Empower U combines financial literacy programs with a 1:2 matched savings component. This means every dollar saved by group participants generates two dollars in matched contributions. Savings are used for designated asset purchases related to improving the quality of life, education or job training to facilitate long term financial asset development.

Empower U is open to women of diverse backgrounds who are experiencing low income and poverty. Through Empower U, participants will have the opportunity to improve their financial literacy which includes, the ability to make informed judgments and effective decisions about the wise use and management of money.

For more information about Empower U contact Joanne Currie, Director, Financial Stability and Independence, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region at 780.990.1000. Empower U is an initiative of the Alberta Asset Building Collaborative.


Ten agencies facilitate Empower U programs. To learn more about an agency, simply click on their name to visit their website.


The Candora Society of Edmonton, a community-based organization in northeast Edmonton that works together with community residents to effect positive change in their lives runs an Empower U program for woman 18 and older. Groups run 1 day/week for 14 weeks. Participants complete the program with 7 Months of savings.

Contact: Michelle Ackland ( or Susan Catlin (780-474 -5011)


Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton, an organization downtown that fosters the dignity and worth of all women runs an Empower U program for women and girls who are, or are at risk of being criminalized. Groups run 1 day/week for 14 weeks. Participants complete the program with 4 months of savings.

Contact: Kathleen Oldring (780.784.2203)


Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) is a west Edmonton venue for Aboriginal women to connect to other Aboriginal women.  Empower U programs run 1 afternoon/week.

Contact: Margo (780-479-8195)


CEASE - Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation has a vision for a community where there is hope, respect and transformation for individuals, families and communities affected by sexual exploitation. Located in north Edmonton, Empower U programs for women run once per week for 14 weeks.

Contact: Kate Quinn (780-471-6137)


Wings of Providence and City of Edmonton - Wings is a west end second-stage women's shelter which provides comprehensive transition programs and independent living in a safe and supportive environment for women with children who have experienced family violence. Empower U Groups run 3 hours biweekly for 12 sessions.

Contact: Lianna Chondo (780-944-5538 or Chantal Hunter (780-426-4985


E4C is a local non-profit focused on supporting Edmonton’s low income community by providing housing supports, school nutrition and education, youth programs, and other community programs. E4C conducts Empower U sessions at varying locations including the E4C Financial HUB. The E4C Financial HUB is located downtown and provides participants with household financial money management services, financial literacy development, and individual development accounts. Empower U runs twice a year at varying locations for 10 weekly session.

Contact: Luc for dates and locations at 780-424-5408 ext 163


Distinctive Employment Counselling Services of Alberta (DECSA)  - DECSA develops and provides services to assist individuals with employment barriers achieve paid and meaningful employment and assists employers in finding engaged and capable employees. Empower U participants must be enrolled full time in DECSA’s Opportunity Plus program.

Phone: (780) 474-2500


Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre is an Edmonton based organization that has been supporting children and families since 1963. It provide a wide range of programs and support services focused on supporting optimal childhood development and creating positive and healthy change for children and families.

Contact:  Phone No.:  780-471-3737


Lives in Transition offers assistance to women whose primary barrier to employment is a history of domestic abuse by helping them move toward an end goal of employment, further education, or training.

Phone No.:  780-496-9224


Strathcona County - Family and Community Services provides a variety of social programs to positively affect the quality of life for residents in the Strathcona County. They are committed to increasing the ability of individuals, families and communities to prevent or address social problems.

Contact:  Jean Bell 780-464-8227



The Home Program The HOME Program has been developed to meet the need in the community in assisting moderate income individuals and families in becoming home owners. This program encompasses education, referrals, one-on-one counselling, down payment assistance, matching with housing product and housing professionals and ongoing support. The counselling and follow-up are essential elements of the program in ensuring the families/individuals have the resources, support and advocacy in the process toward home ownership. 

Alberta Human Services - The department develops and delivers policies, programs and services to foster labour force development; ensure fair, safe and healthy workplaces; and help those in need. The department also provides leadership for immigration and inter-provincial labour mobility policy for the Government of Alberta, and coordinates resources to support the settlement and integration of new Albertans. 

City of Edmonton Community Services – Social Workers with the City of Edmonton Community Services link Financial Literacy and Asset Building to a range of individual and community concerns.   They work with marginalized populations and respond with poverty reduction strategies.  They offer direct service in the form of Financial Literacy Success groups, and help coordinate community initiatives such as Make Tax Time Pay and Financial Information Resource Fairs. 

4 Pillars Consulting Group - Since 1998, 4 Pillars Consulting Group has supervised the successful restructuring of millions of dollars of debt held by over 8000 clients across Canada, with settlements averaging 25% of original debts owed. We negotiate the lowest possible settlements for debtors, helping them show restitution to creditors and prevent claims of bankruptcy.  4 Pillars acts on behalf of the debtor, not the creditor. We are one of the only companies in the industry with this approach to debt elimination and financial restructuring, resulting in services that put debtors back on track with rebuilding credit and effectively managing their finances. 

United Way of the Alberta Capital Region - United Way is at the core of a movement. It’s a movement inspired by a genuine passion for social change. It’s a movement powered by people willing to share their time, talent and resources in favour of the common good. And it’s a movement that is improving individual lives and the social conditions of our community every single day. Our work as an organization inspires and empowers individual and corporate citizens to participate in this dynamic philanthropic effort. We offer to community our knowledge, our networks and our tools so that good intentions can be leveraged into positive and impactful action. United Way serves the Edmonton Census Metropolitan area including Edmonton, the City of Fort Saskatchewan, Sherwood Park, the County of Strathcona, the City of St. Albert, the City of Leduc, the County of Leduc, the City of Spruce Grove, the Town of Stony Plain and the County of Parkland. 

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