Houston Forward Times

11 June 2014 Written by  Tyrone Willis

Houston Buzz

 Building Better Lives

The Women’s Home is celebrating over 55 years of service to Houston women. The Women’s Home has provided women in crisis the opportunity to rebuild their lives through its unique long-term residential program. Their mission is to help women in crisis regain their self-esteem and dignity, empowering them to return to society as productive, self-sufficient individuals. The Women’s Home implements the Whole Life Program that has a great success rate of nearly 865 of the women who participate in the program for six months or longer will leave with income and a safe place to live. This non-profit United Way Agency program has six areas of wellness: emotional/mental, financial, physical, betterlives2social, spiritual and vocational. Each key to success is cultivated through psychological and medical assessments, professional counseling and volunteer services.

The Women’s Home is one of 15 agencies across the nation, and the only one in Texas invited by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) to participate in an elite national work-group charged with identifying best practices in providing sober housing and treatment for women who are homeless. Hopefully, The Women’s Home can increase the number of women they serve, and to meet the changing needs of the community through the Whole Life Model.

Plenty of buzz on June 6, 2014 at 11:30 a.m., at the Houstonian Hotel, Lester & Sue Smith Luncheon Series welcomed the beautiful Gabrielle Bernstein to Houston. Lunch attendees included Houston socialite Philamena Baird, City of Houston Council Member Brenda Stardig, Fox 26 News anchor Rita Garcia, & Nata Koerber were among many who filled the capacity room while Host of Great Day Houston Debra Duncan served as programs emcee. Both Nantasha Jones & New York Times Best Selling Author Gabrielle Bernstein gave inspiring messages to anyone dealing with an addiction and that it’s never too late to change but, one must be willing. If you would like to support this organization, you can donate, volunteer, donate items to the Cottage Shop, or attend/support events. They can be reached at (713) 521 – 3150.

It’s Lemonade Day…

Lemonade Day Houston celebrated their Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards Program at Jones Hall on June 3, 2014. The keynote speaker of Lemonade Day Houston Excellence Awards Progralemonadeday1m included entrepreneur & noted author Gary Vaynerchuk, Frank Tsuru served as the Honorary Event Chair & recognized Comcast Business’ Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Winners: Masroor Fatany – (Houston Regional Winner), Sears Garage Doors of Houston, Beth Haire – (Houston Regional Winner), Spa La Paws, Yash Semlani – (Youth Award), & John B. Walker – (EnerVest, Ltd.). Lemonade Day Houston’s motto is to empower today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. Lemonade Day Houston has grown from 2,700 kids in one city to over 150,000 kids in 36 cities across America and Canada. Each year, National Lemonade Day is observed on the first Sunday in May, when youth around the country take to the streets of their communities to open their Lemonade stands, and put the business skills they have learned into practice.

Lemonade Day Houston is a free, fun experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start their business by way of a lemonade stand. The goal of Lemonade Day is to give children of all socio-economic backgrounds, in all neighborhoods, the opportunity to start their own business and learn how to make money where they are encouraged to spend a little, save a little and share a little. Young aspiring entrepreneurs benefit from a strategic 14-step process that walks them from a dream of owning and operating their own business plan. The youth are encouraged to work hard and make a profit. They learn how to spend as well as how to save wisely. They are also encouraged to share by giving back to their communities. For more information about Lemonade Day Houston, call 281.565.1068 or visit their website www.houston.lemonadeday.org.