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

  • Colorado GIVES Day!

    ‘Tis the season for gratitude and giving!

    Please give where you live and support us on Colorado’s largest day of giving, Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 5!
    On this day, thousands of people come together to support Colorado nonprofits like ours. When you donate to The Empowerment Program, you’re helping us empower women to overcome issues of substance abuse, trauma, mental health, homelessness, poverty, lack of education, and unemployment.

    Please help us reach our goal of $10,000!
    To donate to us on Colorado Gives Day: Donate to Empowerment!

    This 24-hour movement is a chance to increase the value of your donation, thanks to the $1 Million Incentive Fund. Created by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, the fund increases the value of every dollar donated proportionally. For example, if we receive 10 percent of the total donations made on Colorado Gives Day, we will receive 10 percent of the $1 Million Incentive Fund.
    *Colorado Gives Day is powered by ColoradoGives.org, a year-round website featuring more than 2,000 nonprofits. The site encourages charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about Colorado nonprofits. It is an easy way to support us online.


    We are so grateful for your continued support!
    *You may donate at any time

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  • 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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