Individual Volunteers

Lend a helping hand at our Cottage Shop

Do you have an eye for fashion? Do you enjoy sorting, organizing or labeling? We could always use a helping hand from dedicated volunteers in our Cottage Shop! The Cottage Shop is a resale boutique owned and operated by The Women’s Home. The Shop serves as a crucial part of our treatment program as our vocational training site that provides women with employable skills such as merchandising, customer service, etc. As a Cottage Shop volunteer, you will help process the large volume of donated items we receive daily and assist customers on the shop floor. Our volunteers provide support by helping us sort, organize and label the clothing donations we receive. To learn more about becoming a Shop volunteer, please contact our Volunteer and Collaborations Coordinator, Jenna Jackson at 713-328-1964 or jjackson@thewomenshome.org.

Not ready to commit just yet?

If you’re interested in trying out a shift, we offer drop-in volunteer hours on Thursday mornings from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Simply call our Cottage Shop Manager, Cheri Burleson at 713-328-1957, and let her know that you are interested in stopping by during drop-in hours. If you like the work, we can help you apply for a more permanent placement as a Shop volunteer.  We look forward to working with you!

 

Hold a supply drive for clothing, food, or school supplies

Individuals are welcomed and encouraged to host food or school supply drives to help us meet the needs of the residents at our Spring Branch campuses. We always need non-perishable food, diapers, school supplies and cleaning supplies.

 

Provide a meal for our clients

Provide a meal for our Montrose clients! (approx. 50)

 

Be a holiday host

Holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and Mother’s Day can be difficult for our clients and residents, so we try to create as many fun, positive experiences as we can at these times. This is a great opportunity for groups to host a holiday social, game night, or other engaging activity.

 

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Joe Synan Joe has been volunteering with The Women’s Home for many years teaching watercolor painting to our clients. Even COVID didn’t stop him: he just went virtual with his classes! Joe is beloved by our clients and our graduates, who remember him fondly. We are so grateful for his ongoing commitment to bring art and beauty to our clients by sharing his wonderful gifts with us. Thank you so much, Joe! You can see Joe’s artistry here: https://synanart.com/ Annie Chen Volunteer Spotlight: Tunes for Life – Health Musicking Group from Rice University Jiwon Park Tunes for Life was started by Nitin Srinivasan, currently a senior at Rice University. Nitin receives funding from the university to run the program. “Through music therapy, Tunes for Life fosters rewarding and thought-provoking discussions and reflections about music and how it reflects our experiences, emotions, and mental processes,” shared Nitin. “When we are ostracized from our communities, I believe that music provides an avenue to reconnect with human culture and society. Furthermore, by changing our connections and understanding of music, I believe we can change our overall life perspectives, which can be very beneficial in the recovery process.” You can read more about Nitin here: https://www.ricethresher.org/article/2021/03/senior-spotlight-nitin-srinivasan The Women’s Home began collaborating with Tunes for Life in September of 2019. We began classes at the treatment center in January of 2020 with students Annie Chen and Jiwon Park from Tunes for Life. Annie, Jiwon, and Nitin, we are so grateful for you and Tunes for Life! Bel Inizio helps disadvantaged women develop self-confidence and life skills through fitness and nutrition. Participants train to complete a 5K, which helps prepare them for the ultimate race — the race for a better life. The Women’s Home has been partnering with Bel Inizio since 2019. Our clients train with Bel Inizio and then complete the 5k. It’s become an empowering and much-loved event for our clients. Thank you, Bel Inizio! You can learn more about Bel Inizio here: https://www.bel-inizio.org/ Volunteer Spotlight: Nicky Sohn The DACAMERA Young Artist Program is a fellowship program for emerging professional instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers. Thank you, Mary Grace, Nicky, and DACAMERA!
Learn more about Mary Grace here: https://www.dacamera.com/mary-grace-johnson/
Learn more about Nicky here: https://www.nickysohn.com/
Learn more about DACAMERA here: http://www.dacamera.com/
Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Grace Johnson, Nicky Sohn & DACAMERA Young Scholars Program Mary Grace Johnson Mary Grace Johnson is a local violinist working toward her doctoral degree at Rice University. During the pandemic, she held a virtual concert to raise money for The Women’s Home. She also performed a private concert for our clients in October. Nicky Sohn is a local composer working toward her doctoral degree at Rice University. Nicky and Mary Grace are both DACAMERA Young Artist Fellows. In 2021, they are partnering with The Women’s Home to write and perform a piece of music based on the experiences of our clients.
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