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 EPIC Empowerment Skills curriculum is offered in two formats:

1. EPIC Community Empowerment Skills Workshop

EPIC offers a Empowerment Skills Workshop 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 5-week class may be an appropriate referral.  Contact Ana Pena for more information.

2. EPIC Empowerment and Employment Program

EPIC offers the intensive Empowerment and Employment Program (EESS) twice a year. Enrollment requires 1 year free of substance abuse, readiness for a change, and an interview. Once accepted into the EESS Program, a commitment to the 6-month program is required. For some of your clients, this 6-month intensive program may be an appropriate referral.

For more information, please RSVP for an Orientation Meeting, held regularly on the first Tuesday of each month at 4pm. Orientation meetings are program overviews intended for anyone interested in enrolling, as well as those who come into contact with potential program participants. To RSVP, contact us at (616) 392 2368 x100 or by email.

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

EPIC Graduation Ceremony: December 5, 2015

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