Womens Resource of Greater Houston

Rating: 4.93 stars   27 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services, Philanthropy

Location: 730 North Post Oak Road, Suite 204 Houston TX 77024 USA

Mission: The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston provides free financial education and research so that women and girls have the knowledge they need to make sound financial decisions and improve their lives.
Results: Since we were founded in 1990, more than 30,000 Houstonians have completed a class.
Target demographics: Low income women and girls
Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,827 class participants and 194 Project LEAD students.
Geographic areas served: 48 zip codes in Harris and Ft. Bend Counties
Programs: The Women's Resource annually teaches free personal finance classes to 6,000 low income and financially illiterate Houstonians in 38 zip codes. Using the acclaimed FDIC Money Smart and Department of Labor Wi$e Up curricula, we help those outside the financial mainstream enhance their money skills and build financial knowledge and confidence. Now in its ninth year, Project LEAD remains the only research based program for at risk ninth and tenth grade girls that proactively counters the high dropout rate, helps girls avoid financial pitfalls, and teaches life skills. LEAD reaches 200 girls each year and is held onsite at public and charter schools in the Fall and Spring semesters.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I believe in the Women’s Resource of Greater Houston’s mission. They are a great organization providing a valuable service that is much needed. Financial Literacy is vital to an individual’s survival. And all too often is something that is taken for granted by many. By educating young girls and women how to budget and plan for their futures they are setting the path for financial stability. I will continue to support them in many ways through volunteering, donating, and creating awareness every opportunity I have.

Rebeca Rodriguez
Junior Partner

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is one of the most effective and rewarding nonprofit organizations that I've ever had the pleasure of supporting. In addition to volunteering as an instructor, I have the honor of serving on the education committee for the second year in a row. As both a former educator and corporate trainer, I readily recognize and appreciate the value that their services provide to this community on an ongoing basis.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been serving as a Board Member for the Women's Resource of Houston since 2010 and it has been the most empowering and impactful organization that I have ever been involved with. We teach over 4000 women and girls each year, and help them to become strong, self sufficient women. Our organization changes not only our student's lives, but their entire families. I believe that financial literary is a very important tool to help end poverty, and I am proud to be part of an organization that is changing lives in a permanent and meaningful way.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Women's Resource Center provides my adult students with invaluable and lifelong financial education knowledge and skills. FDICMoney Smart courses such as Bank On It, Check It Out, Money Matters, Borrowing Basics, Pay Yourself First, To Your Credit, Charge It Right and Financial Recovery provide pre tests, concepts, practical applications, and post tests. The presenters are punctual, knowledgeable, and eager to educate, equip, and empower.The curriculum is very organized and client - focused. My students look forward to each course. The Women's Resource Center's staff, volunteers,and courses are amazing!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Women's Resource Center is great! They have been providing financial literacy and girl empowerment groups in my high school for the past three years. The facilitator (Fay) does a fabulous job and the girls learn some great tools such as budgeting, importance of saving, etc. I love that they bring in successful business women to speak to the girls about their journey and current business. The guest speakers are always a favorite of the girls.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

If you're looking for an organization to volunteer for, the Women's Resource Center is it. Changes to our global economy start with the individual, but if you don't have the tools to put a plan in motion you're lost before you've begun. WRC is doing this. They are equipping women to manage their resources wisely. As a volunteer I've heard so many poignant stories about the financial struggles that these women face on a day to day basis. I am humbled by and forever changed by this experience. Knowledge is power and we are giving our students power. A worthy cause indeed!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering with this organization in October of 2011. I was looking for an organization that offered financial education classes to promote financial literacy - particularly with women. Danielle, Kelly and LaTanya are phenomenal. They are organized and highly responsive to the communities they serve. These women are passionate about the mission of this organization and tireless in their efforts to promote financial literacy and improve the lives of the women in our community.



Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The organization has been conducting financial classes in the Harris County Jail for female inmates who are incarcerated for 6 months or more. They have been very instrumentsl in educating these women for financial success and dealing with financial problems once released from incarceration. They have been extremely timely in the preparation of their materials and their volunteers are extremely dedicated to the service. The inmates are grateful to have the information about loans, cleaning up bad credit, etc. We count ourselves very lucky that this organization is willing to come into a place where most of these people have been forgotten and give the hope of a future.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have had female inmates who have been released call and tell me the information provided this organizatioin was helpful

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Update the printed materials. In some cases they appear ouitdated.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Women's Resource of Greater Houston (TWR) is an awesome organization, with a world changing mission. I have been a volunteer for this organization for at least three years now and my life has never been the same. TWR is dedicated to empowering women and young girls by teaching them how to properly utilize their finances. (Some classes include men as well.) My experience has been that teaching these students gives them the tools to change from existing to LIVING because they learn to control their finances and not vice versa. TWR makes it so easy to volunteer because they provide a schedule of classes that you can choose from based on your availability, and they provide all the materials. TWR has helped me to grow personally and has a provided a platform whereby I am able to fulfill my passion for teaching and give back to the community. If you want to make a difference in the quality of life for people, TWR is the organization to join.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My Company has donated funds to support TWR and now partners with them in printing teaching materials. Also, the materials they use have sharpened my skills and enables me to help my clients.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire me to work full time.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Women's Resource Center provides financial education to about 4,500 women per year. They also have programs to help teenagers and at-risk girls. They have an impressive volunteer base, a highly professional and dedicated (but small) staff, and they always make their volunteers feel appreciated. They spend their money wisely and are a community model on how a non-profit should be run.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

financial education. I hear great stories all the time. They help an under-served population better their lives by understanding how to manage the limited amount of money they have to live on.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get even more people involved, especially at the Junior Partners level.

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