The Walmart Foundation’s California State Giving Program has awarded a $29,800 grant to Sacramento-based Women’s Empowerment, which will use the proceeds for its job-readiness programs for homeless women.
“This grant will help us provide job readiness training to 250 women in the Sacramento area in 2014, so they can break the cycle of homelessness for themselves and their children,” said Lisa Culp, executive director of Women’s Empowerment.
Women’s Empowerment’s initial eight-week program for homeless women addresses their basic needs, such as health and housing, while preparing them to become work-ready. The job-readiness component is predominantly taught by community volunteers and includes computer literacy training, resume writing, communication skills and interview skills. Once women graduate from Women’s Empowerment, they can join the advanced job readiness program that includes internships, paid job training programs and certifications.
In 2013, Women’s Empowerment said 81 percent of graduates found homes and 90 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training.
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