Women’s Empowerment

Education, Health and Well-Being, Economic Opportunity

Geography: Sacramento, CA

Founded: 2001


1400 North C Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

About Women's Empowerment

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, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and regain a home for themselves and their children.

In 2001, Lisa Culp, the executive director and founder, worked with community leaders to create Women’s Empowerment, which proved to be an immediately successful solution in ending the cycle of poverty. In 2004, Women’s Empowerment became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Since then, the team has grown to include a board and staff with deep knowledge of the homeless community’s needs, and dozens of volunteer teachers and mentors—all of whom donate countless hours of their time to ensuring that homeless women successfully rise out of poverty. Since their inception, Women’s Empowerment has served 916 women and their 1,376 children.


Women’s Empowerment is a holistic program that responds to the unique needs of each woman who is homeless. Through classes, counseling, career mentoring and peer support, she gains the tools to rebuild her life. On-site childcare and supportive services are offered in a safe, nurturing environment where each woman and her family are treated with respect.

At Women's Empowerment, they help women with:

  • Job readiness - An eight-week program with an extensive job readiness curriculum, including resume building, mock interviews, computer literacy, professional development, and job-seeking skills.
  • Health - Resources include wellness and recovery groups, on-site HIV and STI testing and counseling, mental health counseling and referrals, women's health, yoga and fitness classes, and nutrition classes.
  • Empowerment and support - Resources for women to rebuild their lives, including individual counseling and support from social workers, career mentoring, anger management classes, parenting enrichment grousp, professional clothing closet, domestic and family violence counseling, assistance with housing/health/legal resources, and a life-time support network and community.
  • WE Works - Employment opportunities through financial literacy classes, Microsoft and ServSafe certifications, unpaid and paid job training opportunities, employment through community partnerships, specialized programs in customer service and receptionist training, and support services for job retention.