WholeLife Model Comes to Life with Houston Wellness Project’s Walking Program

At The Women’s Home, we understand the absolute importance of volunteers. Without them, we would not be the organization we are today and would not have their vast array of talents to lean on: an ever-growing well of brain, brawn, and heart. Every day, we rely on these amazing individuals and groups, and The Women’s Home and our residents are lucky to have them as valued friends, cheerleaders and mentors.

Please take a moment to meet one of the newest additions to TWH’s volunteer family:

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The Houston Wellness Project

Earlier in the year, The Houston Wellness Project (HWP) researched and met with various organizations in an attempt to find a match for their “HWP Walks Program”. In June, after speaking with staff at The Women’s Home, both parties realized what a perfect match it would be. Among many other wonderful qualities, the goals and inspiration behind the HWP’s program lined up remarkably well with the “Physical” segment – and really, many segments – of our WholeLife Wellness Program (to find out more about WholeLife, go here). The Women’s Home and the HWP felt that the walking program would be beneficial in helping our clients in their journey to recovery and living a positive, healthy life.

Prior to the commencement of the Walks Program this past June, the HWP, through their own fundraising efforts, provided each participant from The Home a new pair of shoes from Luke’s Locker and a sports bra. Almost 20 of our clients joined the program, which started in late June. The nine weeks of Monday – Saturday programming included up to 45 minutes of walking, along with yoga and cross-training. The program ended with excitement and accomplishment on Sunday, August 28 with a free, 5K race. Each participant that completed the race received a finisher’s medal.

When asked how she felt the goals of the HWP related to the needs of the clients at The Women’s Home, Kelly Ramey, Founder and Chair at the HWP replied, “The clients at The Women’s Home are working to overcome various addictions and/or mental illnesses and make better decisions in their lives. Engaging in wellness activities is another avenue available to help them make consistent, positive, and healthy lifestyle choices.”

We couldn’t agree more and we look forward to continuing the partnership of WholeLife wellness with the HWP for many years to come. Who knows, we might have some future runners in the Houston Marathon. Walk and then run. Dream big!

“Wellness is infectious! Once you start you can’t stop. We hope that this will have a big impact on the clients of The Women’s Home,” said Kelly Ramey. “By providing a consistent walking and running program to the clients, we hope that they will want to continue to engage and challenge themselves. This type of program takes dedication, discipline, and focus. Completing a 5K is a big deal and hopefully the ladies will change the way they view themselves realizing that they have what it takes to recover. If we can achieve that, we have fulfilled our mission!”

To find out more about The Houston Wellness Project, visit their website at: http://thehwp.org/

xthestigma Campaign Aimed at Reducing Shame and Judgment

X the Stigma 2-21-14Half the battle in treating mental health and addiction issues is fighting the stigmas related to each, due in large part to generations of silence, shame and judgment.

We know that literally MILLIONS – in the U.S. alone – are suffering from one or both of these illnesses and a huge population of those millions do not seek help because of overwhelming shame. These are our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, children, coworkers, friends and spouses. These are people we love. Very few of us have not been affected. It is the few that can say they have not seen the damage done by untreated mental illness or addiction.

Mental health and addiction are illnesses just like any other, and as such, they can be treated and healthy lives can be led. But first, we must work to eliminate the shame and judgment associated with each. We must open the curtains, dispel the myths, erase the stigmas and provide a safe environment for open and honest communication, high-quality treatment services, and most of all compassion.

TWH recently launched our #xthestigma campaign, aimed at shedding light on and reducing the shame of addiction and mental illness.

Join the cause by following us on Facebook and Twitter, and please help us to pass on the important facts, suggestions, and inspiration. Together, we can make a difference!

Two Salons. Two Generous Ways to Give Back.

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SoK Salon on Kirby and Hot Tops Hair Studio Provide Invaluable Support to The Women’s Home

Houston is a giving community and the local businesses in our town step up to the plate time and time again. At The Women’s Home, we’ve found that, no matter the hardships and trauma a woman has been through, she still wants to feel good about herself – mentally and physically. And sometimes, feeling good about how you look externally can be just the boost needed to continue the hard work internally.

The Women’s Home is proud to call two fabulous Houston salons partners and friends. Both have made meaningful contributions, each in very different ways, and their valued support is helping to change lives. TWH would like to take this opportunity to thank SoK Salon on Kirby and Hot Tops Hair Studio in Montrose for taking notice of the needs in our community and stepping up to the plate to make a difference. We appreciate you more than you will ever know!

Please take a moment to read more about the generosity of these two salons and remember to support those businesses that support your community!

SoK Salon on Kirby (2615 Southwest Frwy, Suite 200)

SoK Salon on Kirby, owned by Alden Clark, is made up of a group of creative and inspiring stylists who are passionate about hair and intent on providing the best in customer service. Lucky for us, Alden and his team are also passionate about helping their community, and patrons of this fabulous salon can feel beautiful inside and out knowing that payment for services rendered help SoK continue to “pay it forward”. In addition to providing beauty supplies to our residents, SoK designated The Women’s Home as the benefited charity at their local 2013 “One Billion Rising” event (to help end violence against women and girls), styled the volunteer models the past two years at our annual reNew and reDux Fashion Show, and sponsored our most recent Awards Banquet. To say they are a valued supporter would be a massive understatement. SoK is not just a partner, they play an integral role in helping TWH provide the programming necessary to change lives. To find out more about SoK and their services, visit their website at www.salononkirby.com or give them a call at 713-523-7521.

Hot Tops Hair Studio (3603 Montrose Blvd.)

Hot Tops owner, Rachael Shakespeare, and her fellow stylists at Hot Tops Hair Studio in Montrose were looking for a way to give back through services for quite some time. When an employee of TWH was referred to stylist D’Anna Davis for a color and cut, the door was opened and within two weeks residents at TWH were receiving gorgeous free haircuts from one of our newest volunteer partners! Every other Sunday, the stylists at Hot Tops come in on their day off to provide this very special service to women who, in many cases, have never received such a relaxing and self-esteem-building gift. This generous service is also especially important to our residents preparing to search for jobs.

We are thrilled to have Hot Tops Hair Studio as one of our newest partners and friends, and we hope to continue this very important relationship for years to come! Looking for a hip new color and/or cut in the Montrose area, contact Hot Tops at 713-526-1440.