The empowerHER story starts with a young girl who has lost her mother. However, ours is not a story about our grief necessarily, but about just how we draw strength from one another - and how we empower one another.
empowerHER supports young girls who have experienced the early loss of their mothers. By creating enhanced experiences surrounding our events, we instill confidence and reduce isolation through a community of sisterhood that offers hope to each of the girls we serve.
empowerHER is the only organizations in the country specifically working to address the struggles of girls whose mothers have died. We serve 130+ girls throughout Massachusetts by providing an integrated series of programming featuring year-round group events and retreats. Events such as our signature Mother’s Day Retreat, Beach Bash, Writing Workshops and more are designed to build a supportive peer community and remind girls they are not alone in their grief.
Events for the girls take place in tandem with a thoughtful one-on-one mentor match program with caring and responsible community volunteers. Mentorship gives them a strong female role model as they traverse the difficult terrain of grief and as they mature into young adults. All programs and activities are provided at no charge to the family.
"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
Cara Belvin is passionate about volunteerism. She spent countless hours as a breast cancer advocate, and it was in this role that she saw a need in the community. Her own mother passed away at the young age of 37 after a two-year battle with breast cancer when Cara was just 9 years old. Cara’s extended family and friends assisted in filling the void left behind by this profound loss. empowerHER was formed out the gratitude she felt for all the layers of support her family received growing up – And, now as a mother, she felt it would be as much for these mothers as it would be for these young girls.
She frequently presents on issues surrounding adversity, women’s empowerment, and social entrepreneurship. Cara is the lead producer of HBO’s The Conversation: Stories that Matter speaker series, and the episodic digital series The Dinner Conversation about women powering through their grief. Her efforts to support young girls have been featured on the ABC Boston Affiliate Channel 5 and on PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff.
- BOARD OF DIRECTORS -
empowerHER is proud of the outstanding leadership and invaluable contributions made by the
following members of our Board:
Cara Belvin, M.S., President
Founder & Executive Director
Dolly Di Pesa, Board Chair
Managing Partner & CPA
Di Pesa & Company CPAs
Erin Devine, Finance Chair
Susan Daileader, CFP, CLTC,
Vice President, Financial Advisor
Emily Miller, LMHC, Mission & Programs
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Center for Integrative Counseling & Wellness
Bob Burke, Director
CEO & Founder
Sue Di Pesa, Director
Jack Conway Realty
Joan Quealy, RN, Mission & Programs Chair
Mentor Program Coordinator
Patty DeMarco, Partners Program Chair
EP-C, Health Fitness Specialist
Ohrenberger, DeLisi & Harris, LLP
Author, Motherless Daughters
Nobel Weather Associates