Tom McCasland, Director, City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department
Melody Barr, Deputy Assistant Director, Public Services/Public Facilities at City of Houston-Housing and Community Development
Andrea Smith, Financial Analyst, City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department
Kathryn Turner, Loan Officer, Central Region, Corporation for Supportive Housing
Yasmin Huebinger, Vice President, Capital One, N.A.
Judge Steven Kirkland, Harris County 334th Civil Court and Board member of WholeLife Services, Inc.
Jo Lightsey and Linda Whatley of the Old Spring Branch Civic Association
The dedication of the Mabee WholeLife® Service Center will be in early 2018. For more information on how you can support the Center and help build whole lives, please contact Bethany Fields at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Women’s Home is proud to have won the 2017 Houston Business Journal Landmark Award in the area of Community Impact for our Adele and Ber Pieper Family Place Apartments complex. The awards recognize outstanding real estate projects completed in the greater Houston area between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Finalists and the winners of all categories were announced and awarded on stage in front of the key building blocks in the commercial real estate community. The ceremony, held on April 20th, recognized commercial real estate projects and developments that create the foundation of the Houston landscape, as well as honor the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Winner, Edna Meyer-Nelson, president & CEO of The Richland Companies. We are greatly honored!
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It is with joy and gratitude that we celebrate Paula Paust and her 25 years of unparalleled service to The Women’s Home. Paula’s leadership and commitment to The Home have created a solid foundation upon which the organization has flourished and expanded, and we are now able to serve more women and their families than ever before. We wish her well in her retirement and will always be grateful for her tireless, loving efforts to ensure that The Home and its clients thrive.
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We are proud to announce Anna Dragsbaek as The Women’s Home’s new Chief Executive Officer. Anna brings with her many years of non-profit experience and a passion for empowering families. With a background in social work, public health and law, she believes in the power of women to build healthy families and strong communities. Anna is honored to continue the legacy of The Home, helping women in crisis regain their self-esteem and dignity. We warmly welcome her family into ours.
As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Women’s Home, we are in the midst of an exciting time of growth and change. With the addition of the Adele and Ber Pieper Family Place and in 2017, the Mabee WholeLife® Service Center, we are expanding into new areas of service. With the ongoing support of our community, The Women’s Home is poised to impact more lives than ever.
Give a Gift to Honor Paula’s Legacy!
This year, during the month of November, our friends at Urban Leasing & Realty (ULR) will be hosting a food and toiletry drive to support the emergency pantry at Jane Cizik Garden Place – The Women’s Home permanent supportive apartment complex in Spring Branch.
Help women and families in the Houston area build whole lives by donating non-perishable food items and toiletries to help stock our food pantry. Donations can be dropped off at ULR’s office at 1925-B Richmond or any of the drop off locations listed above between November 1 and November 30, 2016.
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!
New Therapeutic Counseling Services
Thanks to an exciting partnership with Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM), Jane Cizik Garden Place now has therapeutic services on-site for all interested residents. Individual therapy sessions will be provided by Carolina Luna, LCSW. This expansion of services has been made possible by generous funding from Houston Methodist.
Carolina is a Mental Health Counselor for Memorial Assistance Ministries with over 7 years of experience in the mental health and substance abuse field. Carolina has a Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Children and Families from Fordham University in New York City. She has helped many individuals in various settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, and non-for-profit agencies.
Carolina has experience providing individual and group psychotherapy utilizing evidence-based approaches that focus on helping clients and residents make life changes towards personal goals. She pioneered a community youth program at her local church and coordinated weekly groups togive young people a place to belong. Those who know her would describe her as being compassionate and loving as well as being dedicated in all she manages. She is excited to work with the tenants at Jane Cizik Garden Place and branch out to counseling the women of JCGP. She will be providing services in the evenings after work hours to accommodate our tenants work schedules.
Carolina enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two young daughters, watching movies and taking walks in the park. She is fluent in Spanish and was born and raised in Queens, New York.
Jane Cizik Garden Place Presents Community Yoga
We are grateful for Jennifer Clements, certified Yoga instructor that has offered to volunteer at Jane Cizik Garden Place. She was introduced to The Home, by mom-in-law Lisa Simon and she brings with her a donation from MFT Interests to purchase yoga mats and blocks for our tenants to use. Residents will have the opportunity to stretch their body, mind while learning powerful yoga poses and techniques. This practice will undoubtedly help them gain insights into the physical and mental health benefits of yoga and deep stretching. Sessions will be held every Monday and will be made appropriate for all levels.
Case managers, Nena Chima and Ashley Stratton will participate with the community group, leading by doing. Jennifer plans to take advantage of our stunning garden to hold the practice outdoors, weather permitting. Of course, Community Yoga is also a great way to enhance fellowship and engagement at JCGP.
Jennifer has already shared some deep breathing techniques and stretches to the staff as she was oriented to her new volunteer role. We are thrilled to have her join our team.