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.

Trivia Night Fundraiser Benefiting The Women’s Home

Triumph Luncheon,
Friday, November 18

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Save the Date

Friday, November 18, Royal Sonesta Hotel

11:30 AM – Gathering

11:50 AM – Program

An annual major fundraiser benefitting The Women’s Home

Triumph Luncheon

 

Co-Chairs:  Donae Chramosta, Kristen McDaniel, Karen Kash Redden and Jo Reid

Honoring:

Diane Riley    
Lifetime Achievement

Bank of America
Corporate Community Support

Jackie Phillips
Leadership

Ashley Brown Ruiz – The Daring Way
Program Excellence

Featuring Keynote speaker, Amanda Lindhout

Kidnap Survivor, Bestselling Author & Journalist

Amanda_Lindhout_400x550-e1440532708829In 2008, Amanda Lindhout traveled to Somalia as a freelance journalist to research a story on the millions of people affected by two decades of war, drought, and famine. Kidnapped by teenage criminals outside of the capital city, Mogadishu, Amanda spent 460 days enduring unimaginable hardships as a hostage in one of the world’s poorest countries.

Following her release in November 2009, she became an unlikely and passionate advocate for the people of Somalia. Four months after returning home, Amanda founded the Global Enrichment Foundation (GEF) to ignite leadership in Somalia through education and economic initiatives which the GEF creates, funds and implements.

Amanda’s memoir, A House InThe Sky, is a New York Times bestseller and is slated for development as a major motion picture with Annapurna Pictures. Oscar nominated actress Rooney Mara is set to produce and star in the film.

 

Underwriter Levels and Benefits for Sponsors

JUBILATION $35,000

  • Name displayed at Triumph Luncheon event
  • Two premier VIP tables for 10 guests each table (total 20 guests)
  • Recognition in all printed materials, website and at the event
  • Name listed on Triumph donor wall in the Mabee WholeLIfe® Service Center
  • Special invitation to VIP event on Thursday, November 17
  • 20 copies of A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett
  • Complimentary valet parking for all guests

ELATION $25,000

  • Name displayed at Triumph Luncheon event
  • VIP table for 10 guests
  • Recognition in all printed materials, website and at the event
  • Name listed on Triumph donor wall in the Mabee WholeLIfe® Service Center
  • Special invitation to VIP event on Thursday, November 17
  • 10 copies of A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett
  • Complimentary valet parking for all guests

JOY $15,000

  • Name displayed at Triumph Luncheon event
  • VIP table for 10 guests
  • Recognition in all printed materials, website and at the event
  • Name listed on Triumph donor wall in the Mabee WholeLIfe® Service Center
  • Special invitation to VIP event on Thursday, November 17
  • 10 copies of A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett
  • Complimentary valet parking for all guests

COMPASSION $10,000

  • Table for 10 guests
  • Name listed on all printed event materials and website
  • Name displayed at Triumph Luncheon event
  • Special invitation to VIP event on Thursday, November 17
  • 10 copies of A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett
  • Complimentary valet parking for all guests

VICTORY $5,000

  • Table for 10 guests
  • Name listed on all printed event materials and website
  • Name displayed at Triumph Luncheon event
  • 10 copies of A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett
  • Complimentary valet parking for all guests

HOPE $3,500

  • Table for 10 guests
  • Name listed on all printed event materials and website
  • Name displayed at Triumph Luncheon event
  • 10 copies of A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett
  • Complimentary valet parking for all guests

Individual Ticket $350

  • 1 copy of A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett
  • Complimentary valet parking

reNew and reDo Fashion Show, Wednesday, August 17, 6-9 PM

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CKW LUXE LOGO BLACK

The Women’s Home is honored to have CKW Luxe as the exclusive media sponsor for our 2016 reNew and reDo Fashion Show.

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Special thanks to Elegant Occasions for generously donating food for the event.  Learn more about them at www.ElegantOccasionsHouston.com.

 

 

Scroll to the bottom of the page to purchase your sponsorship or ticket today!

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

$25,000 HAUTE COUTURE   SOLD OUT!
Includes: 20 front row runway seats, 20 swag bags with goodies galore, early entry to event for VIP shopping beginning at 5:30 pm, dedicated VIP dressing room access – replete with bubbly and bites, 20 drink tickets, valet parking for all in party, and name or logo on all promotional materials

$10,000 FABULOUS FASHIONISTA   SOLD OUT!
Includes: 8 front row runway seats, 8 swag bags with goodies galore, early entry to event for VIP shopping beginning at 5:30 pm, dedicated VIP dressing room access – replete with bubbly and bites, 8 drink tickets, valet parking for all in party, and name or logo on all promotional materials

$5,000 POLISHED PATRON    SOLD OUT!
Includes: 6 premier seats, 6 swag bags with goodies galore, early entry to event for VIP shopping beginning at 5:30 pm, dedicated VIP dressing room access – replete with bubbly and bites, 6 drink tickets, valet parking for all in party, and name or logo on all promotional materials

$2,500 CHARITABLY CHIC   SOLD OUT!
Includes: 6 priority seats, 6 swag bags with goodies galore, early entry to event for VIP shopping beginning at 5:30 pm, dedicated VIP dressing room access – replete with bubbly and bites, 6 drink tickets, valet parking for all in party, and name or logo on all promotional materials

$1,000 DIVINE DIVA   SOLD OUT!
Includes: 4 prime seats, 4 swag bags with goodies galore, early entry to event for VIP shopping beginning at 5:30 pm, dedicated VIP dressing room access – replete with bubbly and bites, 4 drink tickets, valet parking for all in party, and name or logo on all promotional materials

$250 VIP Ticket   SOLD OUT!
Includes: 1 prime seat, 1 swag bag with goodies galore, early entry to event for VIP shopping beginning at 5:30 pm, dedicated VIP dressing room access – replete with bubbly and bites, 1 drink ticket, valet parking

 

FRIENDS OF MICHAEL AND STACI – SPECIAL SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES

$1,000 VIP Package ($250 per ticket with purchase of 4 tickets)    SOLD OUT!
Includes: 4 prime seats with your group of four, 4 swag bags with goodies galore, early entry to event for VIP shopping beginning at 5:30 pm, dedicated VIP dressing room access – replete with bubbly and bites, 4 drink tickets, valet parking for all in party.

$800  Super VIP Package ($800 per ticket) SOLD OUT!
Includes: Exclusive five course catered meal for Super VIP ticket holders in the home of Dr. Quang and Staci Henderson the week before the event. Champagne toast and limo ride from the Henderson home to the Wortham Theatre the night of the event.  1 bird’s eye view seat with Michael, Staci and the Super VIP ticket holders, 1 swag bag with goodies galore, early entry to event for VIP shopping beginning at 5:30 pm, dedicated VIP dressing room access – replete with bubbly and bites, 2 drink tickets, and valet parking should you chose to drive.
CLICK HERE FOR GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS!
Sponsor a Model

Kendra Gives Back Party!
Tuesday, July 19th, 6-8 pm

On Tuesday, July 19th from 6 to 8 PM, join The Women’s Home Young Professionals for a Kendra Gives Back Party! Kendra Scott – Rice Village will be hosting an event where 20% of the proceeds will benefit The Women’s Home. There will be sips, sweets and beautiful jewelry for you to enjoy while supporting a great cause.

The event is free! However, every guest that RSVP’s via our Eventbrite page will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to attend The Women’s Home reNew and reDo Fashion Show on Wednesday, August 17 2016.

Please bring donations of new or gently used designer clothing and accessories to support The Women’s Home’s reNew and reDo Fashion Show in August.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kendra-gives-back-party-benefiting-the-womens-home-tickets-25960821516

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LUCHO reNew and reDo Models’ Party

On the afternoon of Saturday, June 11th, LUCHO opened up their stunning boutique for the reNew and reDo Models’ Party. LUCHO welcome all our models with appetizers, macaroons, and bubbly. Its ravishing display of menswear and women’s shoes was the perfect spot for all the models to mingle and shop.

Many of our models, with a willing heart, donated their clothes to The Cottage Shop for our upcoming fashion show, reNew and reDo. Our models had fun meeting each other for the first time or reconnecting after not seeing each other in a while. The store was filled with laughter, cheer and glee. Later on Michael Pearce, co-chair of our 2016 reNew and reDo Fashion Show, thanked all our models for their commitment to The Women’s Home and to reNew and reDo. We look forward to seeing them walk the runway in fabulous designs from The Cottage Shop’s collection later this August.

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