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

  • Job Announcement – Substance Abuse Counselor

    The Empowerment Program – Substance Abuse Job Description

    Must maintain an active certification or licensure with the Department of Regulatory Agencies, be in good standing, and provide proof therein to the Director of Substance Abuse Treatment Services at the Empowerment Program.  Must be able to work with a team and work in a relational, assets-based, harm reduction model of services for women.

    Substance Abuse Counselor Job Duties: 

      • Provide outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment to women with co-occurring disorders and histories of trauma.
      • Conduct substance abuse and bio-psycho-social assessments on all individuals entering ADAD substance abuse treatment at Empowerment.
      • Facilitate or co-facilitate weekly substance abuse classes or support groups.
      • Facilitate trauma, drug treatment classes at the Denver County Jail. (more…)
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  • 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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