The empowerHER story starts with a young girl who has lost her mother. Founder Cara Belvin formed empowerHER in 2013 out of the gratitude she had for all the support her family received after her own mother Kit died of breast cancer. Cara was just 9 years old and desperate to meet others who could relate to her loss - And, now with the support of countless volunteers + donors, Cara’s simple idea became a reality.
- WHAT WE DO -
empowerHER is the only organizations in the country specifically working to address the struggles of girls whose mothers have died, and we’re doing vital work. We currently serve 150+ girls (up to age 24) by providing an integrated series of programming featuring year-round EVENTS for GIRLS, such as our signature Mother’s Day Retreat, Beach Bash, Cooking Classes, Yoga and more. Events are community-based and non-therapeutic and serve to remind girls they are not alone in their grief. These events occur in tandem with our 1:1 MENTOR MATCH PROGRAM with caring + strong female role models who promote positive growth throughout the grief journey. All programs and activities are provided at no charge to the family.
- WHY WE SERVE. . . CARA’S STORY-
"I envisioned an organization that would allow us to talk about the loss of a young mother in our community and ways to offer help to the family that would not be intrusive."
— Cara Belvin, empowerHER Founder