Alicia Sanders is Women's Empowerment's 1,000th graduate

Former volunteer becomes Women’s Empowerment’s 1,000th graduate

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Thirty-six formerly homeless women graduate from Women’s Empowerment.  Last week, former volunteer Alicia Sanders became Women’s Empowerment’s 1,000th graduate, finishing the program with 35 other women no longer homeless.Sanders just accepted a position as a job coach with Goodwill Industries in Rancho Cordova where she will be helping clients reach their potential, just as Women’s Empowerment’s job-readiness program helped her do.

“Women’s Empowerment is a piece of heaven in the middle of hell,” Sanders said. “I grew up thinking I didn’t matter. Standing here today at graduation, I can tell you, I matter.”

More than 200 community members, including graduates’ mentors and families, attended the graduation where each graduate shared her story and future plans through poetry and speeches centered around the theme, “the beauty within set free.” Each woman received a new, donated handbag filled with a day planner and other items designed to help her succeed. The bags were sponsored by CGI in Sacramento.

For more information about Women’s Empowerment,visit http://www.womens-empowerment.org.