Thursday, June 11, 2009

Empowerment Principles

At Samoshel, individuals who are homeless participate in what's known as "Empowerment Workshops." Volunteers and shelter residents meet in groups to empower one another to believe:

  1. I have a more effective way to communicate with myself and others.
  2. I am a deserving human being. I have a right to ask for and expect something in life.
  3. I respect myself and others.
  4. I have the power to choose.
  5. I have more strengths and abilities than I imagined.

Workshop topics have included perspectives, resilience, communication, and goal setting, among others.