The growing efforts of The Women’s Home are all tied together by our comprehensive and very effective WholeLife? model, which addresses the emotional / mental, physical, social, spiritual, vocational, and financial wellness of our clients and residents.
Of course, there are many aspects to social wellness, but some of the more fun and exciting happenings for our residents come as they attend various community theater and arts events. Says Crystal, a recent graduate of The Home, “The generosity of donors that allowed us to go to cultural events was incredible. It helped us to appreciate social settings and interact in true life situations again.”
One such outing will be over Memorial Day weekend, at the annual Dancin’ in the Street…Motown and more at Miller Outdoor Theatre. A holiday tradition for many Houstonians and tourists, this soul-stirring revue has been a staple in the Miller Outdoor Theatre production season for over 18 years. Dancin’ in the Street features many of Houston’s most talented vocalists and dancers, accompanied by the Bacement Soul Orchestra.
This year, The Cottage Shop staff worked with the producers of the exciting production by providing costuming for the sets of classic Motown hits. Brilliant gowns and accessories from The Shop will be featured in many of the finger-popping numbers. In exchange, the residents will be treated to great seats, down front and ushered in like VIP’s. The Women’s Home will be listed as one of the main sponsors for the event, giving the agency exposure to an enormous group of fun-loving, community-minded, soulful Houstonians.
Another partnership is with the Alley Theatre and their community outreach brnch called AlleyWays. Incredible and deeply discounted group ticket purchases have allowed our residents to be front and center every year for A Christmas Carol, often with enough tickets to include family guests. There is always another performance where staff accompanies our lucky ladies to see some of Houston’s finest theatre. Just as a note, the outreach will be suspended while the Alley undergoes exciting and inviting renovations for the 2014-2015 season.
And we can’t forget TUTS and their generous invitations to see first-rate musicals that leave our residents glowing. Performances of Man of La Mancha, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Meet Me in St. Louis have all been part of the broad selection.