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Suzannes Story

 

When I arrived at The Women’s Home, I was asked why I wanted to be there. My answer was that I didn’t want to die. Little did I know that not only was I going to live, but I was going to live a life of joy and abundance.

 

By this point, I had been through many life traumas. I had experienced great loss and sexual abuse as a child…and I did not have the skills to cope. The latest and worst of these traumas happened during my first rehabilitation program, right before I was scheduled to go home. My family came to tell me that my daughter had been killed in a car accident by a driver who was high on PCP. Three years later, I showed up at The Women’s Home.

 

From the beginning, it was obvious that The Women’s Home cared about my mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Their program included all the things I needed, from intensive therapy to computer and career courses to yoga. I was able to get counseling to help me cope with the traumas in my life. I felt safe to share all the secrets that I had never shared with anyone and received counseling for each.

 

I found new important life skills, such as self-advocacy, confidence, and problem- solving through individual and group counseling sessions. At The Women’s Home, I learned how to set goals and live a life of purpose. First, with the help of my case worker, and then, I was able to accomplish this on my own. I was able to do things like set up well-women’s visits and mammograms, get my social security card, and obtain a driver license’s and gold card. These were the start of my goals, and it made me feel good about myself to accomplish these tasks and then set new goals for myself.

 

When I think about The Women’s Home or am asked about it, I describe it as a place of healing. As a 53-year-old woman I had never felt any self-confidence. Between the therapy and support they provided, I now wake up each morning with joy and confidence. This is something I never thought would happen. With the help of The Women’s Home, I became job-ready and was able to fulfill my passion of working with Special Education students again.

 

One of the goals I had set for myself at The Women’s Home was to transition to its independent apartment housing at Jane Cizik Garden Place, which is where I am living now.  I wake up every day thankful and truly happy, and when I leave work at the end of each day, I find a serene, beautiful place to call home.

 

– Suzanne

 

WAVE Day 2018

For thirteen years, The Women’s Home has been a fortunate recipient of ExxonMobil’s WAVE (Women’s Annual Volunteer Event) Day community event. This year on April 27, 120 volunteers spent the day with us, providing our clients with valuable knowledge through workshops such as Interview Skills, Financial Literacy, Networking, Wellness, and Dress for Success. ExxonMobil brought inspiring speakers along with a delicious lunch for 40 of our clients as well as 16 ladies from the Santa Maria Hostel.  For their on-site service project, WAVE Day workers redecorated Barbara’s House, one of the cottages at our Montrose campus: they painted walls and cabinets and even donated a TV! Volunteers also donated clothes and helped organize and sort in The Cottage Shop.  Additionally, for every hour each volunteer served, ExxonMobil donates funding to The Women’s Home.

 

Thank you, WAVE Day volunteers and ExxonMobil!

Grand Opening Celebration of our Mabee WholeLife Service Center

 

 

On Thursday, May 3 we hosted a joyful Grand Opening Celebration and Dedication of our new Mabee WholeLife® Service Center located in Spring Branch.  Mayor Sylvester Turner presided over the ribbon cutting and emphasized the importance of this new Service Center to the Houston community.

 

Thanks to our many collaborative partners, The Mabee WholeLife Service Center has begun offering a range of essential services to the community including behavioral healthcare for adults and children, summer enrichment programming taught by Boys & Girls Club of Houston, healthcare services through the Spring Branch Community Health Center (a Federally Qualified Health Clinic), and a greenspace that encompasses an outdoor classroom certified by the Nature Explore Program. We are also continuing to form partnerships with key community partners to bring additional services to the Spring Branch community. For instance, we are working with the Harris County Public Library to bring in a mobile library and educational literacy programs. 

 

In addition to long-term programs, we are also able to implement programs to meet immediate needs of the community. For instance, following Hurricane Harvey, The Women’s Home received disaster relief funding from the United Way of Greater Houston and St. Martin’s Episcopal Church to address the basic needs of families whose children attend Treasure Forest Elementary School (in Spring Branch). This generous support has enabled us to offer a bi-weekly, pop-up pantry at our Service Center. Since the beginning of February, there have been six pop-up pantries held for families, and as of May 1, we have provided basic needs support to 43 area families (246 adults and 116 children).

 

From funding by private donors and supportive foundations to federal funds provided by the City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD), The Mabee WholeLife Service Center is truly a community effort. “The Women’s Home embodies the spirit of complete communities and is a testament to the resiliency of Houstonians,” says Tom McCasland, the Director of HCDD. “They never hesitate to roll up their sleeves and get to work to strengthen the community through time, effort and supportive service.”

 

Over the next eighteen months, as all of our programs are put into place, we anticipate being able to service 6,000 people annually.  We are deeply grateful to all of the donors who made our Mabee WholeLife Service Center possible.

Pop-Up Pantry Project

 

 

Hurricane Harvey impacted us all, in one way or another. The Women’s Home received disaster relief funding from the United Way of Greater Houston and St. Martin’s Episcopal Church to address the basic needs of families whose students attend Treasure Forest Elementary School in Spring Branch. This generous support has enabled us to offer a biweekly, pop-up, basic needs pantry at our new Mabee WholeLife® Service Center.

 

Since the beginning of February, there have been six pantry dates at our Service Center for families. To date, we have provided basic needs support to 43 area families to date (246 adults and 116 children).

 

At the beginning of March, The Women’s Home expanded the pantry’s offerings to include clothing from our pop-up Cottage shop at the Center.  Eligible participants receive a $50 voucher to purchase clothing. We are working in conjunction with staff at Treasure Forest Elementary School to share information regarding the pantry and issue vouchers to eligible families.

 

Through our bi-weekly pantries, families have also had access to free legal aid, assistance signing up for state and federal assistance (CHIP, SNAP, WIC, etc.) and information about low-cost health care.

 

Thanks to the generosity of our funders, we were able to purchase a commercial refrigerator for our Pantry Project. Now we can offer free prepared meals and fresh produce to the families accessing the pantry through a partnership with Second Servings of Houston, a local non-profit that picks up excess prepared food from regulated food businesses, such as hotels, arenas, and cafeterias, and delivers it safely to non-profit meal providers that serve the hungry. A new refrigerator may not be glamorous or seem like much, but it, along with our Second Servings partnership, has provided us with the capacity to provide basic needs assistance to low-income families after the life of our Pantry Project as well.

 

Many families have expressed sincere gratitude for the food and other assistance they’ve received. Some have shared their stories from Harvey and told us how—all these months later—they are still suffering financial setbacks from the disaster. Over half of the families we have served are caring for three or more children, so every bit of help we can offer makes a difference.

Women’s Home
Annual Crawfish Boil

Online registration for our annual Crawfish Boil is now closed.

We will have a limited number of tickets available for sale at the door on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Tickets/Check-in:

When you arrive, please go to our Will Call Table (located at the entrance facing McDuffie Street) to pick up your tickets. If you would like to have your tickets in hand before the event, you are welcome to drop by our administrative offices anytime this week between 8:00 am and 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. We are located at 607 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006. Just let our receptionist know that you’re there to pick up tickets for the Crawfish Boil, and she will be happy to assist you.

 

Parking:

Parking in Houston is crazy, right?  Parking in Montrose can be even crazier!! There is limited parking available in the neighborhood surrounding West Alabama. Many streets only allow parking on one side of the street, so please take notice of street signs when parking.  If you don’t want the hassle of parking, we encourage you to carpool or catch a ride with a great service like Uber.

2017 Crawfish Boil Invitation

2017 Event Chairs

Katy and Logan Boatman

Meaghan and JP Yorro

2017 Host Committee

Zenobia and Darvell Bivens, Marcella Burke, Mark Carter, Jessica Castañeda, Matt Corbett, Joel Glover, Courtney Goldberg, Ashley and Kyle Lewis, Rachel and Alex Lopez, Courtney and Jeff Lyons, Kelly Sandill, Helen Shultz, Barbara Vaughn

 

Featuring Live Music by Brad Absher and Swamp Royale

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For more information, please click here.

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors! For a current listing of sponsors, please click here.

Individual Tickets on sale now for $45 each! Your ticket includes all-you-can-eat crawfish, 1 drink ticket and loads of fun. 

Online registration is now closed for this event. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door on April 1st!

Clark Cooper Concepts hosts Halloween Happy Hour
to benefit The Women’s Home

The spirits came early to The Dunlavy on Allen Parkway as Clark Cooper Concepts hosted a Dia De Los Muertos Themed Happy Hour on Thursday, October 20th to benefit The Women’s Home. Over 200 guests were treated to Day of the Dead themed cocktails and appetizers while enjoying the revelries of a classic Mexican loteria.
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In addition, Clark Cooper Concepts is fielding a team of six runners who will fundraise and race in the 2017 Aramco Half Marathon in support of The Women’s Home through the Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason Program. The evening raised almost $1,000 in donations to support the Clark Cooper Concepts Half Marathon Team and The Women’s Home. A second loteria is planned for Thrusday, November 3rd at The Dunlay.

The Women’s Home would like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to Clark Cooper Concepts for its extreme generosity. If you would like to support the efforts of Clark Cooper through the Run for a Reason Program, please visit Chevron Houston Maraton and enter “Clark Cooper” under the team name. All donations will directly benefit The Women’s Home.

Run For A Reason

RFARwTXTandWEB_color_NOdate_finalThe Women’s Home is honored to have been selected as an official charity in the Chevron Houston Marathon’s Run for a Reason Program for the fifth straight year!

Help build us whole lives through your participation in the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramaco Houston Half Marathon or ABB 5K by running for The Women’s Home. Your support will help raise both funds and awareness for the programming we offer to local under-served women and their families.

There are four ways you can help The Women’s Home through the Run For A Reason program:

1. Become our HERO.

For a $350 tax-deductible donation, you will receive a guaranteed entry into the race of your choice (Chevron Houston Marathon or Aramco Half Marathon) and receive some awesome benefits that include a custom back bib, tech cap, pass for pre-race private indoor restrooms, and much more!

2. Fundraising for Registration (FFR).

This option gives runners an opportunity to receive a guaranteed race entry in the race of their choice by fundraising for The Women’s Home. We have a limited number of these spots available with a set fundraising minimum of $500.

3. Already have an entry?

You can still support The Women’s Home! Go to Chevron Houston Marathon‘s website, select The Women’s Home from the list of charities on the Run for a Reason Charity Page and then click on the Fundraise/Donate button. Every runner that raises $350 or more will receive the same benefits as our HEROs.

4. Looking for a way to promote your business?

Your company can receive great exposure as a Sidewalk Squad Corporate Charity Donor. As a corporate charity donor, your company will be aligned with a 40+ year community event that has become the nation’s premier winter marathon. Plus, your company’s name will be seen by more than 30,000 participants, 7,000 volunteers, 250,000 spectators and over half a million television viewers – all while contributing a tax deductible donation to The Women’s Home.

The 2016-2017 Sidewalk Squad Corporate Charity Donor packages offer a variety of opportunities for local businesses and organizations to be recognized as a prominent supporter of the Chevron Houston Marathon and the Run for a Reason charity program.

For more information on any of these options, please contact Bethany Fields at 713-328-1951 or bfields@thewomenshome.org.

Texas Women Rainmakers

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On Friday, August 26, the Texas Women Rainmakers met in Houston for their annual conference.

The Rainmakers are a group of female lawyers from across Texas dedicated to “helping women lawyers be better rainmakers and succeed in their careers.” As part of their conference, they asked Debra Richmond, staff of The Home to attend and speak about the work being done to help women build whole lives. In gratitude for The Home’s attendance, the Rainmakers asked conference attendees to bring sheet and towel sets for the 40 apartments set to house the chronically homeless at the Adele and Ber Pieper Family Place starting in October.
Hearing about the work The Home does inspired the Rainmakers to donate 13 sets of sheets, 6 towel sets, and over $3,100!

Thank you to the Texas Women Rainmakers for helping to make our mission possible!