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

  • A New Theory about Violence Prevention

    We recommend a new diagnosis be developed based on “Impaired Sensory-Emotional Integration”, stemming from the inability to feel.  Violence should be regarded as a public health issue in the same manner of other epidemics.

    “Impaired Sensory-Emotional Integration”, more broadly referred to as emotional numbing, is a necessary variable, but not a sufficient precursor to violent behavior.  Cognitive risk factors in violent behavior include: an individual who is struggling with command hallucinations/violent delusions, is having terrorist ideology, is entitled to sexual gratification, is seeking revenge, is divisive, and is wishing to die.

    We believe the loss of the ability to feel is the worst affliction known to humankind – we believe some individuals don’t feel, they are in such a desensitized state there is no visceral inhibition.

    The following screening questions are developed from the theory of state-dependent “Impaired Sensory-Emotional Integration”:

    1. Do you feel emotionally shut down as if you had lost the ability to feel?
    2. Are you less sensitive to things you normally care about?


    The Empowerment Program Advisory Council together with Wahlberg and Kennedy
    Walberg, L., Kennedy, J., and J. Simpson. (2003).  “Impaired Sensory-Emotional Integration in a Violent Adolescent Sexual Offender.”
    Journal of Child Sexual Abuse 12(3): 1-15.  The Haworth Press, Inc.
    January, 2017

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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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  • Black Lives Matter

    Empowerment Black Lives Matter / HIV and Historical Trauma

    Join us for an all day Educational conference on
    Generational Trauma – a barrier to knowing our HIV status”.

    Friday, September 30, 2016 at 9am-3pm.

    Hosted at: Church in the City-Beth Abraham
    1580 Gaylord Street (Enter on the 16th Street Entrance)

    For more information please call:
    Corinthiah: 303-320-1989 ext. 239
    Vittoria: 303-320-1989 ext. 227

     We want to help build community, increase safety, support our community for racial justice, talk about privilege, remove the stigma of HIV/AIDS, and encourage people to know their status.

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