Women in need, we’re here for you.

The mission of the Empowerment Program is to provide education, employment assistance, health, housing referrals, and support services for women who are in disadvantaged positions due to incarceration, poverty, homelessness, HIV/AIDS infection, and/or involvement in the criminal justice system. Our goal is to decrease rates of recidivism by providing case management, support services, basic skills education, housing and resource coordination that can offer alternatives to habits and choices that may lead to criminal behaviors.

Here’s how to start your journey.

Sign Up for Orientation

Call 303-320-1989 to make an appointment! Press 3 for enrollment information. Dial ext. 238 to speak with Laura about attending an orientation.

Attend Orientation

Orientation is by appointment only! Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.

Attend groups and services!


 Latest Posts

  • Employment Opportunity – Behavioral Therapist

    Behavioral Therapist

    Are you interested in trauma-informed or gender-responsive services? Are you someone who is concerned about the incarceration of people struggling with substance use or mental health issues? If so, you may be a great fit for this opportunity.

    The Empowerment Program is seeking a full-time behavioral therapist to provide individual and group counseling to women who are impacted by HIV, involved in the criminal justice system, have life-long histories of trauma, consistently or intermittently using drugs and living with mental illness.  The Empowerment Program has provided health, housing, employment and education services for women involved in the criminal justice system since 1985.   Services are provided in a trauma informed, culturally relevant, harm reduction agency in a respectful and non-judgmental atmosphere with a focus on relational empowerment.   (more…)

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  • Project Bedtime Story – Children’s Books Needed!

    Project Bedtime Story provides incarcerated women and men at Denver County Jail with a unique, and sometimes very emotional, opportunity, to share a story book with their children.  Every Monday afternoon, 10-20 incarcerated parents and grandparents read story books to their children into voice recorders. After they read the books and add a personal message, the book and CD are then sent to the children to to enjoy over and over.  This project bridges the distance between incarcerated parents and their chldren.  In addition to comforting the child and parent, the effort also helps build the child’s library of books, helps develop language and listening skills, encourages a love of reading and a sense of curiosity, helps promotes literacy throughout the family, helps increase the child’s prospects for success in school and life, and strengthens the bond they share. (more…)

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  • Crochet 101: Empowerment Squares

    Calling all yarn enthusiasts!!! The Empowerment Program is beginning an exciting new project, Crochet 101: Empowerment Squares. The participants in the group are learning how to crochet by making granny squares. Through learning (and re-learning) a craft, they are able to give back to their community by hand crafting blankets and other possible projects. We will begin by making granny square blankets; designing the layouts, crocheting them together, and deciding who will receive their hand made Empowerment Squares (name in the works).

    We need your help!
    1. donate yarn! (mostly worsted (4)
    2. donate hooks! (G, H, I or other)
    3. donate squares! (we would love for you to be involved!)
    4. donate your time! (join us)
    5. donate money! (we can always use help with funding 🙂

    Contact:  laura-schneider@empowermentprogram.org

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