About Us

Women Empowering Each Other is a non-profit organization based in Tallahassee, established in 2014 to serve eight counties in the Big Bend region. These counties include Leon, Wakulla, Liberty, Calhoun, Madison, Taylor, Jefferson, and Gadsden. 

In addition to these eight counties, Women Empowering has expanded its reach in the past to Orange and Duval counties, offering outsourced resources and support to women in these areas.

With over a decade of experience, Women Empowering has been actively involved in providing community services and advocating for women and children affected by poverty. Distributing diapers to partnering agencies and indivdual clients, throughout the Big Bend region. The organization aims to address the consequences of poverty and empower women to overcome challenges and improve their lives.

One of the programs offered by Women Empowering is TIPS for Teenagers, which stands for Teenage Information & Parent Support Program. This program provides valuable information and support to teenagers and their parents, helping them navigate the challenges of adolescence and promote healthy development. As the Founder of WEE states,

Being a teenage mom should not define or delay a young woman’s ability to make a positive impact in her community. This inspiring initiative showcases the resilience and determination of teenage moms who refuse to let their circumstances define them. By starting my own Diaper Program, this teenage mom is not only making a tangible difference in the lives of others but also challenging societal stereotypes and proving that teenage moms can be strong, capable, and compassionate individuals.” Her story serves as a reminder that anyone, regardless of their age or circumstances, has the power to create positive change and empower those around them.

Through WEE’s various initiatives and programs, Women Empowering Each Other strives to uplift and empower women and children in the community, fostering a sense of unity and support for all.

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Diapers Distributed


Women Assisted


Community Events


Counties Served


Denise Shorter, Founder

As Founder, Denise oversees, coordinates, manages and leads a team providing support to women. Passionate about women empowerment, community involvement, and its possibilities, Denise started the WEE Care project in 2017. WEE Care helps mothers and caretakers be able to provide the essentials needed to empower themselves so that they can provide their children with the necessities needed. Doing so, this minimizes stress, PTSD, hormonal issues, anxiety, and related conditions. Denise is Passionate when it comes to our WEE Care Perinatal Peer Support Team which she and her team facilitates key principles designed to give peer supporters the confidence to create and deliver peer support that meets the needs of women and families affected by mental health problem, and during pregnancy or the postnatal period.

Women Empowering Each Other was founded by Denise Shorter in 2015.

WEE understands many new mothers are stressed, however, too much stress over a long period of time can have a negative impact on the baby. Research shows that as the mother’s stress level rises, the baby’s does as well, and prolonged exposure to stress hormones can impact a baby’s brain development. WEE Care’s goal is to minimize this by assisting mothers in need.


Tawanya Smith


Tawanya is a compassionate professional who joined WEE in 2016, dedicated to providing essential support to mothers and caretakers in need. With nine years of experience in medical coordination and a degree in Healthcare Office Management, she brings expertise and discipline to her work. Tawanya’s goal is to bridge the gap, raise awareness about the needs of children, and empower women and caretakers. She is a former United States Army member, an aspiring entrepreneur, and a giver by nature. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, reading, and traveling. Tawanya is driven by her dedication and genuine compassion, making a meaningful impact on the lives she serves.

Stalandria McKinsey

Stalandria serves as the WEE Care Liaison for Women Empowering Each Other (WEE), utilizing her extensive experience and expertise in Child Care and Business studies. With a heartfelt commitment to the community, she actively supports individuals in need. Stalandria is also a self-published author, having written the children’s book “Fearless Godric” inspired by her own journey as a mother. She passionately assists new moms by sharing her knowledge and personal experiences, recognizing the importance of providing essential support to clients. Stalandria’s dedication and empathy contribute significantly to the success of WEE’s mission.



Edwinia Freeman
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