From left to right: Karen George, Paula Paust, Mayor Annise Parker, and Larry George
The Women’s Home has been supporting Houston women in crisis since 1957 and as our clients’ needs have grown, we have grown with them. What began as an overnight shelter for women in need has expanded today to a multi-campus organization dedicated to helping women build whole lives and maintain their dignity, integrity and independence through nationally recognized best practices.
In helping women access resources for healthy, complete lives, The Women’s Home has realized a growing need not only to assist the women individually, but to provide direct services for their families as well. Women and children make up the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in our country. A lack of affordable housing and supportive services such as healthcare and daycare is a major contributor to this problem.
That is why The Women’s Home is proud to finally announce our latest expansion project upon reaching 80% of our $27 million capital campaign: a safe, sober, supportive housing facility and a new service center, both just down the street from our Jane Cizik Garden Place complex. The new housing complex will feature 84 two- and three-bedroom apartments for families with limited income. The family complex will have on-site case managers and follow the same management style as our single-bedroom complex, Jane Cizik Garden Place. Additionally, of the 84 units, 40 apartments will be set aside for families who have faced repeated instances of homelessness. Best practices show that providing housing to at-risk families first, along with wraparound care services, helps break the pattern of housing instability.
The WholeLife® Service Center will serve families in our housing communities as well as families in the surrounding neighborhood. We are partnering with other organizations such as Spring Branch Community Health Center which will provide family medicine, pediatric and well women services and work in concert with The Women’s Home to offer substance abuse and mental health services through a Federally Qualified Healthcare Clinic. Other programs provided through the Service Center include:
After-School and Summer Enrichment for Grades K-5 provided by the YMCA:
Fine Arts Room
Indoor Creative Movement/Play Room
Certified Outdoor Classroom
Adult Education and Workforce Development:
Adult Basic Education
GED and ESL Classes
30-User Computer Lab and Smart Board Technology
Job Search Training/Workforce Development
Flexible Classroom Space (for up to 80 persons)
Pregnancy Prevention Classes
Gang/Drug Use Prevention Classes
Relapse Prevention Classes
We’re excited to share this new stage of growth with all of you and appreciate your continued support and involvement as we continue to care for and empower women’s lives.