The primary goal of the Women’s Empowerment Group is to prevent isolation by getting women and children out of their homes and into their new community.
Meetings are held weekly in 12-week cycles, with breaks during school holidays. Each meeting includes a healthy lunch and features a speaker to address topics based on the needs and interests of women in the group. Past presentations have included:
- Supporting Your Child’s Education (presented by the School Impact Program—Catholic Charities)
- Diabetes (presented by the American Diabetes Association)
- Your Local Libraries (presented by Houston Libraries)
- Domestic Abuse and Where to Find Help (presented by DAYA)
- Cottage Food Industry Laws in Texas (presented by Brigitte Zabak, entrepreneur and owner of Yalla Sweets)
- Music and Personal Stories (presented by Arabic-speaking violinist Jenna Barghouti and her colleague, Lindsey Baggett; Houston Symphony)
- Technology Use and Abuse Among Youth (presented by Dr. Crystall Collier, Former Director of the Behavioral Health Institute & The Choices Prevention Program at The Council on Recovery)
- Breast Cancer Awareness (presented by Planned Parenthood)
- Know Your Rights (presented by the ACLU)
- Crisis Intervention (presented by Alliance for Compassion and Tolerance)
A dedicated team of volunteers cares for preschool children during the meetings, with fun, age-appropriate activities and crafts related to the American calendar. Meetings are currently translated into Arabic. An Afghan focused group is beginning in Fall 2019.
For refugee women, the group is a safe, welcoming place to share knowledge and develop lasting friendships.