On my drive into the office this morning, I heard a great interview on my local NPR station, Capitol Public Radio. Lisa Culp, the Executive Director for an organization called Women’s Empowerment, spoke about how hard it’s been to turn women away from the program this year.
“Housing foreclosures not only affect people who own the homes but people who rent those homes. People are being laid off from work. They don’t have the buffer that you and I might have of family or friends that they can stay with. And now they’re on the streets.”
Women’s Empowerment offers a variety of services for women and children, including daycare, job training and, of course, empowering women to make positive changes in their lives. This year saw the largest group of formerly homeless women graduating from the program, 27 in total.
“There are even more people who are motivated to change their life and to get off the streets than you have space for or resources to attend to. So turning away people was one of the hardest things we’ve done in the seven years we’ve been here.”
I’ve been looking for a local organization whose focus is not only women, but providing concrete skills and instilling confidence so these women can reenter the workforce and provide for their children.
I plan on contacting the organization about anything I can do to help out, be it monetary donations or my time. I encourage you to reach out to a charitable organization in your community. You can start your search at Volunteer Match.