Who We are
Empower House (formerly Martinez Street Women’s Center) was founded in 1999 with a mission to improve reproductive health services and access for women — primarily brown and Black women — on the East Side of San Antonio.
Since then, the nonprofit has expanded to provide community health services and education, advocacy opportunities, and youth programming – all through the lens of restorative justice.
The nonprofit has also grown to include two locations on the East and West Sides of San Antonio, creating a closer connection to the communities they serve.
Today, Empower House welcomes girls and women, as well as trans, femme, nonbinary, gender-nonconforming individuals, and boys in search of connection, healing, and equity. The neighborhoods may have changed, but Empower House is still here.
To date, Empower House programming has served thousands of individuals in San Antonio and impacted future generations of families.
Empower House provides transformative community health services, youth development programs and advocacy opportunities that empower women and girls of color.
We envision a world where all women and girls are empowered to transform themselves, their families and their communities.
Our work in the community is guided by our values. They inform our major programmatic decisions as well as our daily interactions with community members.