Our Mission

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.


Since 1986

We’ve worked to decrease the number of women living in poverty who have significant barriers to self-sufficiency due to involvement in the criminal justice system, substance abuse, and violence.


How We Do It

We provide onsite education, employment training, counseling, supportive services and long-term follow-up support services.


Metamorphosis

The successful delivery of self-sufficiency services helps many women decrease or completely stop their criminal activities.



Join us for our Mission



Integrated Treatment

We believe in a holistic approach, from mental health and drug treatment programs, to group wellness education and acupuncture.

Education

General Equivalency Degree (GED) prep, including an initial assessment, individual tutoring, pre-tests and financial assistance for test administration.

Housing

Empowerment owns and operates 5 apartment buildings, providing transitional and permanent housing for homeless women living with chronic mental and/or physical disabilities.

Criminal Justice

We provide and partner with other organizations which provide a wide range of services to help women who are or have been incarcerated.

Employment

Job readiness training, resume assistance, online job search, and other employment related support services for those with barriers to employment.

Women's AIDS Project

Comprehensive medical case management and prevention services. Assistance with transportation, housing, and emergency expenses.

 

Our Team

Carol Lease

303-320-1989, Ext. 211

Alyssa Montgomery

303-320-1989, Ext. 234

Barb Youel-Bendz, BS

303-320-1989, Ext. 209

Brandi Haberl, LSW

303-320-1989, Ext. 224

Brenda Marquardt, LSW Candidate

303-320-1989, Ext. 222

Channa Alles, MSW, MPA, CACIII

303-320-1989, Ext. 208

Corinthiah Brown-Smith, CACIII

303-320-1989, Ext. 206

Cynthia Chien, PhD

303-320-1989, Ext. 217

Devin Tempton, MSW

303-320-1989, Ext. 213

Donna Leigh

303-320-1989, Ext. 231

Elizabeth Fisher

303-320-1989, Ext. 237

Joycee Kennedy, LCSW, BCD

303-320-1989, Ext. 215

Karen Fortier

303-320-1989, Ext. 204

Laura Schneider

303-320-1989, Ext. 238

Liza Johnson, CACI

303-320-1989, Ext. 226

Lori Boothe, MA

303-320-1989, Ext. 205

Lori Little

303-320-1989, Ext. 229

Lynda Pelaez, MA, CNA

303-320-1989, Ext. 220

Lynn Thayer, MPA

303-320-1989, Ext. 236

Maria Valdes

303-320-1989, Ext. 239

Marquitta Brown, CACII

303-320-1989 Ext. 225

Meghan Behring

303-320-1989 Ext, 221

Roxy Falsetto, MSW

303-320-1989 Ext. 216

Stephanie Romero

303-320-1989 Ext. 202

Sue Rincon

303-320-1989, Ext. 210

Vittoria Whitsett

303-320-1989, Ext. 227