Leadership Circle

About Leadership Circle

What we’d like to say first and foremost is thank you. Thank you for your continued support of The Women’s Home. Thank you for understanding how important it is to provide resources and a real second chance to women in crisis. Because of you and people like you, many local women are longer on the streets. They are no longer afraid for their life. They are sober and employed and looking at their first real chance at a bright future. Because of you, they are now a productive member of this city.

This year, we ask that you consider becoming a part of our Leadership Circle. This special group of donors provides an annual contribution to The Home, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 and allows our organization to continue providing the vital programs necessary to help rebuild the lives of the Houston area women in our care. This group of major donors assure The Women’s Home of a well-balanced and robust charitable base that will strengthen our ability to serve more women in need. There are few people on this earth who are not touched, in some way, by addiction, mental illness, or abuse. Present or past, immediate family or a friend, a coworker, or spouse. You know someone. Without intervention and support these traumas can lead to homelessness. These issues are multi-layered and they require individualized, multi-layered solutions.

That’s where The Women’s Home comes in. In the 60 years since its founding, The Home has established itself in Houston as a leader in solutions to the problem of homelessness. We have utilized innovative, evolving and proven intervention to provide the lost women of our city a fighting chance. Our WholeLife® program has received accolades nationally for its efficacy.

Because of your unwavering support, there are now two doors for the journey of recovery. Jane Cizik Garden Place apartment community provides housing that is safe and affordable for graduates of our program and others who desire to live in a sober, supportive environment. In addition, our treatment and transitional residential facility in Montrose continues to be a place of acceptance for those weary women who commit to begin anew.

Talk to Debra Richmond, Development Manager to make your year end, tax deductible pledge. It is vital to our work, vital to hope in the lives of so many women who need to envision and be able to achieve transformation.

2015 Contributors



Louise and Vincent Foster

Melissa Roberts

June Waggoner


Edinson Electric LLC/Sofia and Edinson Velasco

Ann and Robert Johnson

Jane and Bill Joplin

Marillyn Lee and Rex King – In memory of Donna King

Karen and Evan Marti

Susan and Thomas V. McMahan

Karen and Joe Redden

Diane and John Riley

Heida Thurlow

Jeanie Kilroy Wilson


Walker and Lisa Barnett

Jesusa Dougherty

Leigh A. Evans

Lotty Gautschi

Karen and Larry George

Irene Liberatos and Michael Westergren

Mary B. McIntire – In honor of Irene Liberatos

Kathryn and Kevin Smith

Laura A. White

Sue Trammell Whitfield


Mary and Brian Arnold

Phyllis O. Ashley

Susan Ann Bailey

Heather Barr

The Bayou Fund/Avon Duson – In honor of Sarah Nesbitt

Paige and Saul Ben-Yaacov

Marie Bosarge

Charlene Carroll

Elaine M. Chaney

Donna F. Cole

Bobbie and Miles Colley

Almeria T. Cottingham

Kelly Dehay and Rod Danielson

Bronze (cont.)

Laura Woodard Devinney and Robert B. Devinney – In memory of Barbara and Grant Woodard

Bob Dyer

Ellen and Tim Eudy

Jane and Michael Evans/Evans Family Charitable Fund

David Forson

Barbara and Larry Fraser

Barbara J. Gibbs

James Gilligan

The Douglas Grymes Charitable Foundation

Lynda J. Hancock

Laura Henderson and Ty Buthod

Mollie and Leighton Hill – In memory of Reba Michels Hill, MD

Virginia and John Joiner

Carolyn J. Keating

John W. Kemper – In honor of Brenda White

Elizabeth and Albert Kidd

Mary Lynch and Scott Enger

Julianne Mahler

Kristen and Steve McDaniel

Laura and Bradley McWilliams

Susan R. Morrison

Chau Nguyen

Marilee and Charles O’Connell

Becky and Ralph O’Connor

Paula and Jordan Paust

Brenda Peters-Chase and John Chase, Jr.

Jackie L. Phillips

J’Anne and Jeff Rawson

Jo Reid

Carolyn K. Rich – In honor of The Women’s Home Staff

Carol Lee and Kenneth Robertson

Barbara and Mike Staley

Dr. Bette Ann Stead

Marcia Tapp

Paul B. & Frances Lenora Terry, Jr. Family Foundation

Elaine Turner

Nancy and George Van Os

Kay and J.D. Walther

Brenda Garrison White and James O. White

Judy Winograd

Paula Paust Leadership Update

In this annual update, I want to share with you the exciting and bold growth that The Women’s Home is experiencing. Changes in the needs of the community around us require that we usher in a new era of programming and services. This does not mean, however, that we have strayed from our mission of assisting women from crisis to self-sufficiency. Rather, that we expand our services to embrace our philosophy of WholeLife© by including services that are not readily available for those we serve.

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The Women’s Home Conversations With…Luncheon

Board Member & Leadership Circle Volunteer Laura McWilliams and friend at the Conversations With…Elaine Turner Luncheon

Friday, October 16, 2015, nearly sixty guests gathered in the Remo Room at Tony’s for a private luncheon event in partnership with Morton’s Auction House and generously underwritten by Board Member and Leadership Circle Volunteer Laura McWilliams. The Women’s Home Conversations With…Luncheon featuring Elaine Turner of Elaine Turner Designs gave guests the opportunity to meet and hear the story of the stylish and engaging Elaine Turner but also learn more about The Home’s mission to serve women in crisis throughout the Houston area.

Featured luncheon guest and new Leadership Circle member Elaine Turner

Elaine, who was also honored this past year by
The Women’s Home at our annual WholeLife® luncheon for her dedication to giving back, spoke candidly and passionately about family, business and her relentless commitment to charity.

Varda Dror and Friend at the luncheon
Gina Lee and Marie Bosarge

The Sugar Land native and University of Texas Graduate spoke about meeting her husband and business partner Jim Turner in New York City, raising a daughter with autism, and how seeing her mother survive breast cancer were all significant turning points in both her professional and personal her life. In 2014, her stores hosted more than 300 charity events, raising more than 100,000 dollars!  Turner says fashion gave her a platform to be able to do this.
Elaine also shared her enthusiasm for The Women’s Home, even recently shooting part of her YouTube reality show with the home. She spoke about how touched she was getting to know one of our clients and the makeover episode they were filming. This episode airs in November 2015!

Barbara Fraser and Virginia Joiner

Elaine Turner’s focus on philanthropy embodies the exemplary qualities we appreciate in all our friends and supporters. At the end of the luncheon Elaine pledged as our newest Leadership Circle member and
urged all in the room to do the same!