Comstock's magazine 0618 - June 2018 - Page 87

Women's Empowerment Ending homelessness one woman — one family — at a time H omelessness increased 47 percent from 2016 to 2017 in Sacramento County, according to California Housing Partnership Corporation in cooperation with Sacramento Housing Alliance. The County Office of Education reports more than 13,000 school- age children currently experience homelessness. Women’s Empowerment (WE) fights those staggering statistics. “Women and children comprise the homeless population’s largest and fastest growing segment,” says Lisa Culp, Executive Director. WE educates and empowers homeless women with skills and confidence to get jobs, create healthy lifestyles, and regain safe homes for themselves and their children. WE offers nine-week job-readiness classes four times per year. “Eighty percent of our graduates are getting jobs, which is incredible, but we never forget the other 20 percent,” says Culp. “It is with these women in mind that we launched our social enterprise, The Get A Job Kit, a small business with a powerful mission. The Get A Job Kit hires graduates to produce and sell our all-in-one career organizer to school districts, colleges and organizations assisting jobseekers nationwide. With current work experience on their resume and the confidence to excel as an employee these graduates are now securing jobs.” With the