Dear Women’s Home Family and Friends,
It is with mixed emotions that I share with you the below retirement announcement from our Executive Director, Paula Paust. I, along with the entire Board of Directors, express our tremendous gratitude and appreciation to Paula for her almost 25 years of dedicated service and visionary leadership to The Women’s Home. Her compassion and desire to help women in crisis inspires us all.
Karen Ostrum George
President, Board of Directors, The Women’s Home
It is with tremendous pride and excitement that I share with you my decision to retire as Executive Director of the Women’s Home.
Nearly 25 years ago, I joined The Women’s Home, committed to be a servant leader furthering our mission – to provide a voice and assistance to those who need it most. During my tenure at the Women’s Home, we have helped thousands of women through our nationally recognized WholeLife® Program; become a national model for other like-minded organizations; and expanded our services to provide a much needed sober living apartment complex serving women in the Houston community. Just this year, we have constructed and opened a new family apartment complex, the Adele and Ber Pieper Family Place, providing housing for working families and those that have experienced homelessness. Later this month, construction of the WholeLife® Service Center will commence, which will provide much needed services in the community to include a healthcare clinic and providing after-school and summer school programming for children. In addition, workforce development, substance abuse and mental health services will be available for adults.
None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the extraordinary efforts of The Women’s Home staff and the Board of Directors. It has been my pleasure to work with Boards of Directors and donors that put so much of their personal time and effort into our organization over the years. I have been profoundly blessed to be a part of such an incredible team. There has never been a time when The Women’s Home executive leadership team, staff, and Board of Directors has been stronger or more stable.
I will continue to lead The Women’s Home until my successor is appointed by the Board of Directors in early 2017. A committee of board members led by Karen Ostrum George and past presidents Kay Walther and Susan Walker-Spalding is conducting the search for the right candidate to be approved by the Board. I will welcome the new executive director with open arms, providing assistance in any way to ensure he or she is positioned for success. In the meantime, be assured that we are moving forward with the vital work of the organization. With your continued support and commitment, the future of The Women’s Home remains very bright.
Thank you for your trust, confidence, and support over the past 25 years. The progress, growth, and accomplishments of The Women’s Home have occurred because of your efforts and support. It has been my distinct pleasure to serve you and the women in our community whose lives are being transformed.