Urban Leasing & Realty (ULR) hosts food drive to benefit Jane Cizik Garden Place


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.

Adele and Ber Pieper Family Place – Now Open!

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In response to the need for an affordable environment in which families can thrive, The Women’s Home has completed the first phase of a two part capital project to further develop a unique community for women and their families. Opened on October 1, 2016, Adele and Ber Pieper Family Place, our $15.7 million permanent supportive housing complex is LEED certified, with 80 two- bedroom and 4 three-bedroom, unfurnished apartments. Residents have access to laundry facilities, community meeting space, and an outdoor barbecue and play area. The housing facility is located on 2.3 acres of land at the corner of Jacquelyn Street and Hammerly Boulevard, within walking distance to Jane Cizik Garden Place and our soon to be complete Mabee WholeLife® Service Center, an elementary school, a bus line, shopping centers, medical care, and employment opportunities. Two full time case managers are on-site to assist vulnerable families towards stability and success.

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This incredible facility has opened its doors devoting 40 of the apartment homes to those families who have faced chronic homelessness. These families have been accepted from area shelters to a home of their own. Since the fastest growing segment of homeless are single women with children, programs and services will be provided that erase their vulnerability and vastly improve their futures.

We are proud of this complex and the community we will be building there. Were it not for the generous donors listed below, our reach to assist women and their families would not be possible.

We would like to Thank our Generous Donors:

$1,000,000 and Above
City of Houston Housing and Community Development
$500,000 – $999,999
Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas
$200,000 – $499,999
The Joyce Family Foundation
The Charles and Melissa Davis Foundation
Becky G. and Ralph S. O’Connor
The Clayton Fund
Susan G. and James A. Baker, III
Leigh Evans
Judy and Tony Gilbert
J’Anne and Jeff Rawson
Bette Ann Stead
Karen and Evan Marti
Susan and Thomas McMahan

Adele and Ber Pieper Family Place was made possible in part by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Housing Tax Credit Program,
Hudson Housing Capital, Amegy Bank of Texas, and Covenant Community Capital.

Fluor Day of Caring

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On Saturday, September 24, more than 30 employees and family members of Fluor volunteered at The Women’s Home as part of the Fluor Cares initiative. The Fluor Day of Caring included prepping and painting The Home’s large classroom and 2 bathrooms in the Life Learning Center at the 811 campus and assisted with sorting clothing for The Cottage Shop.
Not only did Fluor Cares provide the man power to accomplish the project, but they also donated the supplies to improve the learning and healing environment for our clients.
Thank you to Fluor Cares for volunteering to make our campus more beautiful and our Cottage Shop even more successful!

For more information on volunteering in The Cottage Shop, please email Cheri Barton at CBarton@thewomenshome.org

Texas Women Rainmakers


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!

Services Expand at Jane Cizik Garden Place

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 Luna 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

Services ExpandingWe 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.

Bauer Women Society: Empowering Young Women Everywhere

The Bauer Women Society at the University of Houston is an undergraduate business organization that focuses on skill building workshops, career opportunities, leadership and philanthropic work to promote the personal and professional development of aspiring businesswomen. The Bauer Women Society had the opportunity to engage in an outreach event at The Women’s Home. The members had a great time volunteering and sorting through the donations at The Cottage Shop. This was a great way for the Bauer Women Society to connect with the wonderful people at the Women’s Home and find a new way to give back to the community. The Bauer Women Society strongly believes that giving back is very important because it demonstrates appreciation to the community, and Bauer Women love and appreciates their community.

Learn more here: www.uhbauerwomensociety.com

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Going Bold!

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Mechelle Tran (R) with Katie Couric


About a year ago, Mechelle Tran was introduced to The Women’s Home.  Not long after, she jumped in with both feet and made a huge difference within her network!

Asked to help make our 2016 Crawfish Boil successful, she decided to tap into vendors that supplied her family business.  Pho Saigon, a long- standing favorite of Midtown folks in the know, is Mechelle’s family business.  Since 1998, they have been serving steaming bowls of pho to thousands each month.  So it was a natural for Mechelle to go to their seafood provider, Marine Foods Express to help pay the crawfish bill!  And they did, becoming our Crawfish Bib sponsor….talk about keeping the event clean and fresh!


Their participation will go a long way to covering the cost of the 2400 pounds of crawfish needed for our event.  Mechelle has also reached out to several other restaurants for trays of food to satisfy our guests at the event’s VIP kickoff next week. Mechelle said she found it easy to ask for money to help our residents, because in working as a volunteer at The Cottage Shop she has seen first-hand where the funds end up and how vital they are to our mission!  Thanks Mechelle, for going bold for The Home.

You Made a Difference!

We are thrilled to announce that as of early March, we have met the million dollar Mabee Challenge! Thanks to everyone that donated at the end of 2015 and those special last gifts that met our match.

Our $27 million dollar campaign is quickly drawing to a close with less than $350,000 to go.

The roof goes on at another permanent supportive housing complex, owned and managed by The Women’s Home.  Soon more vulnerable families will have an incredible community to call HOME!

The Daring Way

About The Daring Way™

The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings.

During the process facilitators explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. Participants are invited to examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding them back and identify the new choices and practices that will move them toward more authentic and wholehearted living.

The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.


Who is Brené Brown?BRENE BROWN

  • Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.
  • She has spent the past thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.
  • Brené is the author of three #1 New York Times Bestsellers: Rising Strong, Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection.
  • She is also the Founder and CEO for The Daring Way™ and COURAGEworks – an online learning community that offers eCourses, workshops, and interviews for individuals and organizations ready for braver living, loving, and leading.
  • Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 25 million viewers.



Some Reflections from our Residents

“The Daring Way helped me with the courage to go along with being strong.  It was an opportunity for me to talk about challenges and speak up without fear.  The conversations were in our safe community and it taught me to handle my shame.  I was so far down and it lifted me up.”

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“Studying this work was a break out moment for me.  I found myself holding back and unable to share what I needed in therapy until I participated in the group discussions. The most important lesson for me was the chance to identify support; the important people that I needed in my life to recover.  I thought about who I needed to bring into my life. It was a new way to treat myself, talk kindly to myself….be joyous.”



“When they assigned us to read the first chapter, I read the whole book!  Reading the words were like sitting down with a warm friend.  I never had that kind of language before in my life. I learned that I was worthy of love and affection, right now, the way I am!  It was a refreshing new insight to escape my shame. It has made me curious to try new things and discover what feeds my soul.  With this discovery there are possibilities for hope in the future.  I can change things that were from deep down inside me and live an authentic life.”




Expressive Therapy: A Special Unlocking of Personal Creativity and Thought

creativity-oxygen-soulResidents participating in our Treatment program spend Tuesday mornings with many opportunities for expressive therapy.  Regular volunteers, Janet Vucinich and Joe Synan work with words and watercolors respectively to unlock creative expression and the voice of our residents.

Janet, an accomplished writer and teacher, coaxes the words through a variety of assignments, highlighted by her notes, here:

“Tuesday was incredible. The ladies did some really good writing after reading a poem by Marie Howe. I think they all shared and totally appreciated with loud clapping each of the writings.”  


“The women had a good time playing with paper and scissors; inspired by Matisse, they came up with great ideas from a card for a mother who passed away years ago to self- portraits, pictures of places they remember to just abstract design.  The room was full; twenty women today.”

Joe Synan has only recently come to serve the clients with his passion for watercolor paintings.  They are building quite an inventory and their confidence, as well.  Both instructors have spent years honing their craft and their ability to share with others.  Their inspiration is infectious.

But, the creativity doesn’t stop there!  This past week, Vivian Lewis, local artist and owner of My Picqasso, led an art workshop where each of the attendees created their own rendition of a dreamcatcher on canvas.  As the residents peered into their own canvas, they were able to create their own special piece.

Creative expression brings about healing and enables empowerment….all the while instilling joy and a sense of accomplishment!  We are grateful for the wonderful community volunteers that help make this possible.