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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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 – Peer Recovery Care Manager

    Job purpose

    Peer Recovery Case Manager will be encouraged to utilize client-centered, trauma-informed, harm reduction and strengths-based approaches to working with women in recovery and mental health services. To provide intensive one to one and group peer recovery services. Assist with MAT, Social Security acquisition, health coverage and SNAP/TANF/ RTD services. (more…)

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  • Job Announcement – Housing Peer Support Specialist

    Position: Housing Opportunities for People Living with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) Housing Peer Support Specialist

    Department: Health and Housing

    Job Description:  The HOPWA Housing Peer Support Specialist works directly with women living with HIV who are either homeless or housed to maintain and/or acquire housing. The Peer Support Specialist would be available to assist in any life skills support services and education that will benefit women to live well independently and with their families, to access needed supports to maintain housing, and to help women access all needed eligibility requirements to access housing throughout the community. The Peer Support Specialist will work with current medical care managers, Empowerment housing staff, community landlords and resources/supports to ensure participant needs are being met.

    HOPWA Housing Peer Support Specialist is responsible for:

    • Understanding and implementing the HOPWA Scope of Work and completing required documentation
    • Supportive, non-judgmental peer counseling in which participants can explore their options and issues related to housing; ranging from external obstacles such as poverty, to psychological obstacles such as long-term impacts of trauma
    • Providing individualized treatment services that change with the needs and desires of the participant
    • Transporting participants to important medical, benefits, or housing appointments
    • Meeting participants in their home and community to provide needed support and assistance
    • Life skills education: psycho-educational groups and individual education
    • Referrals to support services that support maintaining or accessing housing (benefits, employment, in-home services/HCBS, mental health treatment, substance use treatment, community resources for furniture/home goods, food banks, transportation services, etc).
    • Assistance with accessing necessary documents for housing & other resources such as identification, birth certificate, social security cards, etc.
    • Advocating for participants in landlord/tenant issues
    • Understanding and implementing gender-responsive and trauma informed care

    Other Responsibilities Include:

    • Agency Team Meetings
    • Maintaining Self-Care
    • Other duties as assigned


    • Must have reliable vehicle, valid driver’s license and insurance.
    • Working understanding of harm reduction theory and trauma informed services, preferred.
    • Applicable professional or life experience is preferred.
    • Experience working with a diverse population.
    • Ability to handle stressful situations with participants who may be dealing with trauma and loss.


    • Commensurate salary
    • Excellent benefits, including health/dental available, paid vacation, sick and holidays,
    • Friendly work environment with a diverse and committed staff.

    To Apply:  Submit resume and experience to Lynn Thayer.  Please, no calls.

    Fax:  303-320-3987


    The Empowerment Program is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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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 devin-tempton@empowermentprogram.org or (303) 320-1989 x213.

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