Women’s Empowerment Receives Grant From Ronald McDonald House Charities For Child Care Program

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United Way California Capital Region certified nonprofit partner Women’s Empowerment recently received a $10,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California, in partnership with Pacific Coast Building Products Foundation to fund its Playcare child care program for children who are homeless.The grant helped Women’s Empowerment purchase supplies for its expanded child care space in its new home on North A Street, as well as build a fence to protect children playing on the 6,000-square-foot green space.

“It’s exciting to partner with a wonderful organization like Ronald McDonald House to make sure children who are homeless receive the same opportunities to develop their bodies and minds as children who have safe homes and yards,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “We are grateful to Ronald McDonald House for recognizing this important need.”

Women’s Empowerment’s Playcare child care program goes beyond babysitting to address the developmental, medical, emotional and educational needs of homeless children by providing seasonally appropriate clothing, formula or healthy snacks, and educational toys and activities while also conducting developmental assessments and pairing families with social workers to address the entire family’s needs. Women in the program take parenting classes and learn about preventing family violence. They also learn to entrust their children to care providers, preparing them for when they find work.

“Eighty-eight percent of women in our program have experienced domestic violence and are hesitant to find work because of the safety of their children,” Culp said. “This is a great first step to learn that they can trust others to care for their children while they earn a paycheck to provide a safe home and healthy lifestyle for their family.”

Women’s Empowerment offers the only 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 1,036 homeless women and their more than 2,000 children. Last year, 89 percent of graduates found homes and 78 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.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California is dedicated to supporting programs that improve the lives of children and their families through its grant program to local nonprofits and its support of Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake and the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House. For more information, visit www.rmhcnc.org.