills and confidence necessary to secure a job, create a healthy lifestyle, and regain a home for themselves and their children.

In our initial nine-week program, we provide women with free onsite child care in our child development center and transportation assistance. Each woman works with a master's level social worker to address her root causes of homelessness. She attends classes on job-readiness, financial literacy, confidence building and empowerment – many taught by volunteers from the Sacramento area. She receives health services onsite and is connected to additional health services in the community. She is then able to implement changes that lead to a healthy body, safe home and steady paycheck. Women who have graduated from our nine-week program can enroll in our graduate services – there is no expiration date. Services include paid job training, vocational certifications, counseling with a social worker and employment specialist, access to a professional clothing closet, and job retention services for our employer partners and our graduates working for them.

We could not fulfill our mission without an army of 600 active volunteers who teach our classes, mentor women in the program, coordinate workshops, serve on our board and committees, and nurture and play with the kids in our child development center. Volunteers work alongside our employment specialists, licensed social workers, childcare coordinator, etc. to carry out our mission. We could not sustain our program without our wide variety of grantors. We are supported by dozens of foundations. Women's Empowerment is funded through private donations from the community and receives no government funding except for in-kind rent from the County of Sacramento. Our financial health and stability remains paramount. We have 100% board and staff giving. Per our bylaws, Women's Empowerment maintains an operating reserve of three to six months of expenses. Our community has rolled up its sleeves and gone to work creating a solution to family homelessness that is long-term and sustainable.

Women's Empowerment uses a competent database system to ensure thorough short-term and long-term tracking on all factors and outcomes, measuring the number of women who are enrolled, which programs they participate in and how they have improved. When women enter the initial nine-week program they are administered an in-depth assessment addressing the issues of shelter, mental and physical health, employment, education and income. This assessment measures each woman on a 10-point scale ranging from "in crisis" to "thriving." It also focuses on domestic violence, substance abuse/recovery, and access to community resources. We administer post-assessment surveys three months and six months after graduation to determine progress. Our social workers continue to work one-on-one with women to monitor their mental and physical health while participating in each of the programs, and our employment specialists help to track the employment status of each woman.

Since 2001, we have graduated over 1,500 women with more than 3,500 children. On average, 92% of graduates secure housing and 80% find a job or enroll in school/training. In 2017 alone, we celebrated 157 job placements! Because of our unique ability to help homeless women break the cycle of poverty, Women's Empowerment was featured on The TODAY Show in 2015 as a national model to help end family homelessness. In 2017, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty selected Women's Empowerment as a California Nonprofit of the Year. To combat the current housing crisis, we formed an innovative partnership with Institute of Real Estate Management, Sacramento to provide paid training to graduates in property management – a career that provides both stable employment and housing on the property being managed. This innovative solution addresses both the housing crisis and high unemployment rate that homeless women face in our community. We are excited to launch this new program!

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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