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.


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.


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


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.


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

Julie Kiehl, JD

303-320-1989, Ext. 211

Alyssa Montgomery

303-320-1989, Ext. 206

Brandi Haberl, LCSW

303-320-1989, Ext. 224

Brenda Marquardt, LSW

303-320-1989, Ext. 222

Cassandra Harris

303-320-1989, Ext. 218

Channa Alles, MSW, MPA, CACIII

303-320-1989, Ext. 208

Cynthia Chien, PhD

303-320-1989, Ext. 217

Deborah Lawton

303-320-1989, Ext. 253

Devin Richards, MSW

303-320-1989, Ext. 225

Devin Tempton, MSW

303-320-1989, Ext. 213

Donna Leigh

303-320-1989, Ext. 231

Elizabeth Fisher

303-320-1989, Ext. 237

George Ware, MS

303-320-1989, Ext. 210

Joycee Kennedy, LCSW, BCD

303-320-1989, Ext. 215

Karen Fortier

303-320-1989, Ext. 204

Laura Schneider

303-320-1989, Ext. 238

Leah Dirkse

303-320-1989, Ext, 230

Leta Calvert

303-320-1989, Ext. 240

Liza Johnson, CACI

303-320-1989, Ext. 226

Lori Boothe, MA

303-320-1989, Ext. 205

Lynn Thayer, MPA

303-320-1989, Ext. 236

Maria Valdes

303-320-1989, Ext. 207

Marquitta Brown

303-320-1989 Ext. 239

Marsha Allison

303-320-1989 Ext. 202

Meghan Behring, CAC II

303-320-1989 Ext. 221

Nevaeh Anderson

303-320-1989 Ext. 227

Reilly Rebhahn

303-320-1989, Ext. 220

Roxy Falsetto, MSW

303-320-1989 Ext. 214

Stephanie Romero

303-320-1989 Ext. 220

Sue Rincon

303-320-1989, Ext. 210