Challenges and benefits for the project were numerous. The challenges for the project included finding funding and resources to continue the project beyond the initial grant funding, provision of services to clients who spoke numerous languages and had varying levels of comfort with mental health services, and finding space to conduct assessment s and groups. Benefits from Project EMPOWER were noted for faculty, students and community participants. Faculty formed new interprofessional partnerships that continued past the end of the original grant funded project. In addition, faculty obtained research and practice opportunities. Faculty for the project were licensed mental health professionals and services provided could be counted toward maintaining clinical competence and certification. Students were able to learn new skills in a safe environment with supervision from expert clinicians. Interprofessional meetings also provided students with learning opportunities and the ability to see client care issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Finally, those benefiting most from Project EMPOWER were those in the community who received services. In the local community where Project EMPOWER provided services, it can take up to 6 months to obtain an appointment with a psychiatric provider. Project EMPOWER provided high quality services free of charge within days or weeks of the initial assessment. Community participants typically received about 8 sessions of therapy/counseling by a graduate nursing or social work intern or LCSW and referrals to other providers were made as needed. Approximately 450 clients were served in some capacity during the three year duration of Project Empower. Other outcomes included the incorporation of health and wellness education and training for underserved populations, expanded mental health services for refugees and victims of domestic violence in the local community, training of interns from three health service disciplines, and expanded community partnerships to provide services to underserved populations.