The Daring Way

About The Daring Way™

The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings.

During the process facilitators explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. Participants are invited to examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding them back and identify the new choices and practices that will move them toward more authentic and wholehearted living.

The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.


Who is Brené Brown?BRENE BROWN

  • Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.
  • She has spent the past thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.
  • Brené is the author of three #1 New York Times Bestsellers: Rising Strong, Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection.
  • She is also the Founder and CEO for The Daring Way™ and COURAGEworks – an online learning community that offers eCourses, workshops, and interviews for individuals and organizations ready for braver living, loving, and leading.
  • Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 25 million viewers.



Some Reflections from our Residents

“The Daring Way helped me with the courage to go along with being strong.  It was an opportunity for me to talk about challenges and speak up without fear.  The conversations were in our safe community and it taught me to handle my shame.  I was so far down and it lifted me up.”

Bust Shot, woman looking into camera and SmilingLisa:
“Studying this work was a break out moment for me.  I found myself holding back and unable to share what I needed in therapy until I participated in the group discussions. The most important lesson for me was the chance to identify support; the important people that I needed in my life to recover.  I thought about who I needed to bring into my life. It was a new way to treat myself, talk kindly to myself….be joyous.”



“When they assigned us to read the first chapter, I read the whole book!  Reading the words were like sitting down with a warm friend.  I never had that kind of language before in my life. I learned that I was worthy of love and affection, right now, the way I am!  It was a refreshing new insight to escape my shame. It has made me curious to try new things and discover what feeds my soul.  With this discovery there are possibilities for hope in the future.  I can change things that were from deep down inside me and live an authentic life.”




Attention all college students: Looking for a PAID intern for our upcoming fashion show!




One of the Women’s Homes’ most successful, exciting and well-received fundraisers is our style show and designer sale called ReNew & ReDo, held in August of each year. At this New York style runway show and sale, high-end designer clothes and accessories that have been donated throughout the year to our Cottage Shop resale store are modeled and sold at a ticketed event held at a fashionable Houston venue. This event not only raises funds for TWH, but is a highly effective promotion of our successful social enterprise, The Cottage Shop, which enjoys sales of over $500,000.00/year and is a critical element in not only our revenue stream, but also in the vocational training of our clients.

As the TWH Fashion Show Development Assistant, our intern will be responsible for essential event planning, promotion and implementation, market research, donor recruitment and volunteer coordination for one of The Women’s Home’s key annual fundraisers.

Job Title:

Development Assistant:   Fashion Show

Internship Job Description:

This internship requires a bright, dynamic, high-energy student interested in acquiring a broad range of personal and professional skills in the areas of non-profit fundraising, marketing and fashion retail management. In addition, the intern will gain an understanding of our program mission by working side by side with TWH clients at The Cottage Shop. With the support and training provided by TWH staff such as our Director of Resource Development and Cottage Shop Store Manager, the internship will provide in-depth experience through the following job requirements:

  1. Event Planning: The student will experience the inner workings of how non-profit fundraisers are planned and implemented including cost/profit analysis, advertising, volunteer/staff/venue coordination and event day organization and implementation.

Time frame: Ongoing throughout the internship.

  1. Market Research: In order to recruit the best possible designer clothing donations for the fashion show, our intern will develop a spreadsheet of area boutiques and resale shops that could potentially donate unsold items for the show. This would require extensive online research to develop a spreadsheet of key information about the retailers along with in person visits to the stores to assess their viability as donors. Then the intern will work with staff to create an effective method of contacting each retailer to determine their interest in donating their designer items to TWH, including appropriate materials and sales strategies.

Time Frame: During the first two weeks of the internship, once orientation and initial training by the Resource Director and Cottage Shop Manager is completed.

  1. Donor Recruitment: After fine-tuning their “pitch”, the intern will then contact retailers via phone or in person to encourage their participation in the project and hopefully develop them as a long-term donor for TWH.

Time Frame: This will continue throughout the course of the internship, but will be most intense during the 3rd – 6th weeks.

  1. Product Assessment and Organization: As clothing and accessories are donated, the intern will learn how to choose which items are best-suited for ReNew & ReDux and perform the research necessary to determine appropriate value and pricing. They will then work with staff and TWH clients to organize the chosen items.

Time Frame: Ongoing as donations arrive, but likely most intense during the 5th through 8th week of the internship.

  1. Show Preparation: The intern will work with Fashion Show Professionals to choose which clothing and accessories will be part of the show and work with our volunteer models to coordinate the outfits each will wear.

Time Frame: Weeks 5th – 8th.

  1. Event Day Planning: The intern will work with our Resource Director to determine event day details such as catering, venue layout, invitations, program, advertising/public relations and ticket sales.

Time Frame: Ongoing throughout internship.

  1. Event Implementation: On show day, the intern will work with TWH Resource Director, Cottage Shop Store Manager and Communications Manager to ensure that all aspects of the event run smoothly including support for models, volunteer and guest management, registration and overall event flow.

Time Frame: Day of event.

To apply for this internship, please send resumes to Debra Richmond at

Expressive Therapy: A Special Unlocking of Personal Creativity and Thought

creativity-oxygen-soulResidents participating in our Treatment program spend Tuesday mornings with many opportunities for expressive therapy.  Regular volunteers, Janet Vucinich and Joe Synan work with words and watercolors respectively to unlock creative expression and the voice of our residents.

Janet, an accomplished writer and teacher, coaxes the words through a variety of assignments, highlighted by her notes, here:

“Tuesday was incredible. The ladies did some really good writing after reading a poem by Marie Howe. I think they all shared and totally appreciated with loud clapping each of the writings.”  


“The women had a good time playing with paper and scissors; inspired by Matisse, they came up with great ideas from a card for a mother who passed away years ago to self- portraits, pictures of places they remember to just abstract design.  The room was full; twenty women today.”

Joe Synan has only recently come to serve the clients with his passion for watercolor paintings.  They are building quite an inventory and their confidence, as well.  Both instructors have spent years honing their craft and their ability to share with others.  Their inspiration is infectious.

But, the creativity doesn’t stop there!  This past week, Vivian Lewis, local artist and owner of My Picqasso, led an art workshop where each of the attendees created their own rendition of a dreamcatcher on canvas.  As the residents peered into their own canvas, they were able to create their own special piece.

Creative expression brings about healing and enables empowerment….all the while instilling joy and a sense of accomplishment!  We are grateful for the wonderful community volunteers that help make this possible.