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Causes: Children & Youth, Financial Counseling, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Philanthropy, Private Independent Foundations, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston helps women and girls make choices towards becoming independent, productive and stable.

Results: The Women’s Resource is one of the leading providers of free financial education in the Houston area and is the only with a focus on educating low income women and girls.

Target demographics: Low income women and girls

Direct beneficiaries per year: 6920 class participants and 250 Project LEAD students.

Geographic areas served: 48 zip codes in Harris and Ft. Bend Counties

Programs: We fulfill our mission by offering YourLife Finance Classes that teach women, and families about banking, saving, budgeting, credit management, and investment planning. We also offer financial coaching through YourLife Possibility Groups to guide and support former class participants as they change their financial attitudes and behaviors. We believe these valuable life lessons are best learned young and RISE! was created to address this need as early as possible in a young woman’s life. RISE! (Your road to independence, success and empowerment), is the only program in Houston for high school girls that combines the life skills training necessary for leadership and professional success with the financial education that is critical for personal success.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Dedra M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.



Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Jennifer L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women’s Resource is a phenomenal organization! They truly are making an impact on so many individuals’ lives in the Houston area.

In 2010, my company partner with TWR to conduct the first Future Leader’s Forum for Young Women. This was a one day leadership conference, held at a local college, which empowered girls in grades 9th-12th. We had 100 girls participate in the event from all over Houston and the surrounding areas. We assigned seats at the tables with students from different schools in order to promote and encourage networking. Our keynote speaker was Josh Shipp, also known as the “Dr. Phil for teens”. In addition, we conducted a speed networking session and played Financial Jeopardy. The feedback from the students was amazing! I get emails almost daily asking when the next event is going to be scheduled.

The staff at The Women’s Resource is passionate about their role. They care about the clients they serve and in effect make a difference in our communities.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

TWR is on the front lines of the raging economic crisis in our country, teaching women, men and families the fundamental skills of financial literacy in an unbiased manner. Approximately 90% of women will have sole responsibility for their finances at some point in their lives, and are disportionately responsible for raising young children who also need to be taught these skills.

In addition, TWR has teamed with local universities and high schools for a mentoring project with at risk high school girls to teach them the fundamentals of personal leadership, saving and goal setting and discipline.

TWR is rapidly expanding its services, is fueled by an army of dedicated volunteers and exercises incredible financial discipline (you must practice what you preach, after all).

For everyone who has shaken their head, wondering how we got into our current financial crisis, I urge you to support the honest and energetic work of TWR.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a financial advisor, I know the importance of financial literacy. However, not everyone has the luxury of having a financial advisor. Sometimes those who need help the most, can't access it. That's why I'm so passionate about being a volunteer and board member of The Women's Resource of Greater Houston. The Women's Resource teaches free personal finance classes to women, children (and sometimes even men) in the greater Houston area. As a volunteer, I teach classes on basic financial tools that everyone needs to succeed in life!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at The Women's Resource of Greater Houston since the summer of 2010. I can honestly say that I am extremely proud to work for such a wonderful organization. During my time as a volunteer, I have witnessed the full scope of the incredible services that the Women's Resource provides to the community. As the social media intern, I help publicize different events and classes that are taking place. Although the primary goal of this organization is to provide financial education to women, their achievements far surpass this intended purpose.
While filming a class for social media purposes, I had the opportunity to see the incredible interaction between the teachers and those taking the class. It was really heartwarming to watch the effectiveness of the volunteers and to see how the students took advice to heart and changed their spending habits. To me, The Women's Resource is a powerhouse of financial education, yes, but is also a source of empowerment for women. The quality of financial education this non-profit provides allows females of all different ages all across Houston to truly become independent, develop new goals, and reach those goals.
In addition to financial education classes, The Women's Resource also developed Project LEAD to help younger girls still in high school to develop these skills before adulthood. This program contributes to the welfare and future of these girls. I am thoroughly impressed by what I've seen of The Women's Resource in my time as a volunteer, and know that the future is just as promising.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston is an organization that is all about proven results to providing financial stability to women and girls in the local Houston area. Both the Board members and volunteers are active and passionate about making a difference. For 20years the TWR has provided financial education to over 14,000 individuals, published 13 significant research papers and awarded over $800,000 in grants to 80 agencies and programs benefiting women & girls. I am proud to serve as a board member of the Women’s Resource of Greater Houston.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Resource of Greater Houston (TWR) has a mission of helping women and children develop social, financial and personal skills through education and experience. Primary tools are financial education seminars offered broadly throughout the Houston area, Project LEAD (Leadership, Education and Development for "at risk" high school girls) and funding of studies on critical issues important to women, children and families.

The reach of TWR in the Houston area is huge. By aggressively seeking new venues for the financial education seminars, recruting new volunteers and providing a package of materials for each class, TWR has become a major provider of financial education and leadership for women and girls in the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am busy like every other working mother but I wouldnt trade my time teaching at NAM for anything. My stresses and problems are put into perspective when I teach the ladies (and sometimes men) about money. I know they have worked hard all day and had to juggle with kids to get to the class by 7pm. I know they are tired and probably scared about how they will "make ends meet". I try to identify with them through my past experiences and get them excited about getting out of debt and controling their budget and not letting the money/debt control them. Jesus said to love your neighbor, and they are my neighbors.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i came across this great organization before I relocated back to Houston. I had developed a passion for teaching financial literacy to the community over the past 11 years that I was away. Once I went to volunteer orientation I need this was the right organization for me to work with. I have done 4 presentations so far in my short time as a volunteer and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. The people that I have presented to have truly been a blessing in my life as I hope I hope I have been in theirs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. They recruit volunteers and let them teach financial literacy classes to disadvantageous women in the greater Houston area. I've taught in two of their locations. Organizers of this organization is thoughtful, friendly and intelligent. It was a bless working with them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Women's Resource of Greater Houston is a visionary nonprofit striving to help young girls, women, and their families be financially smarter, healthier and empowered. TWR offers maximum leverage of anyone's investment because of their model of service - extensive use of volunteers to deliver financial education and coaching under the coordination and leadership of a lean and effective staff. TWR also offers a great community service by investing in important research on the topics of financial education, women's giving patterns and related issues. LISC is proud to partner with TWR on the first two Financial Opportunity Centers in Houston - collaborative efforts working to help families leave poverty and achieve financial empowerment through education and coordinated services. The Women's Resource IS a Great Nonprofit!