What is Brown Bag?

Michael Pearce

Michael Pearce, one of our January Brown bag speakers

Having healthy connections to resources and role models in our community is an important aspect of our WholeLife Program. In our treatment and transitional housing program we foster community involvement with our residents every Friday through our Brown Bag Luncheons. Fridays at noon, our treatment and transitional housing residents bring their sack lunches and gather in the upstairs conference room of our 607 Westheimer office to hear presentations by different speakers each week. Our wide variety of speakers vary from individuals who have valuable insights or resources for our clients, to organizations providing important information on subjects such as physical wellness, job interview skills, or credit management.

One of our recurring speakers is The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resilience whose representatives talk on a variety of health, nutrition and wellness subjects. One of our January speakers, Michael Pearce, an attorney with Schlumberger, shared struggles and triumphs from his own life covering dealing with recovery from alcoholism as well as his struggles with body image and coming to terms with his sexuality. In February, Lisa Feronda talked about how running became a form of therapy for her and that leaving her position as a news anchor for channel 11 helped her find her purpose with her current work at Legacy Community Health Services. In April one of our speakers, Pierre Silvy shared insights he’s gained about customer service after over 50 years working in the hair salon industry.

The Women’s Home is always looking for insightful, engaging and empathetic speakers for our Brown Bag lunches. If you are interested or know someone who would be a good fit, please contact our Volunteer & Collaborations Coordinator Jenna Jackson at jjackson@thewomenshome.org or 713-568-1356 for more information.