Your donations really do help.

All donations are tax deductible to the highest extent allowed by law

Joe, Bob, Tina. These are just a few of the people we have been able to help over the years.  And we want to help more – help more families through their recovery, give more people a comfortable place to stay during a difficult time, offer services to more people who are without.

We can’t do it without you, and we’re asking you to get involved. There are many ways for you to join us in our mission to improve homelessness in Reno. Donate money (below); volunteer your time or services; sponsor or partner with us as a corporation or fundraiser; give goods; or find creative ways to get involved. Make The Empowerment Center part of your legacy plan.

Recovery Happens Here…

Since 2005, The Empowerment Center has been self-supporting through sober living resident fees, our annual fundraisers and community and individual donations. In recent years, our needs, our services and our volunteer staff have exceeded these modest sources of funding. Since opening our new facility on South Virginia in Reno, our ability to provide services to our at-risk population has grown by 309% – from eleven to thirty-four beds.

The Board of Directors and the management of The Empowerment Center are focusing on a larger, broader approach of development to meet the escalating costs associated with providing a high quality, yet affordable, recovery residence in northern Nevada.  Did you know your generous monthly contribution can make the difference between hope and hopelessness to an at-risk member of our community?

The Empowerment Center is a registered 501(c)(3) public benefit nonprofit corporation, incorporated in Nevada. All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. We are listed in the GuideStar database of nonprofit organizations, where you can obtain impartial information about our work. If you have any questions about our organization or our program services, please call Roxanne DeCarlo, Executive Director or Steve Maxwell, Program Director at (775) 853-5441. We will be happy to discuss our most vital needs, and to answer any questions you may have.

At this time, we are not equipped to accommodate recurring donations online  Please indicate in the descriptions area of the online donation form if you would like your contribution to be recurring. You can also make your check payable to “The Empowerment Center” and mail it to our office at the address listed below. Please provide your name and mailing address so that we can properly acknowledge your donation. If your gift is in honor of, or in memory of someone, please let us know who the honoree is. Please indicate also whether we can acknowledge your gift publicly.

A little can change a lot and every donation matters.

Your donations do everything from putting a roof over a man’s or woman’s head while they are reintegrating into the community to putting a hot meal on the table. Our needs for financial support are more fully described below. You can designate your contributions to help us in any of the following areas:

General Fund

Our General Fund underwrites the cost of our daily operations.  These unrestricted donations allow us the flexibility to use your contributions where they are most needed.

Housing Scholarship Fund

Our residents are responsible for 68% of the cost to provide them safe and sober housing and all the services that go along with it. When residents first enter the program, they are often overwhelmed by their newly found sobriety, learning to live in a clean and sober environment, and the challenges of finding employment. Depending on an individual’s circumstances and willingness to embrace the programs offered, we grant either full or partial scholarships to help them to become stable, self-supporting members of our recovery community. Recipients of scholarship funds are asked to help replenish the revolving fund either through donations of their own or help with fund raising activities.

Workforce Development Fund

The Workforce Development Fund is dedicated to providing materials, clothing, training, and transportation to individuals seeking employment in our community.

Sponsor a Room

On February 4, 2010, The Empowerment Center closed escrow on a 22-unit motel in south Reno and The Empowerment Center was born. Renovation was completed in December 2011. As the only licensed halfway house in northern Nevada, the Empowerment Center houses up to 36 at-risk men and women in their transition toward a sober and successful life.

The Empowerment Center has not only renovated and furnished every room, they havealso installed a commercial fire suppression system and a commercial culinary center. The need for a 12-step recovery-oriented process with safe and sober housing in the Reno-Sparks area is being greatly impacted by the services offered.

Although renovations are complete, we continue to need the support of our community. For just $250 a month or $3,000 a year, you can sponsor a room that will give a homeless person a warm, cozy bed to sleep in and a chance for a changed life. You and your family, friends, church, company, club, or group can offer a future for our neighbors who need it most – a man who has no hope, a woman who turns to her addiction.

You can make a difference in the lives of the homeless.