The Empowerment Program, located near 18th & York in Denver, is a specialized agency for women experiencing poverty and homelessness. Many of the women served here have come directly out of prison and many have prostitution records as well -- they have resorted to whatever means necessary to feed their children or tread water.
EP helps educate these women in various ways, from getting their GEDs, to providing crisis management courses and vital job-readiness skills. Without this institution, many of these women would easily fall through the cracks...
I recently interviewed Elizabeth Fisher, a Program Assistant and development staff member.
Q: Hi, Elizabeth! How long have you been with EP and what first brought you here?
Elizabeth: I have been with EP for 4 ½ years. I always wanted to work for a non-profit agency and a friend who worked here told me about an open position I should apply for.
Q: What do you think are some of the most successful programs at EP? What do they accomplish?
Elizabeth: I think some of the most successful programs are the G.E.D. Program and the Trauma Narrative Class. Education is very important in our society to get ahead as well as to get ahead with one's self-esteem. Trauma Narrative Class helps our participants get in touch with the trauma that has happened in their lives and move forward.
Q: What other programs would you personally like to see added if you could afford them? What other resources does EP need?
Elizabeth: An exercise program or sports program would be great! Besides monetary donations, EP can always use feminine hygiene, new and gently used bedding for single beds, towels, new windows and a new roof for our office building.
Q: Who are some of the other nonprofits you work with?
Elizabeth: Some of the other nonprofits we work with are The Gathering Place, Mile High United Way, Salvation Army, Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods, Catholic Charities, The Gill Foundation, Mental Health Center of Denver just to name a few.
Q: What's been the most satisfying part of your job?
Elizabeth: The most satisfying part of my job is working for such a terrific executive director who possesses such great vision of what The Empowerment Program can do for disadvantaged women in the Denver Metro area by always improving and implementing new programs and ideas.
Coming up on their events schedule, the Empowerment Program will have a benefit show at Herb's Hideout, supported by Musicians In Action on Sunday, 5/30/10. This show will feature several bands, including the owner's band, Alive on Arrival. To learn more about EP, please visit their web site.