What you think about yourself determines the quality of your life. What you think about yourself shapes how you respond to events, situations, and people.

—EPIC Empowerment Institute

Community Action House launched EPIC and commissioned the development of the EPIC Empowerment Skills curriculum to assist its staff and clients to develop interior power by learning to identify and manage their mindsets, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to achieve sustainable outcomes and long-term life goals.

EPIC’s curriculum is based on the current research and best practices in the areas of cognitive restructuring, emotional intelligence, motivational coaching, and neuropsychology.

The Empowerment Skills Curriculum is offered in several formats:


EPIC Empowerment and Employment Program

The EPIC Empowerment Program offers an intensive Empowerment and Employment Program twice a year. Enrollment requires 1 year free of substance abuse, readiness for a change, and an interview. Once accepted, a commitment to the 5-month program is required. 

For more information, please RSVP for an Orientation Meeting, held regularly on the first Tuesday of each month at 4pm at Community Action House. Orientation meetings are program overviews intended for anyone interested in enrolling, as well as those who come into contact with potential program participants.

Please RSVP with Felicia at 616 392 2368 x108 or by email at fthompson@communityactionhouse.org.


Empowerment Training

As part of its effort to empower our community, on-site Empowerment Training is being offered to organizations and businesses, based on the same curriculum used in the Empowerment Workshop and EPIC. Training is formatted to best fit individual organizational needs and goals, and facilitated by professionally and trained Empowerment Institute Staff. Designed through years of hands-on experience, research and development, Empowerment Training elevates individual Emotional I.Q., and offers a unique and valuable professional development opportunity. Increased reliability, communication, team synergy, & responsibility are just some of the benefits that this training offers organizations of any size or industry.


Empowerment Workshop

The Empowerment Workshop is open to the wider community, including the clients and case managers of our partner agencies and the entry-level employees of our Employer Partners. For some of your clients, this 6-week class may be an appropriate referral. 

Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as soon as you can change your thoughts.

—Maxwell Maltz

To view the entire ceremony, please visit our YouTube page.


"EPIC is making me a better partner to my future wife and the EPIC tools will make me a better parent someday. Less angry—calmer. Less discouraged—more hopeful and confident. My great aunt told me she could hear the change in my voice!"   —Scott Kamps 

"EPIC empowered me to leave a dysfunctional job. That decision opened the door to a job I love with Community Action House. Every day I am grateful for my EPIC journey!"  —Nancy Donalson

"EPIC helped me let go of the belief that my age keeps me from getting a job. Now I know I am limited only by my own thoughts. And through EPIC I know how to change my thoughts!"  —Johnny Donalson