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

  • 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.

    Although their interaction is only through recorded words, even the practice of reading to a child and sending along a message of love can provide visible and lasting benefits.  When a parent is incarcerated, it seems as though the whole family is incarcerated.  Even though some people are only held briefly, the damage to the family dynamic, especially their relationship, can be traumatic.  The more connection there is, the less chance there is of recidivism.

    Children are never too young to have stories read to them, kids form so much of their intellectual potential during the early years of their life.  Kids and parents use reading time as bonding time.  Project Bedtime Story is an excellent opportunity for one-on-one communication – giving the children the attention they crave, where physical contact is no longer an option.

    The project provides books for children of all ages.  Because we mail the books and CD, paperback picture books are easiest and cheapest to mail, however nice hardcover picture books can last a lifetime.  Currently, we are not funded through any grant source, and all money spent comes out of Empowerment’s General Fund.  New books are so special, but gently used books are great too.

    Most needed books:  Picture books for preschool/elementary children & baby/toddler books such as board books.  Really, any children’s book would be wonderful!  It’s great when a child is able to experience the rhythm and melody of language even before they can fully understand the spoken or printed word.  Any and all assistance is very much appreciated.

    Donations may be dropped off at our office located at 1600 York Street, Denver, Colorado, 80206 or I can pick them up if you live in the area.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me by phone at 303-320-1989 ext. 238 or by e-mail at laura-schneider@empowermentprogram.orgThank you for your consideration in becoming a book donor!!  I look forward to hearing from you.  Have a wonderful day!


    Laura Schneider
    The Empowerment Program, Inc.

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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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  • 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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