On March 15th, Women's Empowerment, a non-profit based in Sacramento, made their 50th visit to Pipeworks. We were able to catch up with leaders and participants in this amazing program to get the scoop on their partnership with Pipeworks.
"Sacramento Pipeworks has been working with Women's Empowerment since 2004," said Pipeworks manager Vaughn Medford. "They are headquartered only a couple blocks away from the gym, so it is not unusual to see a group of women 10-15 power walking over to the gym on Fridays. They use the gym to work out in the weight area and do cardio. The members have become accustomed to seeing the group, and we're all supportive of such an important cause."
"On our morning walks to Pipeworks each Friday, the ladies share their excitement and enthusiasm for the opportunity to focus on themselves for that one hour," said Nancy Nguyen, the program assistant at Women's Empowerment. "By attending Fitness Fridays, the ladies step out of their everyday lives and enter a world that allows them to make a change for themselves and their children."
The group assists women who are homeless, jobless or in abusive situations. Women’s Empowerment has served 916 women and their 1,376 children. In May 2009, they were named Nonprofit of the Year by the Nonprofit Resource Center, one of the highest honors a nonprofit can receive in the Sacramento region.
"The mission of Women’s Empowerment is to educate and empower women who are homeless with the skills and confidence necessary to get a job, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and regain a home for themselves and their children. Our partnership with Pipeworks has become essential to the fulfillment of that mission," said Nguyen.
Women's Empowerment runs eight week sessions in which a new group of women learns the importance of caring for their bodies through excersize and healthy eating.
“I was afforded the opportunity to join Fitness Fridays at Pipeworks because I attend Women’s Empowerment’s program. Since I started coming here, I have come to realize how important health is and how much better I feel each time I exercise," said Debbie Tulysewski, who has attended every Fitness Friday class during her session. "This place is awesome! I can’t say enough good things about Pipeworks. It has state of the art exercise equipment. The building is clean, spacious, and has helpful staff members. I walk into a positive and energetic atmosphere that makes me want to be a better person! I'm making positive changes, and I have now included fitness and nutrition as part of my lifestyle! Pipeworks has no doubt changed my outlook on healthy living and overall fitness.”
Theresa, another participent, said that "In recent years health and fitness was a very low priority. But now I've got a second chance! I think it has been a really great experience," said Theresa. "Exercising at Pipeworks has gotten me back in the habit of walking again. I try to take three walks a day now. I am definitely more conscious of the food I eat. Everyone at Pipeworks has been so nice to all of us!"
Find out more about this incredible organization at Women's Empowerment.
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