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Helping the Homeless and Empowering Women

The graduates stand to declare why they are "women of worth" while Charlene cheers in the background.

The Empowerment Show and Live workshop series was designed to teach homeless women as they start on a transformational path to economic self-sufficiency and autonomy. Having come from all sorts of backgrounds, these women have suffered from domestic violence, the loss of their children to foster care, and/or drug addiction.

“I will look not look for someone else to tell me I am worthy or look for others to boost my self esteem, but to acknowledge myself for my achievements…”

“The empowerment program has made me stronger. It has taught me how to cope with the fact that my baby is gone (to foster care). I’m thinking more positive now and I have more hope…”

These sample comments from women who have participated in Charlene Proctor's program, illustrate how these single moms are changing their lives one step at a time.

“We are teaching them to be the incredible women they forgot they were,” says Charlene Proctor Ph.D, Goddess Network founder and bestselling author who developed this program on how to implement positive life changes. Joining forces with Lighthouse/PATH, an organization which is dedicated to helping homeless families, Charlene used both of her books as a springboard: Let Your Goddess Grow: 7 Spiritual Lessons on Female Power and Positive Thinking and Women’s Book of Empowerment: 323 Affirmations That Change Everyday Problems Into Moments of Potential.

Slated as The Empowerment Show, this educational program was designed as an electronic “webinar/teleclass” that presented the 7 spiritual lessons from Let Your Goddess Grow to an audience who was moving from crisis to self-sufficiency. The on-line learning was brought to the homeless women's shelter via computers where the women learned to navigate a conference call, download class notes, and send email. While increasing their technological competence, they learned how to think positive, release the past, and find balance in their lives.

In addition, the women gathered weekly at The Goddess Network in Birmingham, Michigan to participate in an experiential workshop that highlighted the concepts. There they learned to open their voice and state their intentions to lead a life of joy, prosperity, and good health. With the combined job placements that PATH provided, the women learned that learning to live in the present moment and setting a new mental equivalent for success was the foundation of a new and productive life.

Charlene conceived this high-tech but hands-on approach in order to be able to reach out to families across the U.S. The hope is that the program will be integrated into a national network of those in need, helping women in transition develop support groups to discuss how the 7 lessons of empowerment can steer them back to a successful path.

Lighthouse/PATH's mission is to eliminate the cycle of poverty by offering transitional housing, life skill courses and children's services that foster self-esteem, self-sufficiency, and economic autonomy. For 15 years, PATH has helped women and children move from poverty to independence with a 91% success rate.

"This empowerment program has helped them embrace their own limitlessness. It has helped them to develop the courage to succeed on their own,” says Charlene. In terms of mothers and children, learning how to become empowered is a skill that can be passed on through the generations. Therefore, it is everyone's hope, that the combined lessons of PATH and The Goddess Network will benefit families now and in the future.

If you are interested in learning more about the E-Show and how to be electronically empowered, you can visit http://www.thegoddessnetwork.com/connect.php?page=eshow or email us directly at tgn@thegoddessnetwork.net. We will find a way to get it to you!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Charlene M. Proctor, who holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree, is the founder of The Goddess Network, an online educational community with over 40,000 members which focuses on developing self-empowerment strategies for women in all walks of life. She teaches affirmative realization, resiliency, and self love, and helps many women form circles and self-help groups. Her lectures, workshops, and electronic programs reach a worldwide audience daily through www.thegoddessnetwork.net, www.Beliefnet.com and many other websites. Charlene is included in the new book The Courage Code, which features stories of women who are making a difference in the world.

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The graduates stand to declare why they are "women of worth" while Charlene cheers in the background.93.31 KB
Leah Black-Elk graduates from the program with a committment to going back to school and starting a day-care business.80.81 KB
Each woman received a live butterfly to set free as a symbol of their growth and transformation.38.76 KB
Dorothy, an empowerment show participant, feels good about moving forward in life.86.12 KB
At the graduation ceremoney, the women's "I AM" statements were visible to everyone. These "self declations" were their new mantra for a positive self image.85.23 KB
Leah Black-Elk graduates from the program with a committment to going back to school and starting a day-care business.
Each woman received a live butterfly to set free as a symbol of their growth and transformation.
Dorothy, an empowerment show participant, feels good about moving forward in life.
At the graduation ceremoney, the women's "I AM" statements were visible to everyone. These "self declations" were their new mantra for a positive self image.

Comments

cgoodmojab's picture

Women's Ways of Knowing

Extraordinary project. The vision to take such a multifaceted and not-at-all-simplistic approach is worth emulating by others who seek to help women find empowerment. I have two questions for you. Did you undertake any focus group work to see what the women needed and what their input was as you developed the project? (You might get two very different sets of input if you conducted focus groups before and after the project, as the women were finding their voices during the project.) And, are you familiar with the books "Women's Ways of Knowing" and "Knowledge Difference and Power" by the research team of Belenky, Clinchy, Goldberger, and Tarule? (See http://www.webster.edu/~woolflm/wwok.html for a brief overview of their work.) I thought of both of these books as I read your description of your work with women seeking to reclaim their lives after. If you aren't familiar with them, I'm guessing you would find them useful in your work. Best wishes to you.

Cynthia Good Mojab
Director, LifeCircle Counseling and Consulting, LLC

Auma's picture

Unique.

Your work is great and i would like to hear more about it.This project would really work well with my community where women have low self esteem due to belief of being an inferior sex,poverty and abusive pasts.
I am impressed,please let us be in touch.Cheers!

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