At Empower House, parenting classes are one of a number of services they offer.
The nonprofit began as the Martinez Street Women’s Center in 1999 on the East Side, with an emphasis on reproductive health services mainly for women of color. Earlier this year, the nonprofit changed its name to Empower House because it has matured into a multi-faceted social services organization.
Andrea Figueroa, Empower House’s executive director, talks about the importance of building community to support people who have not received consistent support from our society and institutions.
“So youth can have a place to talk about their own experiences, sort of learn from one another, and increase their social emotional learning, and to be able to think about how we show up for each other in the world, which is probably No. 1,” Figueroa said.
Today, Empower House has two locations, one on the East Side at 801 N. Olive St. and one on the West Side at 200 Donaldson Ave.
Empower House, 200 Donaldson, San Antonio, Texas.
These are areas of San Antonio still recovering from the inequities of the past, Figueroa said.
“That really translates into poor health outcomes for the folks who live in these areas, lack of opportunity for youth,” Figueroa said. “Organizations like ours really focus on lifting the community.”
Figueroa said nonprofits like Empower House are important to fill the gaps sometimes not filled by local government.