“Be a Light” in the life of homeless families across Houston.




SoK Salon is supporting The Women’s Home to “Be a Light” in the life of homeless families across Houston.

The Women’s Home is opening Pieper Family Place Apartments in Spring Branch with 40 fully furnished units reserved for homeless families.

Your donation of $40 provides a lamp for these families & welcomes them to their new home.

Please give generously and help us reach our goal of 120 lamps!

*  Donations received above the 120 lamps needed will be used to furnish other necessities in the apartments for homeless families.

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.


Dear Women’s Home Family and Friends,

It is with mixed emotions that I share with you the below retirement announcement from our Executive Director, Paula Paust. I, along with the entire Board of Directors, express our tremendous gratitude and appreciation to Paula for her almost 25 years of dedicated service and visionary leadership to The Women’s Home.  Her compassion and desire to help women in crisis inspires us all.


Karen Ostrum George

President, Board of Directors, The Women’s Home


Dearest all,

It is with tremendous pride and excitement that I share with you my decision to retire as Executive Director of the Women’s Home.

Nearly 25 years ago, I joined The Women’s Home, committed to be a servant leader furthering our mission – to provide a voice and assistance to those who need it most. During my tenure at the Women’s Home, we have helped thousands of women through our nationally recognized WholeLife® Program; become a national model for other like-minded organizations; and expanded our services to provide a much needed sober living apartment complex serving women in the Houston community. Just this year, we have constructed and opened a new family apartment complex, the Adele and Ber Pieper Family Place, providing housing for working families and those that have experienced homelessness. Later this month, construction of the WholeLife® Service Center will commence, which will provide much needed services in the community to include a healthcare clinic and providing after-school and summer school programming for children. In addition, workforce development, substance abuse and mental health services will be available for adults.

None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the extraordinary efforts of The Women’s Home staff and the Board of Directors. It has been my pleasure to work with Boards of Directors and donors that put so much of their personal time and effort into our organization over the years. I have been profoundly blessed to be a part of such an incredible team. There has never been a time when The Women’s Home executive leadership team, staff, and Board of Directors has been stronger or more stable.

I will continue to lead The Women’s Home until my successor is appointed by the Board of Directors in early 2017. A committee of board members led by Karen Ostrum George and past presidents Kay Walther and Susan Walker-Spalding is conducting the search for the right candidate to be approved by the Board. I will welcome the new executive director with open arms, providing assistance in any way to ensure he or she is positioned for success. In the meantime, be assured that we are moving forward with the vital work of the organization. With your continued support and commitment, the future of The Women’s Home remains very bright.

Thank you for your trust, confidence, and support over the past 25 years. The progress, growth, and accomplishments of The Women’s Home have occurred because of your efforts and support. It has been my distinct pleasure to serve you and the women in our community whose lives are being transformed.
Paula Paust
Executive Director

Sponsor a Model Contest

We encourage you to give generously in support of our volunteer models. Make a selection (or two) and donate to the cause.


Breaking Down Barriers

The Women’s Home conducts an on-going quality control process to insure that we are serving the vulnerable population of women in need, in our community.  After much discussion and thoughtful design, we are pleased to announce that we have lowered the barriers of admission to our Treatment program at our campus in Montrose.  Residents can now come to us for addiction and mental health treatment in a new 89 day intensive program.

We realize that beds for substance abuse care are virtually non-existent because facilities such as Riverside and VOA have closed down their treatment beds.  Funding became more scarce for these agencies and so treatment became more elusive for those women committed to shedding the horrible burdens of addiction. With an expectation of at least 60 days sobriety to enter our supportive treatment phase; we were turning away women more frequently.  We knew it was time to step up and address the crisis facing so many of our sisters in Houston.

With funding from HUD (Housing and Urban Development) and a new Mental Health initiative from the Methodist Foundation, we have designated 8 beds in our main dormitory for intensive substance abuse treatment.  Residents are enrolled in this tight knit group once they have successfully completed a medical detox, stretching a few days.  They, and their cohorts are part of a program that includes individual and group counseling, constant care and vigilant oversight by round the clock psych techs and special physical and spiritual wellness offerings.  It is our hope that our specially designed intensive program will result in the same high levels of success that we enjoy in our supportive program.

One of the features of the large grant awarded by the Methodist Foundation, is the ability to collaborate for medical, wellness and psychiatric care with Legacy Clinic.  We also work closely with Santa Maria Hostel for detox services.  We are grateful to Houston Methodist for making this new program possible.  They have responded to the communities’ dire need for expanded behavioral health services and their leadership is invaluable.

This intensive program was begun in February and we will stay actively committed to reporting on the results of this important addition to our services.


Attention all college students: Looking for a PAID intern for our upcoming fashion show!




One of the Women’s Homes’ most successful, exciting and well-received fundraisers is our style show and designer sale called ReNew & ReDo, held in August of each year. At this New York style runway show and sale, high-end designer clothes and accessories that have been donated throughout the year to our Cottage Shop resale store are modeled and sold at a ticketed event held at a fashionable Houston venue. This event not only raises funds for TWH, but is a highly effective promotion of our successful social enterprise, The Cottage Shop, which enjoys sales of over $500,000.00/year and is a critical element in not only our revenue stream, but also in the vocational training of our clients.

As the TWH Fashion Show Development Assistant, our intern will be responsible for essential event planning, promotion and implementation, market research, donor recruitment and volunteer coordination for one of The Women’s Home’s key annual fundraisers.

Job Title:

Development Assistant:   Fashion Show

Internship Job Description:

This internship requires a bright, dynamic, high-energy student interested in acquiring a broad range of personal and professional skills in the areas of non-profit fundraising, marketing and fashion retail management. In addition, the intern will gain an understanding of our program mission by working side by side with TWH clients at The Cottage Shop. With the support and training provided by TWH staff such as our Director of Resource Development and Cottage Shop Store Manager, the internship will provide in-depth experience through the following job requirements:

  1. Event Planning: The student will experience the inner workings of how non-profit fundraisers are planned and implemented including cost/profit analysis, advertising, volunteer/staff/venue coordination and event day organization and implementation.

Time frame: Ongoing throughout the internship.

  1. Market Research: In order to recruit the best possible designer clothing donations for the fashion show, our intern will develop a spreadsheet of area boutiques and resale shops that could potentially donate unsold items for the show. This would require extensive online research to develop a spreadsheet of key information about the retailers along with in person visits to the stores to assess their viability as donors. Then the intern will work with staff to create an effective method of contacting each retailer to determine their interest in donating their designer items to TWH, including appropriate materials and sales strategies.

Time Frame: During the first two weeks of the internship, once orientation and initial training by the Resource Director and Cottage Shop Manager is completed.

  1. Donor Recruitment: After fine-tuning their “pitch”, the intern will then contact retailers via phone or in person to encourage their participation in the project and hopefully develop them as a long-term donor for TWH.

Time Frame: This will continue throughout the course of the internship, but will be most intense during the 3rd – 6th weeks.

  1. Product Assessment and Organization: As clothing and accessories are donated, the intern will learn how to choose which items are best-suited for ReNew & ReDux and perform the research necessary to determine appropriate value and pricing. They will then work with staff and TWH clients to organize the chosen items.

Time Frame: Ongoing as donations arrive, but likely most intense during the 5th through 8th week of the internship.

  1. Show Preparation: The intern will work with Fashion Show Professionals to choose which clothing and accessories will be part of the show and work with our volunteer models to coordinate the outfits each will wear.

Time Frame: Weeks 5th – 8th.

  1. Event Day Planning: The intern will work with our Resource Director to determine event day details such as catering, venue layout, invitations, program, advertising/public relations and ticket sales.

Time Frame: Ongoing throughout internship.

  1. Event Implementation: On show day, the intern will work with TWH Resource Director, Cottage Shop Store Manager and Communications Manager to ensure that all aspects of the event run smoothly including support for models, volunteer and guest management, registration and overall event flow.

Time Frame: Day of event.

To apply for this internship, please send resumes to Debra Richmond at drichmond@thewomenshome.org.

End of the Year Giving

Dec Year End Giving

The year is drawing to a close, and 2015 marks the beginning of incredible new growth for The Women’s Home, which will allow us to expand our services to include thousands of women and their families in the Spring Branch community. These exciting new developments won’t change the work we continue do here in Montrose with our treatment and transitional program helping Houston women in need rebuild their lives. These expansions, and the intensive support our programs provide, would not be possible without the immense support from all our friends in the community. Your contributions help empower hundreds of women each year to develop healthy whole lives.
As we move into a new year full of potential, we hope you will continue to support The Women’s Home and our mission to help Houston area women in crisis leave behind homelessness, addiction, and mental illness, and embrace the potential within themselves to achieve healthy and whole lives.