Women’s Empowerment wins Sutter Grant contest for $10K

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United Way California Capital Region certified nonprofit partner Women’s Empowerment competed against 16 other local nonprofits to win the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, 10th anniversary competition for $10,000. The nonprofit that helps homeless women get healthy, find jobs and regain a home for their families received the most votes in the online competition that asked contestants for a 140-character statement on how they will change the world in the next 10 years.

Women’s Empowerment’s statement of change was: In the next 10 years, Sacramento will see 1,500 empowered women change the world as they find work that breaks the cycle of homelessness for their children – our future.

“We are still reeling from this amazing outpouring of support,” said Lisa Culp, Women’s Empowerment executive director. “We partner with so many of the organizations in this competition and felt privileged to be listed among them. We extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who voted for our organization – especially our graduates, who were some of our biggest supporters.”

Women’s Empowerment is the only job-readiness program exclusively serving homeless women in the greater Sacramento region. The 2009 Nonprofit of the Year has graduated 744 homeless women and their 900 children, with 93 percent of them finding permanent housing and 74 percent finding jobs or enrolling in school, despite the current economy. This unique program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. For more information, visit www.womens-empowerment.org.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, celebrated its 10th Annual Community Awards Luncheon and 10 years of a formal grants program by offering 17 grant recipients an additional way to impact the community through the online competition. The competition included more than 100,000 votes. For more information, visit www.smcscommunityvote.com.