Empower House (formerly Martinez Street Women's Center) provides transformative community health services, youth development programs, and advocacy opportunities that empower women and girls of color in historically disenfranchised East Side San Antonio.
Our programs are rooted in restorative justice principles, developmental relationships, and feminist, womanist, and mujerista theory. As an organization, we center the needs of women and girls as we welcome all genders to participate in our programs.
Empower House’s youth development program creates opportunities for youth to explore their world, achieve their dreams, and inspire their peers.
Our program model is rooted in restorative justice principles, developmental relationships, and feminist, womanist, and mujerista theory.
As a participant in our Youth Development program, you have access to all services. Together with our staff, we'll create a plan to plug into services that are right for you!
- Support with Goal Setting
- Whole Family Support
- Girl Zone
- Youth Circles
- Family Circles
- Creative Expression
- Skill Building
- Leadership Opportunities
- Service Learning Projects
As an organization, we center on the needs of women and girls but welcome all genders to participate in our programs.
Click here and scroll down to sign up for our Youth Development programs.
Restorative Justice (RJ) creates opportunities to right relationships among individuals, communities, and even systems. It invites people to identify and name harm (interpersonal, generational, systemic) and those who have done harm to make it right or be accountable.
At times RJ looks like advocacy, demonstrations, speaking truth to power, and at other times it looks like a facilitated conversation held in the presence of a loving community.
Circles are a powerful symbol of community, inclusion, equity, and wholeness.
At Empower House, we sit in circles with youth, adults, families, and our staff. Through circle practice, we build community, repair harm, learn together, work through conflict and heal.
As an organization, we center the needs of women and girls as we welcome all genders to participate in our programs.
Want to learn more? Click here, scroll down, fill out a quick form, and we’ll be in touch.
|Monday: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM|
|Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM|
|Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM|
|Thursday: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM|
|Friday: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM|
Girl Zone's two-week summer camp is open to girls and femme identified youth between the ages of 8 and 18 years old.
Must register online and attend one of the parent orientation meetings.
Monday-Friday 8am-9pm free access to laptop, Internet, and printer.
Community Health Programs strengthen women and their communities by working to reduce health disparities and barriers to care. We increase access to essential health care services, wellness tools, skills, and support for transformative community-wide change.
Empower House Parents
Together with San Antonio Metro Health, United Way HOPES Collaborative, and all their partner organizations, we’re raising awareness around family violence and empowering parents with skills and strategies to build life-giving relationships with their kids.
Empower House Women
Through skill-building and wellness workshops, we empower women with knowledge, skills, and a supportive community to make informed choices for themselves and their families.
Community Health Workers/Promotoras
Our community health workers/promotoras work with individuals to bridge access to education, healthcare, and resources. We support people in identifying and addressing their needs, empowering them to live healthy, whole, flourishing lives.
Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up for parenting classes, emergency assistance, and other Community Health services.
Provides digital equity opportunities, including access to the internet, devices, and tailored digital skills workshops. Our goal is to empower our community members with the knowledge and confidence to navigate technology and make informed choices for themselves and their families.
- Referrals to Case Management
- Rental Assistance
- Mortgage Assistance
- Utility Assistance - Electric
- Utility Assistance - Water
- Utility Assistance - Internet
- Financial Education
- Help with Deposits
- No US ID
- Insufficient Earnings
- Food Insecurity
|Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM|
|Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM|
|Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM|
|Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM|
|Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM|
We launched our radio station, The Empower House 101.5, in 2018 with the goal of empowering youth and adults through thoughtful on-air conversations, media, and education.
Since then, staff and students have worked to create original programming aimed at anyone ready to change their community and world. Tune in digitally via apps like Google Play and the App Store, and find hours of world music, meditations, and motivational talks. Listen to our weekly programming to learn about tools and solutions to social issues like restorative justice, family violence prevention, and more.
Click here to view the program schedule.
Click here and scroll down to download our radio app and listen from your mobile device any time!
|Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
Volunteer and Internships
There are always opportunities to grow! Empower House is looking for some compassionate volunteers and interns for various events, programs, and opportunities throughout the organization.
Ways to Give
We would not be where we are today without the support of the community and organizations that believe in our vision. If you would like to contribute to the mission of transforming communities please consider making a donation so we can continue our work. Click here to make a donation.
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