La Maison Apartments Clean House for The Cottage Shop

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Spring is a season of renewal, a time to take stock and clear away the clutter of the past year, making it perfect timing for La Maison Apartment’s monthly giving event to partner with The Women’s Home’s Cottage Shop. The beginning of spring marks the time when many of its 400-plus residents clean house, getting rid of everything from clothing to small household items. So what better charity to donate to than The Women’s Home’s Cottage Shop?

When the staff sent the announcement for tenants to clean out their closets and bring donations to the downstairs office, La Maison wasn’t sure what they would receive. But on the day of the Spring Donation Drive, the response was positive. La Maison’s Sunday afternoon Spring Cleaning Drive proved to be a huge success. Bags and bags of clothing filled a room, stuffed with clothes, purses, coats and much much more. There were even small items like lamps and frames collected.

La Maison is a luxury apartment community nestled in River Oaks, with many of its tenants are urban professionals. We are so grateful for Apartment communities like La Maison for donation drives like these.

If you live in an apartment community, we would love to hear from you on how we can help set up a similar drive for your apartment neighbors. Please contact Chau Nguyen, Manager of Community Involvement at cnguyen@thewomenshome.org or at 713-328-1950.

What is Brown Bag?

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Michael Pearce, one of our January Brown bag speakers

Having healthy connections to resources and role models in our community is an important aspect of our WholeLife Program. In our treatment and transitional housing program we foster community involvement with our residents every Friday through our Brown Bag Luncheons. Fridays at noon, our treatment and transitional housing residents bring their sack lunches and gather in the upstairs conference room of our 607 Westheimer office to hear presentations by different speakers each week. Our wide variety of speakers vary from individuals who have valuable insights or resources for our clients, to organizations providing important information on subjects such as physical wellness, job interview skills, or credit management.

One of our recurring speakers is The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resilience whose representatives talk on a variety of health, nutrition and wellness subjects. One of our January speakers, Michael Pearce, an attorney with Schlumberger, shared struggles and triumphs from his own life covering dealing with recovery from alcoholism as well as his struggles with body image and coming to terms with his sexuality. In February, Lisa Feronda talked about how running became a form of therapy for her and that leaving her position as a news anchor for channel 11 helped her find her purpose with her current work at Legacy Community Health Services. In April one of our speakers, Pierre Silvy shared insights he’s gained about customer service after over 50 years working in the hair salon industry.

The Women’s Home is always looking for insightful, engaging and empathetic speakers for our Brown Bag lunches. If you are interested or know someone who would be a good fit, please contact our Volunteer & Collaborations Coordinator Jenna Jackson at jjackson@thewomenshome.org or 713-568-1356 for more information.

Welcome Development Assistant Heather Almond!

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The Women’s Home is thrilled to welcome our newest development team member, Heather Almond!  Heather has been hired as a development assistant to work on our reNew & reDo Fashion Event.  She will start in mid-June.

Her position is made possible, thanks to a grant through Exxon Mobil’s Community Jobs Program and coordinated by Volunteer Houston.  Each summer, Exxon Mobil awards grants to local non-profits seeking to hire summer interns.  This is the third summer our Home has been awarded this grant.  Heather was carefully selected among a pool of more than 200 college applicants.

As a development assistant, Heather’s duties include anything and everything that has to do with the preparation, planning and execution of our Fashion event. Heather is a rising junior at Washington and Lee University majoring in psychology, but her roots are here in Houston. She is a graduate of Episcopal High School, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  Heathers says her love of fashion coupled with her desire to learn about non-profits make this the perfect internship for her!

We look forward to having Heather join us soon!

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The Women’s Home’s 2015 6th Annual reNew and reDo Fashion Show at the Wortham Center

The 6th Annual reNew & reDo Fashion Show

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VIP Tickets are $250.00, Runway tickets are $100.00 and Standing Room Only tickets are $40.00.

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It’s almost time for one of The Women’s Home’s most talked about events of the year, the 6th Annual reNew and reDo Fashion Show!

Join us at The Wortham Grand Foyer on August 19, 2015!

This chic runway fashion show features high-end designer clothing and accessories from our resale shop and the closets of our best-dressed friends. Then, from the runway to the racks, hundreds of guests will have the chance to shop until they drop for these amazing boutique finds. All proceeds from this fun evening will support The Home’s mission of helping women in crisis regain their self-esteem and dignity, empowering them to return to society as productive, self-sufficient individuals.

 

Expanding Our Horizons

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From left to right: Karen George, Paula Paust, Mayor Annise Parker, and Larry George

The Women’s Home has been supporting Houston women in crisis since 1957 and as our clients’ needs have grown, we have grown with them. What began as an overnight shelter for women in need has expanded today to a multi-campus organization dedicated to helping women build whole lives and maintain their dignity, integrity and independence through nationally recognized best practices.

In helping women access resources for healthy, complete lives, The Women’s Home has realized a growing need not only to assist the women individually, but to provide direct services for their families as well. Women and children make up the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in our country. A lack of affordable housing and supportive services such as healthcare and daycare is a major contributor to this problem.

That is why The Women’s Home is proud to finally announce our latest expansion project upon reaching 80% of our $27 million capital campaign: a safe, sober, supportive housing facility and a new service center, both just down the street from our Jane Cizik Garden Place complex. The new housing complex will feature 84 two- and three-bedroom apartments for families with limited income. The family complex will have on-site case managers and follow the same management style as our single-bedroom complex, Jane Cizik Garden Place. Additionally, of the 84 units, 40 apartments will be set aside for families who have faced repeated instances of homelessness. Best practices show that providing housing to at-risk families first, along with wraparound care services, helps break the pattern of housing instability.

The WholeLife® Service Center will serve families in our housing communities as well as families in the surrounding neighborhood.  We are partnering with other organizations such as Spring Branch Community Health Center which will provide family medicine, pediatric and well women services and work in concert with The Women’s Home to offer substance abuse and mental health services through a Federally Qualified Healthcare Clinic. Other programs provided through the Service Center include:

After-School and Summer Enrichment for Grades K-5 provided by the YMCA:

Academic Enrichment

Fine Arts Room

Indoor Creative Movement/Play Room

Certified Outdoor Classroom

Adult Education and Workforce Development:

Adult Basic Education

GED and ESL Classes

30-User Computer Lab and Smart Board Technology

Job Search Training/Workforce Development

Flexible Classroom Space (for up to 80 persons)

Family Enrichment:

Parenting Classes

Nutrition Classes

Pregnancy Prevention Classes

Gang/Drug Use Prevention Classes

Relapse Prevention Classes

We’re excited to share this new stage of growth with all of you and appreciate your continued support and involvement as we continue to care for and empower women’s lives.

 

Brownie Scout Troop 24053 visits The Cottage Shop

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The Brownie Scouts outside The Cottage Shop

Getting an early start in giving back to the wider community is an important opportunity for growing girls and recently The Cottage Shop was able to give that experience to Brownie Scout Troop 24053. The troop, led by Desire Witherspoon a 2010 graduate of our treatment program and Troop 24053’s leader, spent the day volunteering to earn the Philanthropist badges. Desire, who lives in our supportive housing apartment complex, Jane Cizik Garden Place and works as one of the select staff members of Alcoholics Anonymous, immediately thought of The Home after explaining the meaning of philanthropy to her scouts. “I defined philanthropy to them as the practice of giving your time, talent, or treasure for benefit of the common good.” She contacted our Shop Manager, Cheri Barton, to schedule a volunteer and tour time for her daughter’s troop.

The Brownie Scouts toured our facilities at 811 Westheimer, where Desire’s photo proudly hangs among our graduate pictures. They assisted other volunteers in sorting and hanging clothing, their own donations among the items. “I asked each girl to bring a small donation and they got to witness the transition from an item being dropped off to being processed in to being put on the floor for retail. Cheri was extremely patient and very informative.” Desire said.

The girls were curious to learn the ins and outs of The Cottage Shop as well as The Home. “Those litter girls were full of questions. They wanted to start volunteering now!” Cheri said.

Thank you to Desire for introducing Brownie Scout Troop 24053 to The Women’s Home and reminding us that giving back has no age limit!