Women’s Empowerment Receives $110,000 For Health Programs
The California Wellness Foundation recently granted $100,000 to Women’s Empowerment to be given over two years to fund its health programs for women who are homeless and their children. Women’s Empowerment also received a $10,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente for its Wellness and Recovery substance abuse education and support groups.
“Women and children who are homeless have numerous health needs, from basic women’s health exams to dental care and wellness and recovery support groups,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “We are grateful to The California Wellness Foundation and Kaiser for recognizing these important needs that are often barriers to women finding jobs so they can support their families.”
Women’s Empowerment’s health programs address women’s and children’s myriad health needs, connecting them to dental care, physicals, well woman exams, HIV testing and care, eye exams and glasses, smoking cessation, substance abuse treatment and groups, health care enrollment, health education and more. The nonprofit weaves fitness components into its job training programs, including trips to the gym and walking groups, as well as yoga for its Wellness and Recovery groups for women with a history of substance abuse.
Kaiser’s grant to Women’s Empowerment helps fund the nonprofit’s two Wellness and Recovery groups – one for current students and one for graduates of the program. In the groups, women are educated about the effects of substance abuse and the roles of family members and others in drug dependency. They learn to take action and create a self-care plan to avoid relapse.
“Many government agencies and nonprofits have lost funding for substance abuse education and prevention programs, so we stepped in,” Culp said. “Substance abuse is a root cause of homelessness and must be addressed in order for women to break the cycle of homelessness for themselves and their children. We are grateful that Kaiser chose to fund this important program.”
Women’s Empowerment offers the only comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. For more information and to donate online, visit www.womens-empowerment.org.