Women’s Empowerment’s mission is to educate and empower women who are homeless with the skills and confidence necessary to secure a job, create a healthy lifestyle, and regain a home for themselves and their children. Their onsite child development center goes far beyond childcare to address the developmental, medical, emotional and educational needs of homeless children.
Each year, Women’s Empowerment serves more than 600 women of all ethnicities who are homeless ages 18 and up and living in the greater Sacramento area, as well as their 120 children. The women and children they serve face monumental barriers, including health disparities, racial injustice and the effects of chronic poverty. Most women in the program are single mothers, and more than a third have children too young for preschool. Women’s Empowerment’s comprehensive child development center is usually their only option for quality child care and a key place to build developmental skills.
With this $5000 grant, Women’s Empowerment will provide pre- and post-child development assessment materials for 50 homeless children enrolled in our child development center this year. They will also provide toys and tools for developmental assessments and children with special needs. Lastly, they will offer healthy snacks and meals for the children, as well as formula and diapers.