Women’s Empowerment receives $29k grant from Walmart
To support job training for homeless women
Walmart Foundation’s California State Giving Program recently granted $29,800 to Women’s Empowerment for its job readiness programs for women who are homeless.
“We are grateful to the Walmart Foundation for helping to provide the tools that women who are homeless need to reenter the world of work and achieve financial independence,” said Lisa Culp, executive director of Women’s Empowerment. “This grant will help us provide job readiness training to 250 women in the Sacramento area in 2014 so they can break the cycle of homelessness for themselves and their children.”
Women’s Empowerment’s initial eight-week program for women who are homeless addresses their basic needs such as health and housing while preparing them to become work-ready. The job-readiness component is predominantly taught by volunteers from the community and includes computer literacy training, resume writing, communication skills, mock interviews, dressing for success and more. They also meet with an onsite employment specialist to search for jobs. Once women graduate from Women’s Empowerment, they can join the advanced job readiness program that includes internships, paid job training programs, certifications and more.
“Women’s Empowerment offers women in crisis a way out of homelessness and poverty,” said Kim Sentovich, senior vice president for Walmart. “We are proud to support their efforts to train and prepare hundreds of Sacramento area women to enter the workforce and achieve financial independence.”
Women’s Empowerment offers the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The 2009 Nonprofit of the Year has graduated 1,115 homeless women and their more than 2,500 children. In 2013, 81 percent of graduates found homes and 90 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. For more information and to donate online, visit www.womens-empowerment.org.
The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the United States. Last year in California, the Walmart Foundation and stores throughout the state awarded more than $26 million in cash and in-kind contributions to community groups that are positioned to address the needs of California communities and make a significant social impact within Walmart’s core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. For more information, visit www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving .