Sac Singers and Artists Go Underground to Raise Funds for Women’s Empowerment

From the newly opened basement at Capitol Plaza Ballrooms on K Street will rise the voices of some of Sacramento’s most renowned musicians on Sept. 9. The Cabaret on K fundraiser, sponsored by Capital Public Radio, will benefit homeless women and children at local nonprofit Women’s Empowerment and will include performances of cabaret and jazz favorites with a mix of classical and musical theatre pieces. Artwork from local artists will be on display and for sale, with 50 percent of the proceeds going directly to Women’s Empowerment.

Cabaret on K will take place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Capitol Plaza Ballrooms, 1025 9th Street in Sacramento. Guests will enjoy complimentary desserts and drinks for purchase. Tickets are $50, and guests must be age 21 and older to attend. For tickets, visit www.womens-empowerment.org

“Some of Sacramento’s most notable voices will literally speak for those who are voiceless – the homeless women and children in our community,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “These singers and local artists will transform the basement of Capitol Plaza Ballrooms, a perfect metaphor for how women and children are transforming their lives every day here in Sacramento as they work to break the cycle of homelessness. We hope everyone will come out to celebrate these hard-working women and our thriving local arts scene.” 

Participating musicians include Carrie Hennessey, Omari Tau, Jen Reason, Sarah Fitch and Capital Public Radio’s Kevin Doherty. Artists Michele Knight, Whitney Lofrano, Art Street’s Angela Tannehill and Wide Open Walls muralist Norm Ayles will have pieces for sale.

Women’s Empowerment was featured on NBC’s The TODAY Show in 2015 for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The award-winning organization has graduated 1,437 homeless women and their 3,500 children. Last year, 92 percent of graduates found homes and 81 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. 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. To make a donation, visit www.womens-empowerment.org

Women’s Empowerment Named California Nonprofit of the Year

Women’s Empowerment, along with 100 nonprofits from across the state, was honored recently at the second annual California Nonprofits Day celebration. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) named Women’s Empowerment Nonprofit of the Year. The award recipients were honored at a luncheon at Sacramento’s Convention Center.

“Women’s Empowerment is thrilled to receive this award from Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, who truly supports our vision of breaking the cycle of homelessness for women and children in Sacramento,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “We also are proud to receive this award with other nonprofits across the state that are working hard to improve the lives of Californians. Partnership is vital in this sector, and we were honored to stand with so many valuable organizations.”

The annual California Nonprofits Day event was formally recognized by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 54, authored by the chair of the new Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector Assemblywoman Monique Limon (D-Santa Barbara).

Women’s Empowerment was featured on NBC’s The TODAY Show in 2015 for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The award-winning organization has graduated 1,437 homeless women and their 3,500 children since 2001. Last year, 92 percent of graduates found homes, and 81 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded through private donations from the community. To make a donation: www.womens-empowerment.org.

Tickets on sale for Women’s Empowerment’s Annual Gala

Community members are invited to the 16th Annual Celebration of Independence Gala that benefits Women’s Empowerment, a local nonprofit job training and empowerment program for women who are homeless and their children. The event, which raises funds for the organization and honors the group’s 1,411 graduates, will take place 5:30-8:45 p.m. on May 17 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento. Guests will mingle with graduates from the program and enjoy a formal dinner, live and silent auctions, live music and presentations from the graduates.

Tickets are $125. Those who cannot attend, or wish to contribute more, can sponsor a graduate to attend the event. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call (916) 669-2307 or visit www.womens-empowerment.org.

“This event is like no other in Sacramento,” said Lisa Culp, executive director of Women’s Empowerment. “Rarely will you attend a fundraiser where donors and community members have the chance to meet and talk with women who have overcome homelessness. It’s our largest fundraiser of the year, but it’s also a night filled with laughter, tears and joy as we celebrate the incredible women who have shared their journeys with us.”

Women’s Empowerment was featured on NBC’s The TODAY Show in 2015 for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The award-winning organization has graduated 1,411 homeless women and their children. Last year, 92 percent of graduates found homes and 81 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. 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. To make a donation: www.womens-empowerment.org.

Women’s Empowerment Receives $32,500 in Grants

Borchard Foundation, American River Bank and State Farm recently gave grants to Women’s Empowerment’s comprehensive job-readiness programs for women who are homeless. Borchard Foundation donated $12,500 and American River Bank and State Farm each donated $10,000.

“The work we do relies on community donations,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “It’s heartening to see these three organizations step forward with substantial gifts that will ensure more women can break the cycle of homelessness for themselves, their children and generations to come. We are extremely grateful to Borchard Foundation, American River Bank and State Farm for their generosity and care for the women and children in our community.”

In Women’s Empowerment’s initial nine-week program, women who are homeless receive free onsite child care in the group’s 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, confidence building, health and empowerment, as well as support groups for domestic violence and substance abuse. Women then focus on job placement with their employment specialist and volunteer career mentor.

Women who have graduated from the nine-week program can enroll in the group’s graduate services at any point in their lives when they need assistance. Services include paid job training, vocational certifications, counseling with a social worker and employment specialist, access to a professional clothing closet, financial coaching and job retention services for employer and employee. 

Women’s Empowerment was featured on NBC’s The TODAY Show in 2015 for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The award-winning organization has graduated 1,411 homeless women and their thousands of children since 2001. Last year, 92 percent of graduates found homes, and 81 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. 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. To make a donation: www.womens-empowerment.org.

Women’s Empowerment Receives $25K From Save Mart CARES

Save Mart CARES has donated $25,000 to help homeless women in Sacramento find homes and jobs to support their families through Women’s Empowerment’s comprehensive job readiness program. The mission of Women’s Empowerment aligns closely with the mission of Save Mart CARES, which supports programs that have a record of results and contribute to the advancement of community, arts, recreation, education or sports. 

“A significant measure of a community’s health is how many of its residents are employed,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “Women who experience homelessness face profound barriers in their search for employment, so we empower them with tools to overcome those hurdles and secure jobs that will support their families. We are grateful to Save Mart CARES for recognizing that when women rise from homelessness, the entire community rises with them.”

In Women’s Empowerment’s initial eight-week program, women who are homeless receive free onsite child care in the group’s 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, confidence building, health and empowerment, as well as support groups for domestic violence and substance abuse. Women then focus on job placement with their employment specialist and volunteer career mentor. Women who have graduated from the eight-week program can enroll in the group’s graduate services at any point in their lives when they need assistance. Services include paid job training, vocational certifications, counseling with a social worker and employment specialist, access to a professional clothing closet, financial coaching and job retention services for employer and employee.  

Women’s Empowerment was featured on NBC’s The TODAY Show in 2015 for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The award-winning organization has graduated 1,386 homeless women and their 3,750 children. Last year, 92 percent of graduates found homes and 81 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. 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. To make a donation: www.womens-empowerment.org. 

Save Mart CARES is a 501c3 charitable organization focused on supporting community, arts, recreation, education and sports. The foundation was created by Save Mart Supermarkets and operates with a separate board of directors maintaining a separate focus on supporting the company’s principle of giving back to the communities it serves. For more information, visit www.savemart.com/community/cares-foundation

Women’s Empowerment Receives $30K in Grants

Three foundations each recently awarded $10,000 to Sacramento nonprofit Women’s Empowerment that educates and empowers women who are homeless to find a safe home, steady job and healthy lifestyle. The grant from Kaiser Permanente funds the nonprofit’s support groups for women who have faced domestic violence and substance abuse. Bank of America granted funds for Women’s Empowerment’s job training programs, and Arata Brothers Trust provided funding for the group’s overall program.

“We rely on the community to fund our comprehensive approach to ending homelessness for women and children, and we are fortunate to live in a community that does just that,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “We are grateful to Kaiser, Bank of America and Arata Brothers Trust for providing steadfast funding that helps women overcome the many barriers to homelessness and transform their lives.”

In Women’s Empowerment’s initial eight-week program, women who are homeless receive free onsite child care in the group’s 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, confidence building, health and empowerment, as well as support groups for domestic violence and substance abuse. Women then focus on job placement with their employment specialist and volunteer career mentor. Women who have graduated from the eight-week program can enroll in the group’s graduate services at any point in their lives when they need assistance. Services include paid job training, vocational certifications, counseling with a social worker and employment specialist, access to a professional clothing closet, financial coaching and job retention services for employer and employee.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Women’s Empowerment was recently featured on NBC’s TODAY Show and on CNN.com for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The 2014 Organization of the Year has graduated 1,367 homeless women and their 3,500 children. Last year, 93 percent of graduates found homes and 83 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. 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. To make a donation: www.womens-empowerment.org.

 

 

Give Holiday Stockings to Formerly Homeless Women and Children

Women's Empowerment graduate receives holiday stocking

You can bring smiles to formerly homeless women and children this holiday season by contributing to Women’s Empowerment’s annual Holiday Stocking Drive. The group is seeking 200 unstuffed stockings and specific fillers for local infants and toddlers, children, teens and adult women.

“There is nothing like hearing the squeals of joy from children and their mothers who have gone from having nothing to now having a place to call home during the holidays and cheerful stockings to hang in their homes,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “But these stockings not only bring joy, they give these families necessary items so they can stay healthy and warm this winter as they rebuild their lives.”

For the list of items needed, visit www.womens-empowerment.org. Those interested also can donate $35 to have a volunteer elf fill a stocking or donate $15 Target gift cards. Items are needed by Dec. 7 and can be dropped off at 1590 North A Street, Sacramento.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Women’s Empowerment was recently featured on NBC’s The TODAY Show for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The 2014 Organization of the Year has graduated 1,367 homeless women and their 3,700 children. Last year, 93 percent of graduates found homes and 83 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. 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. To make a donation: www.womens-empowerment.org.

Sacramento Artist to Paint Live for Women’s Empowerment

Sacramento artist David Garibaldi will paint to end homelessness on Oct. 26 at Capitol Plaza Ballroom for a performance art fundraiser benefiting Sacramento nonprofit Women’s Empowerment. He will create and auction off three art pieces, as well as a private studio experience. David Garibaldi Live, which is sponsored by Umpqua Bank, McCreery’s Home Furnishings, Western Management and iHeartMedia, will run 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will include premium wine and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a chance to hear how Women’s Empowerment is ending homelessness for women and children in Sacramento.

Tickets are $125 per person. Forty VIP tickets are available for $175 per person and include a private reception with Garibaldi before the event. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.womens-empowerment.org.

“David Garibaldi has a beautiful way of creating not only fantastic artwork, but an exciting and moving experience for his audience,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “We are honored that he wants to use his unique gift to make sure women in Sacramento can overcome homelessness by finding steady work and safe homes for their families,”

Garibaldi grew up in South Sacramento and became well-known when he won fourth place on “America’s Got Talent” in 2012. Since then, he has raised more than $1 million for charities across the world through his live paintings that transform a blank black canvas into pop art icons.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Women’s Empowerment was recently featured on NBC’s TODAY Show and on CNN.com for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The 2014 Organization of the Year has graduated 1,367 homeless women and their 3,500 children. Last year, 93 percent of graduates found homes and 83 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. 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. To make a donation: www.womens-empowerment.org. 

Women’s Empowerment Receives $45K From Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company recently granted $45,000 to Sacramento nonprofit Women’s Empowerment for job training for formerly homeless women through the group’s Get A Job Kit Training, which provides paid stipends to participants. Funds also will support Women’s Empowerment’s on-the-job training in customer service and office administration, as well as transportation in partnership with Paratransit.

“The Get A Job Kit Training provides formerly homeless women with a unique opportunity to begin immediately building a financially stable home – something most other organizations serving homeless women are not able to offer,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “We are grateful to Wells Fargo for its steadfast support as we empower women once homeless to find a steady job and a stable home for their families.”

Women’s Empowerment launched The Get A Job Kit Training with the help of Wells Fargo in 2014 to train women in the production, customer service, shipping and receiving industries. The program includes four-week paid training sessions with education and training in the field, assembly instruction and work with employment specialists. Trainees assemble the Get A Job Kits and send to customers, and receive training on safety in the workplace, conflict resolution, quality assurance and inventory management. Forty graduates have completed the training, with 70% now employed with local businesses. In the first year, 24 graduates sold and shipped 5,000+ Get A Job Kits across the country. For more information: www.getajobkit.com.

“I’m 44 and I felt like I missed out on life until I came to Women’s Empowerment,” said Lisa Costabile, one of the first Get A Job Kit Training graduates. “Now I feel like my life is just starting. And with the training we’ve received,  we can walk into any employer and be more of an asset. Now I’m ready to start a career. Whatever I need to do, I’ll do it.”

The award is part of Wells Fargo’s targeted commitment to strengthen communities challenged by the highest levels of unemployment. Wells Fargo awarded $2.3 million to 59 nonprofits across California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. The organizations offer people advancement opportunities by providing services focused on small- and micro-business development, workforce development and job creation. For more information: www.wellsfargo.com/about/csr.

By directing $2.3 million to communities that are challenged by the highest levels of unemployment, it is our hope that we can change the economic prosperity of communities – one person at a time,” said Kevin Barri, community foothills area president of Wells Fargo. “Hearing the success stories from formerly homeless women now gainfully employed and stable confirms our investment in their future is paying off.”

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Women’s Empowerment was recently featured on NBC’s TODAY Show and on CNN.com for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The 2014 Organization of the Year has graduated 1,349 homeless women and their 3,500 children. Last year, 93 percent of graduates found homes and 83 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. 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. To make a donation: www.womens-empowerment.org.

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,800 locations, 13,000 ATMs, and the Internet and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 269,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked number 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. For more information: www.wellsfargo.com.

27 Formerly Homeless Women Graduate From Women’s Empowerment

Nearly 100 community members from across Sacramento witnessed Women’s Empowerment graduate 27 formerly homeless women from the comprehensive eight-week job-readiness program at the end of June. The graduates each shared their stories of their rise from homelessness, some through poetry, some through song and some through prose – all wearing tiaras to match their chosen theme “Queens Uplift Queens.”

“I want to talk to the queens,” sang Derkisha Wofford, a graduate. “Whatever you set your heart to, just believe. Don’t give up on yourself. I love you all.”

From graduates’ mentors, families and children, to organization supporters, graduation attendees heard each graduate’s story and future plans. Each woman accepted a certificate of achievement, received a new handbag filled with a day planner and other items designed to help her succeed, and enjoyed a reception, all sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Carmichael.

“Each of our 27 graduates has made incredible strides in just eight weeks,” said Lisa Culp, executive director of Women’s Empowerment. “Though each woman’s story of homelessness is as unique as her fingerprint, they all joined together to create a sisterhood that helped them rise from poverty to self-reliance. Their value is priceless and their potential is limitless.”

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Women’s Empowerment was recently featured on NBC’s TODAY Show and CNN’s Impact Your World for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The 2014 Organization of the Year has graduated 1,349 homeless women and their 3,500 children. Last year, 93 percent of graduates found homes and 83 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded solely through private donations from the community. To donate online: www.womens-empowerment.org.