To ensure we are supporting the health and well-being of our participants, staff, families, community partners, volunteers, and ideally the population at large, Empowerment has made the decision to temporarily close our location at 1600 York Street until further notice.  We are making these decisions based on the information we currently have and recommendations from various federal, state, and local experts and authorities regarding COVID-19:  

Effective immediately, Empowerment team members will be moving to a virtual working environment, you may reach staff by e-mail or phone. Find a directory in the Contact section of the website. 
Please check out our website for more information and updates in the POSTS section below. 

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.

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This site contains HIV prevention messages that may not be appropriate for all audiences. Since HIV infection is spread primarily through sexual practices or by sharing needles, prevention messages and programs may address these topics.  If you are not seeking such information or may be offended by such materials, please exit this Website.

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

  • The Vagina Monologues

    February 15, & 16 @ Mercury Cafe

    This year’s production consists of staff and participants of the Empowerment Program!  100% of ticket sales and additional donations will go to The Empowerment Program. We thank you for your support!

    Mercury Cafe
    2199 California Street, Denver, CO 80205

    For more information of if you have any questions,
    please contact Laura Schneider at 303-320-1989, Ext. 238 or
    Purchase your tickets below!

    VM Tickets
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  • Donation Wish List

    Empowerment’s Donation Wish List

    Empowerment’s clothes closet accepts business casual work clothes for women who are preparing to enter the workforce.  We are making a special request for the following items:

    • Black slip-resistant shoes ( women’s sizes 6 to 10)
    • Tennis Shoes (women’s sizes 6 to 10)
    • Black steel-toe boots (women’s sizes 6 to 10)
    • Black Dress Pants (all sizes, especially 2X and over)
    • Button-up solid white and solid black shirts (all sizes, short-and long-sleeved)
    • Black socks
    • Belts
    • Bras (all sizes)
    • NEW Women’s Underwear (all sizes)

    Our Individual Placement and Support (IPS) supported employment program relies on these items to help place job-seeking women in positions of employment. We also accept monetary donations in the form of VISA gift cards ($10.00, $20.00, and $30.00 denominations). We give these out as incentives for job obtainment and retention. We also welcome monetary donations that would go towards any other clothes or tools that our participants need to start the job.

    Anything that you donate will help our cause. Donations are tax-deductible, and you will receive a letter as proof of your donation. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Devin Tempton at or (303) 320-1989 x213.

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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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