Women’s Empowerment educates and empowers 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.
Executive director and founder, Lisa Culp worked at Sacramento’s Loaves & Fishes when she formed her idea. Lisa saw homeless mothers raising their children on the streets. She saw children grow up, still homeless, to become mothers of new babies born into homelessness. She knew there must be a solution to this cycle of poverty.
Working with focus groups at Loaves & Fishes, Lisa listened to women share their stories and their needs. In 2001, she worked with community leaders to create Women’s Empowerment, proving to be an immediately successful solution in ending the cycle of poverty.
In 2004, Women’s Empowerment became an independent 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. Westminster Presbyterian Church partners with Women’s Empowerment to volunteer and donate.