Every day at Women’s Empowerment, we are inspired by
women who rise above immense barriers to lift themselves and their children out
of homelessness. Drawing on the tools, training, and newfound hope they gain
through our program and community, these women are changing the trajectory of
their lives and impacting generations to come.
Miracles like this are meant to be celebrated! Join us for A Celebration of Independence, the 18th Annual Women’s Empowerment Gala on June 20th. Last year’s event raised over $200,000 – funding that paved the way for women experiencing homelessness to join the workforce. This year, your support is needed more than ever. Homelessness is complicated – making a difference is simple.
PLACE: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1209 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Parking Instructions: A discounted rate of $9.00 will be available in the attached parking garage for up to 350 guests, subject to availability. Other parking option: The Capitol Garage on L and 10th Streets ($5.00 maximum after 5 pm). Also consider using Lyft or Uber.
Simoni discovered Women’s Empowerment while staying at Sister Noah’s, a nearby shelter. She had suffered from addiction and mental health issues and was severely depressed.
In the past she had worked in the restaurant business and owned a restaurant in Yosemite, CA. When the economy tanked, she had to lay people off and eventually lost her business along with hundreds of thousands of dollars she’d invested into it.
These unfortunate events and stress lead to Simoni’s inability to maintain a steady job.
While at Women’s Empowerment, she participated in a career assessment which helped her realize she was an extremely creative individual. Simoni had always thought about being an esthetician but had no experience and doubted anyone would hire her.
Nonetheless she put herself out there and applied for a position at Macy’s working at their various make up counters. The hiring manager absolutely loved Simoni and hired her in early March of 2016.
On August 24th, 2016 Simoni stopped by Women’s Empowerment to share her good news, and rang the job bell.
Since graduating from Women’s Empowerment in Session 61, Simoni has moved into her own one bedroom, one bathroom apartment. She is enjoying the simple things in life and has recently met up with friends at Chipotle for the first time.
One afternoon Natoshi DuBose was searching the web and came across an article about Women’s Empowerment’s Get A Job Kit program. She clicked on the link which brought her to the Women’s Empowerment website and promptly registered for an orientation.
“I was worried about the referral process, and didn’t think I’d get in.” But she did, and was accepted as a member of Session 60.
At the time Natoshi had just given birth to her first child and was suffering from postpartum depression. She was unemployed and was staying with relatives. It was hard for her to trust others taking care of her baby boy but came to appreciate the support the child care center provided.
Natoshi was on welfare, something she vowed she’d never receive. She attended Chico State and Butte College as a young adult, but nonetheless found herself homeless more than once.
She’s worked hard to get back into the workforce and is working towards financial independence, where she will no longer be reliant on these services.
After graduating from Women’s Empowerment, Natoshi applied for the Get A Job Kit program, her way of discovering WE in the first place. She completed the program in late December of 2015 and went on to participate in our Money Matters course.
Natoshi has done it all, and Women’s Empowerment can’t seem to shake this determined woman. She is currently a part of the Community Work Exchange Program through CalWorks and has worked 20 hours a week, for the last six months at Women’s Empowerment to complete her customer service training. She is also working on a Bachelors of Science and Health Administration from South University, and is set to graduate in the coming months.
In the near future Natoshi plans to reopen For My Sister’s House, a nonprofit organization her mother founded for breast cancer awareness. She will also work towards a PhD and own a home. In the meantime Natoshi is awaiting the arrival of her next child, due in late September.
If there is one thing Natoshi wants women considering the program to know it’s that, “Some people expect Women’s Empowerment to change their lives, and it will, but you have to put the work in, in order to do so.”
For many years Jennifer was in an unhealthy, toxic relationship. She and her husband were struggling with addiction and once they brought their daughter into the world, had to give guardianship to her in laws who could provide a healthier, stable environment for her.
While staying in transitional housing, Jennifer discovered Women’s Empowerment and was accepted into Session 62.
“Women’s Empowerment offered me a safe space where I could let my guard down. Transitional housing situations can be crazy and not ideal. I never knew who I could trust. WE showed me that I am not alone, nor do I have to be and made me feel more secure.”
Since graduating, Jennifer has been keeping busy.
As a young girl Jennifer played soccer until the age of eighteen years old. One day while at Women’s Empowerment she overheard a young woman talking about soccer, the Lady Salamanders to be exact. Jennifer did some research, contacted the team and began practicing with them.
The Lady Salamanders are part of the Street Soccer USA program, and participate in a league of nationwide Homeless Street Soccer teams.
“I fell in love with the concept. The league is for people recovering from homelessness, many who are recovering addicts or battling with mental illness. My teammates and I are all at different points in our recovery but it’s great because we offer one another support and a great community.”
The team offers Jennifer a supportive base where she can continue to work on her recovery but also just have fun with friends. When she’s playing soccer she forgets about all of the things weighing heavy on her mind.
“We get to apply the skills we use while on the field in our lives as well. Even just consistently showing up is huge.”
After becoming a member of the Lady Salamanders, Jennifer traveled with the team to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the league’s national championship. It was there that the Lady Salamanders won and six women were chosen for the national team and advanced to play in Scotland. Among them was Jennifer. Forty-eight countries were represented in Scotland. Jennifer and her teammates came in eighth and had a fantastic time.
When Jennifer isn’t winning national championships she enjoys volunteering at Wellspring, a local nonprofit and women’s center for low income and homeless women and children in Sacramento. Each week she, and her teammates play soccer with the children at Wellspring and have begun working with the ladies of Women’s Empowerment as well.
In the past Jennifer worked as a paralegal and legal assistant for 10 years. She is currently on the hunt for a job in this field of employment and is taking the necessary steps in order to spend more time with her beautiful four year old daughter Sophia.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 promises to be an unforgettable evening celebrating women. Sacramento’s Lara Downes has generously donated her time and talent to launch her new album, “Holes in the Sky” while raising awareness and funds for Women’s Empowerment. The evening will begin with a reception, an unforgettable concert experience and a post-event meet and greet.
Event Details: The event will be held on Wednesday March 13, 2019 6:00pm- 9:00pm at the Guild Theater 2828 35th street, Sacramento, Ca. 95817. General admission is $45. To purchase tickets click here.
Women’s Empowerment invites you to join us at Cabaret on K, an evening of live music and local art benefiting homeless women and children in Sacramento.
The uniquely talented Rogue Music Project will be joining us again — and this time, they’re bringing you a lineup that’s to die for! You can expect cabaret and jazzy favorites, along with a mix of classical and musical theatre pieces, all with a hauntingly beautiful twist. We had such a great turnout last year that our venue was filled to the brim, so this time around we are offering *TWO* separate performance seatings. That means you can catch Rogue Music Project’s Carrie Hennessey, Omari Tau, Jen Reason, Sarah Fitch, and CapRadio’s own Kevin Doherty, at either 6:00 PM or 7:45 PM that night.
Regardless of what performance seating you choose, our art gallery will remain open throughout the night. We’ll be featuring amazing artwork from a few of our region’s talented creatives. And 50% or more of all proceeds from art sold that night will go directly back to Women’s Empowerment!
Complimentary desserts will be offered, and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the night. And don’t forget — every dollar raised by this event helps transform the lives of homeless women and children through education, employment, and empowerment.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27th Doors Open: 5:15 PM 1st Seating: 6:00-7:00 PM 2nd Seating: 7:45-8:45 PM Art Gallery: 5:15-9:30 PM
1025 9TH STREET, SACRAMENTO
URBN Room @ Capitol Plaza Ballrooms