About our Family Supportive Housing Community and WholeLife Service Center
Women and their families are one of the most at-risk populations for homelessness in our community. Imagine a housing community and service center that provide the needed support for these families to not only survive, but thrive.
Snapshot of Services
- Affordable and accessible primary health care services
- Family and individual therapy and counseling
- After-school and summer enrichment programming for children
- Basic adult education
- Workforce development and job skills training
- Coordinated outdoor play therapy
Our first partner, Spring Branch Community Health Center, will open a fourth clinic at the center, which will provide family medicine, pediatric and well woman services. Working in concert with The Women’s Home, the clinic will offer substance abuse and mental health services alongside other programs. Individual, group and family counseling services will also be offered. Behavioral health education will be among the vital services in this community wellness clinic.
The Center will offer after-school enrichment programs, with creative learning focused on teaching language and mathematics skills and vital tutoring services. In collaboration with the YMCA, both after- school and summer school services K-5 will be featured. Also, children will be able to attend creative movement classes, music, art and much, much more. In addition to serving families throughout the Spring Branch Community, The WholeLife® Service Center is developing a special relationship with Treasure Forest Elementary School. Located across the street from the center, students from Treasure Forest Elementary will receive access to after-school and health services.
Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM), another local collaborative partner, will provide both adult education and job skills training/counseling. Adults will be able to attend English as a second language classes, GED courses and continuing education classes at the center. An adjustable classroom space will have a capacity for up to 80 people at a time. The WholeLife® Service Center will also provide a 30-user computer lab that clients can use for job searches, online coursework and other needs.
Our WholeLife Service Center will also include a 14,000 Square foot Certified Outdoor Classroom. Access to interactive green spaces enriches children’s mental and physical well- being and encourages social and intellectual development. This outdoor space is designed and certified by Nature Explore, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing children’s lives through research-based outdoor classroom design services, educator workshops, and natural products. Nature Explore has designed outdoor classrooms and trained educators across the country, and The Women’s Home is excited to bring this level of outdoor services to our WholeLife Service Center. Activities will be directed by certified counselors and volunteers coordinated by Depelchin and the YMCA.
Our Nature Explore Classroom will be in the courtyard of the WholeLife Service Center and feature gathering areas, a nature art station, a building project station, a messy materials space, a garden pathway, a music and movement station and open space for free play and activities
The Housing Intitiative – 100% funded, construction underway
7625 Hammerly – see construction photo gallery on this page
The Women’s Home is building a 84 unit supportive housing complex to serve vulnerable members of the Houston community. The apartment community will have two on-site case service managers and will follow the same organization style as our single bedroom apartment complex, Jane Cizik Garden Place. The on-site case managers will be trained in supporting families and recognizing signs of trauma or abuse in children in order to intervene early and to refer those in need of treatment to the WholeLife® Service Center for care.
Additionally, 40 of the apartments will be set aside for families who have faced repeated instances of homelessness. The complex will feature a secure courtyard with open spaces and a fenced-in playground for the younger children to play, as well as a community space for residents to hold meetings and host family events.
Safety and security of the complex will be paramount with a secure campus and LEED certified buildings.
Located in Spring Branch, these new facilities will help transform the lives of those we serve, providing hope through the services and tools they need to heal and grow. You can read more details about these new facilities in the Special Groundbreaking Edition of our newsletter.
We began the $27 million capital initiative to build these life changing facilities at the end of 2013. By the end of 2016, we will throw the doors open to our neighbors in need. Today we have reached the 99% mark of our goal and we need your help to close the gap.