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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to teach a financial literacy class. The class was held for individuals who were struggling to pay their electricity bill. If they attended the class, they would qualify for a voucher for a months payment.