Spiritual Wellness Component of WholeLife Program Receives Support from Spiritual Community

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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.

An integral part of the WholeLife program is the Spiritual wellness of our clients/residents. Aided by volunteers trained as spiritual companions, clients of The Women’s Home are invited to explore their spiritually. Through faith discussions, daily prayer and participation in a non-denominational religious community, many women commit to continued spiritual growth and find the inner peace and strength that aids in rehabilitation.

Over the years, The Women’s Home has been blessed to have the support (spiritually, financially and via volunteerism) from many local churches. Their selfless outreach provides the clients in our Treatment and Transitional program and the residents living in our permanent supportive housing complex (Jane Cizik Garden Place) with the opportunity to explore a new or renewed spiritual path. In many cases, this is the missing piece that helps our clients and residents commit fully to a productive and meaningful life.

Two Shining Examples of Spiritual Partners

The spiritual community in Houston has been with us since the beginning, and were we to thank all of the individuals and congregations that have made a difference over the years, we would need space in dozens of newsletters to do so! We send out a big, heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all of our spiritual volunteers and financial donors. You are so very appreciated and we hope you realize the significant difference you have made in the lives of so many.

We would like to take this opportunity to highlight two of the many wonderful churches that have made a difference this year:

Chapelwood United Methodist Church

Chapelwood United Methodist Church has been a proud supporter of The Women’s Home for over a decade. On March 13 of this year, we received word from Executive Director of the Chapelwood Foundation, Teresa Cannon, that CUMC would once again be donating in fiscal year 2014. The donation amount will be $5,000. Chapelwood also asked that we pass on volunteer opportunities to their congregation, so that their members can have first-hand involvement with The Women’s Home.

“CUMC is funding your ministry because we believe that we are all called to embody God’s grace as we have received it to those who are in need,” Cannon wrote. “We believe we are called to be conduits of blessings – not just containers – and are honored to partner with you in the important work you are doing in our community.”

We are so grateful to Chapelwood for not only their financial donation, but also for the future volunteers that will help us to continue our mission.

Terrace United Methodist Church

The Women’s Home’s WholeLife program extends to our permanent supportive housing as well, and for the past two years, the congregation at Terrace United Methodist Church on Wirt Road has been a source of hope and inspiration to our Jane Cizik Garden Place (JCGP) residents. Terrace United hosts a monthly fellowship activity with our residents at JCGP and they also provide transportation to and from their church services on Sunday mornings. In addition, transportation is provided to JCGP residents attending AA and NA meetings in the Spring Branch area.

“The ministry team that interacts with the residents at Jane Cizik has had so many positive experiences, seeing first-hand how the women who live there are workng and progressing, determined to live independently and successfully,” said Assistant Pastor, Tammy Heinrich. “Likewise, several residents have formally joined our congregation and are faithful participants in the ministries of our church.”

With volunteers and community partners like this, our women are given the best chance possible at a joyful, successful life. Again, we thank all who have been involved in promoting the spiritual growth of our clients and residents over the years. Your participation is invaluable.

We’d like to take a moment to acknowledge additional financial donors from 2012-2014:

Canvas Church Houston

Manson B. Johnson Ministries, Inc.

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church

Pines Presbyterian Church

Plymouth United Church U.C.C

Spring Woods United Methodist Church

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

St. Peter’s United Methodist Church

St. Philip Presbyterian Church

If you or your spiritual organization would like to help The Women’s Home by volunteering and/or providing a financial donation, feel free to contact Chief Development Officer Julie Comiskey at 713-328-1975 or jcomiskey@thewomenshome.org. We look forward to partnering with you in the near future!