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Program for Homeless Women Celebrates Milestones

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Stacey Jackson graduated Thursday.  She says the job skills and life skills she has learned have given her a fresh start.

JACKSON: "Well, when I came here 8 ½ weeks ago, I didn't have a clue who I was or where I was going. I came here to Women's empowerment and they told me, 'After 50, you can do something and become somebody." 

Jackson was homeless three months ago.  She's comforted knowing the training doesn't end at graduation.  

JACKSON: "Women's Empowerment has an after-program to help keep you on the right track, and stuff, to come here to continue to better yourself to continue, um, when you feel like you do have doubts, you have support" 

Lisa Culp directs the program and says it began as a job skills program, but it has become much more.

CULP: "We're providing advanced training and partnerships with organizations like Paratransit who took eight women last session.  And now, seven of them are employed full time with full health benefits.  This time, they want 15 women."

Women's empowerment says three-quarters of its graduates have found jobs.  94 percent have found housing. 
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