In 2015, The Women’s Home began developing a supportive family housing complex and WholeLife® Service Center to transform the lives of families in need in the Spring Branch Community. The apartment complex’s construction is already underway, but we still need help funding construction of our WholeLife Service center, which will provide health, enrichment, and educational services to the community.
Access to interactive green spaces enriches children’s mental and physical well being and encourages social and intellectual development. Our WholeLife Service Center will include a 14,000 Square foot Certified Outdoor Classroom for exactly these reasons. 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.
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.
Our goal over this special 72 hour online campaign is to raise $30,000 dedicated to the construction of our Certified Outdoor Classroom. Your tax-deductible contribution will help transform the lives of your community neighbors in need.
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.
The Women’s Home is building an 84 unit supportive housing community and WholeLife® Service Center precisely to serve these 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.
Our first partner, Spring Branch Community Health Center, will open a 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.
The WholeLife® Service Center will offer after-school programs, with homework help and creative learning focused on teaching language and mathematics skills by putting on plays and engaging in number games. The center will also partner with the YMCA to offer summer school services for kindergarten through fifth grade, including lunches provided by the Spring Branch Independent School District. Children will be able to attend daycare services with creative movement classes such as dance and older students will have classes in tai chi and karate. In addition to serving families throughout the Spring Branch Community, The WholeLife® Service Center is developing a special relationship with Treasure Forest Elementary School in particular. Located across the street from the center, students from Treasure Forest Elementary will receive access to after-school and health services.
Memorial Assistance Ministries, 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.
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. 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 2014. Today we have reached the 98% mark of our goal and we need your help to close the gap.