Partnership with Harris County Public Library

We are currently forming a partnership with the Harris County Public Library (HCPL) to bring a mobile library and educational literacy programs to our Mabee WholeLife® Service Center. As part of our initial efforts, we held an after-school story time and book give-away on March 27, 2018. HCPL brought science-related activities for the kids, read stories, and entertained with one of their costumed mascots “Owlbatron.” They also brought the Curiosity Cruiser—a mobile library where the children were able to choose six free, brand-new books to take home to start their own personal libraries.  

We’re excited about this new partnership and look forward to what’s to come! 

The Women’s Home Honored by Mayor Turner as Part of The Way Home

Anna C. Dragsbaek, CEO of The Women’s Home (center) with Mayor Sylvester Turner
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner held a press event on Monday, December 18, 2017 to celebrate the partners of The Way Home, and their exceeding the Mayor’s Challenge to house 500 chronically homeless individuals in 6 months.
“In March 2017, Turner announced a comprehensive and holistic approach to reducing homelessness….At the center of this plan was The Way Home, the collaborative model comprised of more than 100 private nonprofits and public organizations that has reduced overall homelessness by 60 percent.”
The Women’s Home is proud to be one of The Way Home partners.

Our 2017 Triumph Luncheon Was a Glorious Event!

On Friday, November 17, two hundred seventy-five guests gathered at the Houstonian Hotel to honor some of Houston’s most selfless community members and to support The Women’s Home.  ABC13’s Gina Gaston graciously served as emcee.  The Houston Grand Opera’s Zoie Reams, accompanied by pianist Blake Salter, delighted guests with a live performance of “Ain’t That Good News.”

Beloved and infinitely generous Houston philanthropists Lester and Sue Smith were named Lifetime Achievement Honorees.  Longtime TWH supporter, board president, and Capital Campaign chair Karen Ostrum George was honored with the Leadership award.  Stuart Nelson was recognized for Program Excellence for his work with The Women’s Home’s Spirituality Program.  St. Martin’s Episcopal Church was given the Community Support award for their unwavering and generous support of TWH over the years.

Lester Smith and Liz Murray, both of whom have endured intense hardship in their lives, shared their stories of resilience and inspired everyone present.

The elegant luncheon raised awareness for The Home, raised support for our far-reaching programs, and raised the spirits of all who attended.  It was a triumphant day, indeed.

Clothing for Clients

We are in need of business and business-casual clothing, 
sizes 14-24, to assist some of our clients as they prepare
for job interviews! 
Can you help?
If you have items you can donate or know of someone (or somewhere!) that might, you can bring them to The Cottage Shop – just be sure to tell the person receiving your items that they are for our clients, not inventory for The Shop.  And don’t forget your in-kind donation receipt!
Thank you so much.

The Women’s Home Receives MAXIMUS Foundation Grant Award

“The MAXIMUS Foundation is proud to present The Women’s Home with a grant in honor of its commitment to improving the lives of those it serves in the community,” said John Boyer, MAXIMUS Foundation Chairman. “Through its innovative services and solutions, The Women’s Home’s values continue to align with those of the MAXIMUS Foundation – helping disadvantaged populations while supporting individuals’ and families’ pursuit of self-sufficiency and improved health care outcomes. On behalf of the MAXIMUS Foundation, I am so grateful for The Women’s Home’s dedicated work.”

About MAXIMUS
Since 1975, MAXIMUS has operated under its founding mission of Helping Government Serve the People®, enabling citizens around the globe to successfully engage with their governments at all levels and across a variety of health and human services programs. MAXIMUS delivers innovative business process management and technology solutions that contribute to improved outcomes for citizens and higher levels of productivity, accuracy, accountability and efficiency of government sponsored programs. For more information, visit www.maximus.com.

About the MAXIMUS Foundation
As the philanthropic arm of MAXIMUS, the Foundation extends the mission of the Company by identifying and awarding grants to partners with specialized expertise to deliver results within the same populations and communities served by the public programs the Company operates. The MAXIMUS Foundation is completely funded by MAXIMUS and its employees, and provides grants to local community organizations with programs and projects in the areas of child and youth development, health and community development.

Quarterly Awards Banquets

Once a quarter we host an Awards Banquet for our residential clients.  These events are a time for acknowledging and celebrating the immensely hard work and great progress of each woman.  Their families are invited to attend, and a former graduate is often present to share her own inspirational story.  Graduates are also invited to speak after they receive their diplomas.  This quarter’s banquet is generously sponsored by the West University Rotary Club.  

posted 9/25/17

Our 2017 reNew & reDo Fashion Show was a fabulous night!

On Thursday night, August 24, The Women’s Home hosted its annual reNew & reDo Fashion Show at the beautiful Ballroom at Bayou Place.  Nearly 300 guests shopped the glamorous pop-up boutique (by The Home’s own Cottage Shop, a boutique resale shop in the heart of Montrose) with bags, shoes, dresses, jackets and more by Gucci, Prada, Escada, and St. John, just to name a few.  Guests also enjoyed the delectable eats of Chef Ara Malekian, and VIP guests received swag bags with goodies from Tory Burch, Elizabeth Anthony, Adara Med Spa, and more.

Then the posh crowd took their seats for the highlight of the evening, the Fashion Show produced by Lenny Matuszewski and Tamara Bonar, hosted by emcee Elaine Turner.  Fashion Icon Joyce Echols was  honored at the event.  Then the glamorous models – Kat Kearns, Mimi Irvin, Gregg Harrison, Victoria J. Hellyer, and more – took to the runway sporting fabulous looks that were all donated to The Women’s Home and were available for sale to guests after the show.  Dr. Karan Sra was named the Show’s Top Model for raising the most money for The Home and its programs.

The after-party featured more fabulous shopping, delicious desserts by Seasons 52, and the music of Bradley Davis Entertainment to keep the party going.

The event raised nearly $100,000 for The Home, a 60 year-old non-profit that provides housing and individually tailored support services to help prevent and end homelessness in the Houston area.

Event Co-Chairs Mimi Irvin, Gregg Harrison, and Kat Kearns

 

Click here to read the fabulous CKW Luxe piece on reNew 2017!