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.
Ms. Lisa Culp
women, homeless, children, job, training, employment, empowerment, homelessness, domestic violence, health, home, sacramento, california
1590 North A Street
1590 North A Street
Sacramento, CA 95811 USA
1590 North A Street
Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)
Housing Search Assistance (L30)
Adult, Continuing Education (B60)
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How does this organization make a difference?
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In 2014, Women's Empowerment provided life-changing services to more than 600 women and 91 children. 89% of women regained a safe home for themselves and their children; 88% of women got a job or enrolled in school or training. 107 secured a job in 2014.
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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?
Women’s Empowerment educates and empowers women who are homeless with the skills and confidence necessary to secure a job, create a healthy lifestyle and regain a home for herself and her children.
Women’s Empowerment offers the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless. Pathways to education, training and employment are the most successful solution to ending homelessness for good.
Without a solution like Women’s Empowerment, many women and their children get trapped in the generational cycle of homelessness. At Women’s Empowerment 75% of women are survivors of domestic violence and 36% have family members who are homeless. Children who are homeless are four times more likely to experience developmental delays and worry about where they will sleep each night.
Homelessness is not only traumatizing for women and children, it is expensive – estimates show each person who is homeless can cost a community $40,000. Women’s Empowerment offers a powerful intervention that is working toward the day when every woman and child has a safe place to call home and the dignity of a job.
In our initial eight-week job-readiness program, we provide women with free onsite child care in our child development center and transportation assistance to attend classes, medical appointments and job interviews. Each woman works with a master’s level social worker to address the root causes of her homelessness. She receives health services onsite and is connected to additional health services in the community. Unlike most welfare-to-work programs, we lead with empowerment – confidence-building in a safe space where women can work on their personal growth, physically and mentally. We bring in skilled volunteers from the community that teach empowerment and job-readiness classes and who demonstrate to each woman her value to the community. With health and confidence improving, women can focus on job readiness with their employment specialist and volunteer career mentor. Our holisitic approach prepares women to implement changes that lead to a helathy body, safe home and steady paycheck.
Graduates can enroll in our advanced program that includes paid job training, certifications, GED preparation and financial literacy classes. These services are ongoing and offered to any of the 1,201 women who have graduated from Women’s Empowerment.
Since 2001, we have graduated 1,201 women once homeless and their nearly 2,600 children. Over the past three years, an average of 89% of graduates regained a safe home with their children, and an average of 80% have secured jobs or enrolled in school or training.
In 2011 three women, once homeless, achieved the American Dream: owning their own home.
Women's Empowerment has a solid system in place to ensure we measure efficacy and success in meeting objectives. 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.
We also employ two master-level social workers to work one-on-one with the women and to measure outcomes of the graduates. When the women enter the initial eight-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 six-point scale ranging from "in crisis" to "thriving." It also focuses on domestic violence, substance abuse/recovery, access to community resources, parenting skills, employment status and income. We administer post-assessment surveys three months and six months after graduation to determine progress. Surveys are modeled after a national family development matrix and have been adapted to our population.
Our social workers continue to work one-on-one with the women to monitor the women's mental and physical health while participating in each of the programs, ensuring they keep accurate notes in the database and follow up to measure progress.
Our employment specialists help to track the employment status of each woman as she participates in training, gains new skills, submits applications, attends interviews and secures and maintains employment.
Before Women’s Empowerment, Shauna’s life was filled with tragedy. “I was pregnant and homeless. I lived in the cupboard of a garage and bathed in the alley. It was completely degrading.”
When she first found Women’s Empowerment, that hopelessness changed to hope. Her two-year old son, Kaidon, loved playing in our on-site childcare room so much that he never wanted to leave! “Having him so close allowed me to focus on what I came to Women’s Empowerment to do–get a job,” Shauna remembers.
She worked hard during that time and refused to give up.
“After graduating, I returned to Women’s Empowerment four days a week, four hours a day, for sixty days to apply for jobs.”
Party City hired Shauna as a sales associate a few months ago, and just last week she was hired as a full-time supervisor! “Working this hard gives my days meaning.”
Thanks to her new-found stability, she and Kaidon live in their own apartment and are looking forward to their future. “Last year our holidays were dark. This year we can enjoy them as a family.”
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Ms. Lisa Culp
By the young age of 13, Lisa knew she wanted to make a difference in the community, and did so by helping those who founded Loaves & Fishes bring sandwiches to the homeless near the railroad tracks. Lisa studied both at UCLA and University of Grenoble in France, and received her degree from UC Davis. A long-time activist and voice for those less fortunate, Lisa spent 10 years after college working in Nicaragua while living on dirt floors. After seeing poverty abroad, Lisa chose to return home to raise her son. She continued working with those struggling to survive by creating various programs with Loaves & Fishes and Quinn Cottages. One of the projects Lisa designed grew into today’s Women’s Empowerment--a project that grew out of the wisdom of homeless women she was working with. She now serves as Executive Director of Women’s Empowerment, which earned Nonprofit of the Year in 2009. In 2008, she received the Woman of the Year Award from the National Association of Business Women for her vision in founding the organization. In 2010, she earned the Ruby Award for her efforts to serve the homeless, a distinction granted on a regional level.
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