The mission of the organization Women’s Empowerment is to educate 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. The executive director and founder of Empowerment, Lisa Culp, were working at Sacramento Loaves & Fishes when the idea formed. She watched homeless mothers raising their children on the streets. She watched those 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 Culp listened to women sharing their stories and their needs. In 2001, she 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 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 its inception, Women’s Empowerment has served 916 women and their 1,376 children (all of whom they know by name).