Local women celebrate overcoming homelessness at Women’s Empowerment’s 12th Annual Celebration of Independence Gala on Oct. 3. Photo: © Diana Miller Photography

Women’s Empowerment Gala exceeds goals
Raises more than $160,000 to help women break the cycle of homelessness


More than 650 community members, including 100 women once homeless, attended the 12th Annual Celebration of Independence Gala that benefits Women’s Empowerment, a local nonprofit helping women who are homeless find homes and jobs so they can support their families. The event exceeded its goals, raising more than $160,000 and securing donors to sponsor 100 of the organization’s graduates to attend. 

The event, which raises funds for Women’s Empowerment and honors the group’s 1,086 graduates was held at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel in Sacramento. Guests mingled with graduates and enjoyed a formal dinner, live and silent auctions, live music and presentations from the graduates.

“This was a groundbreaking event, proving once again that Sacramento wants to be part of the solution to ending homelessness,” said Lisa Culp, executive director. “In December, we will celebrate our 1,100th graduate. Women who are homeless across Sacramento continue to step up and step out of homelessness for good, thanks to the job-readiness skills and encouragement they receive from this community.”

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 1,086 homeless women and their more than 2,000 children. Last year, 90 percent of graduates found homes and nearly 80 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. To donate online: www.womens-empowerment.org.


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