Partnership with Harris County Public Library

We are currently forming a partnership with the Harris County Public Library (HCPL) to bring a mobile library and educational literacy programs to our Mabee WholeLife® Service Center. As part of our initial efforts, we held an after-school story time and book give-away on March 27, 2018. HCPL brought science-related activities for the kids, read stories, and entertained with one of their costumed mascots “Owlbatron.” They also brought the Curiosity Cruiser—a mobile library where the children were able to choose six free, brand-new books to take home to start their own personal libraries.  

We’re excited about this new partnership and look forward to what’s to come! 

Mabee WholeLife® Service Center Hard Hat Tour

On Thursday, June 15, 2017, nearly 40 supporters of The Women’s Home gathered for an exclusive first look at the Mabee WholeLife® Service Center, The Home’s newest initiative to help local families grow and thrive.  Those who attended the Hard Hat Tour experienced firsthand all the amenities the Center will provide to residents of the surrounding neighborhood including those in residence at Adele and Ber Pieper Family Place and Jane Cizik Garden Place.  Guests had the opportunity to sign one of the building’s support beams and become part of the building itself.
Special guests in attendance were:


Tom McCasland, Director, City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department

 Melody Barr, Deputy Assistant Director, Public Services/Public Facilities at City of Houston-Housing and Community Development

Andrea Smith, Financial Analyst, City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department

Kathryn Turner, Loan Officer, Central Region, Corporation for Supportive Housing

Yasmin Huebinger, Vice President, Capital One, N.A.

Judge Steven Kirkland, Harris County 334th Civil Court and Board member of WholeLife Services, Inc.  

Jo Lightsey and Linda Whatley of the Old Spring Branch Civic Association

The dedication of the Mabee WholeLife® Service Center will be in early 2018.  For more information on how you can support the Center and help build whole lives, please contact Bethany Fields at

View all the photos from the Hard Hat Tour.

Learn more about our Mabee WholeLife® Service Center.


The Home Wins 2017 Houston Business Journal Landmark Award


The Women’s Home is proud to have won the 2017 Houston Business Journal Landmark Award in the area of Community Impact for our Adele and Ber Pieper Family Place Apartments complex. The awards recognize outstanding real estate projects completed in the greater Houston area between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Finalists and the winners of all categories were announced and awarded on stage in front of the key building blocks in the commercial real estate community.  The ceremony, held on April 20th, recognized commercial real estate projects and developments that create the foundation of the Houston landscape, as well as honor the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Winner, Edna Meyer-Nelson, president & CEO of The Richland Companies. We are greatly honored!

Landmark award

Triumph Luncheon Wrap-Up

Our first ever Triumph luncheon was held on Friday, November 18 at the Royal Sonesta and indeed was a triumph!  520 guests dined on a tasty fall meal in the great company of the many friends and supporters who turned out to celebrate the mission of The Women’s Home, pay tribute to our distinguished honorees and be mesmerized by the keynote speaker, Amanda Lindhout.  Most importantly, those in attendance raised a record-breaking $357,000 to forward the work of their beloved organization.  Highlights included a stunning solo by singer Kenneth Gayle, a moving and funny speech by Lifetime Achievement honorée, Diane Riley and the beautiful story of survival and forgiveness delivered by Amanda Lindhout.

In addition to Diane, other honorees included, Bank of America represented by David Ruiz for corporate community support; long-time board member, Jackie Phillips for leadership; and Ashley Brown Ruiz for program excellence.  Each received a stunning glass award as they took to the stage for their ovations.

Kudos to chairs Donae Chramosta, Kristen McDaniel, Karen Redden and Jo Reid for a beautifully choreographed event from start to finish.  Each gave their special touch to the event and drove home a grand success.

Although every single gift made this success possible, please refer to the listing below for recognition of underwriters for the event.


The Riley Family

John and Diane / Tom and Lizabeth / Pat and Bea /

Beth and Marcus St. Raymond


Admiral Transfer & Rigging, Inc.

Joan Amoroso / Adele Pieper

Bank of America

Dr. Brené Brown

Anne S. and Albert Chao

John P. McGovern Foundation

John Riley’s Saturday Morning Golf Group

Fay and Salim Zakhem


Peg Austin / Gerry Ordway

Cathay Bank

The Robert and Jane Cizik Foundation

Kristen McDaniel

Trini Mendenhall

Northern Trust

Jackie Phillips

Post Oak Bank

Regina and David Sheil

Lisa Stewart

Marcia Tapp in memory of Katie Chaney


Mary S. Axelrad

Baker Hughes Foundation

Lisa and Walker Barnett

Donae and Rob Chramosta – The Vintage Contessa

Cindy de Moya / Laurie Gutierrez / Kay Walther

Jim Drew

Diane’s Bosom Buddies

Friends of Diane Riley

Karen and Larry George

Mandy Kao / Dr. Sippi Khurana

Jen and JC Kneale

Irene Liberatos and Michael Westergren

Linda Lewis

Christine S. Lukens

J’Anne Rawson

Karen Kash and Joe W. Redden, Jr.

Jo Reid

Darlene Walker and Reagan Redman

Deborah Bay and Edgar Browning

Rachael Volz / A Fare Extraordinaire

Mickie Winborn

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Adele and Ber Pieper Family Place – Now Open!

Peiper Family Place 2

In response to the need for an affordable environment in which families can thrive, The Women’s Home has completed the first phase of a two part capital project to further develop a unique community for women and their families. Opened on October 1, 2016, Adele and Ber Pieper Family Place, our $15.7 million permanent supportive housing complex is LEED certified, with 80 two- bedroom and 4 three-bedroom, unfurnished apartments. Residents have access to laundry facilities, community meeting space, and an outdoor barbecue and play area. The housing facility is located on 2.3 acres of land at the corner of Jacquelyn Street and Hammerly Boulevard, within walking distance to Jane Cizik Garden Place and our soon to be complete Mabee WholeLife® Service Center, an elementary school, a bus line, shopping centers, medical care, and employment opportunities. Two full time case managers are on-site to assist vulnerable families towards stability and success.

Peiper Family Place 3

This incredible facility has opened its doors devoting 40 of the apartment homes to those families who have faced chronic homelessness. These families have been accepted from area shelters to a home of their own. Since the fastest growing segment of homeless are single women with children, programs and services will be provided that erase their vulnerability and vastly improve their futures.

We are proud of this complex and the community we will be building there. Were it not for the generous donors listed below, our reach to assist women and their families would not be possible.

We would like to Thank our Generous Donors:

$1,000,000 and Above
City of Houston Housing and Community Development
$500,000 – $999,999
Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas
$200,000 – $499,999
The Joyce Family Foundation
The Charles and Melissa Davis Foundation
Becky G. and Ralph S. O’Connor
The Clayton Fund
Susan G. and James A. Baker, III
Leigh Evans
Judy and Tony Gilbert
J’Anne and Jeff Rawson
Bette Ann Stead
Karen and Evan Marti
Susan and Thomas McMahan

Adele and Ber Pieper Family Place was made possible in part by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Housing Tax Credit Program,
Hudson Housing Capital, Amegy Bank of Texas, and Covenant Community Capital.

Fluor Day of Caring

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On Saturday, September 24, more than 30 employees and family members of Fluor volunteered at The Women’s Home as part of the Fluor Cares initiative. The Fluor Day of Caring included prepping and painting The Home’s large classroom and 2 bathrooms in the Life Learning Center at the 811 campus and assisted with sorting clothing for The Cottage Shop.
Not only did Fluor Cares provide the man power to accomplish the project, but they also donated the supplies to improve the learning and healing environment for our clients.
Thank you to Fluor Cares for volunteering to make our campus more beautiful and our Cottage Shop even more successful!

For more information on volunteering in The Cottage Shop, please email Cheri Barton at

Texas Women Rainmakers


On Friday, August 26, the Texas Women Rainmakers met in Houston for their annual conference.

The Rainmakers are a group of female lawyers from across Texas dedicated to “helping women lawyers be better rainmakers and succeed in their careers.” As part of their conference, they asked Debra Richmond, staff of The Home to attend and speak about the work being done to help women build whole lives. In gratitude for The Home’s attendance, the Rainmakers asked conference attendees to bring sheet and towel sets for the 40 apartments set to house the chronically homeless at the Adele and Ber Pieper Family Place starting in October.
Hearing about the work The Home does inspired the Rainmakers to donate 13 sets of sheets, 6 towel sets, and over $3,100!

Thank you to the Texas Women Rainmakers for helping to make our mission possible!