Imagine a world where abused and neglected children and youth get the support, services, care and love needed to recover and thrive in life. Like a guardian angel, the Women of Hope formed in 2011 and have raised more than $600,000 through annual membership dues, fundraisers and other gifts to benefit the SAFE Children’s Shelter in Austin. SAFE is a human service agency in Austin serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence.
With a mission to make the world a better place for abused and neglected children and youth served at the SAFE Children’s Shelter, the Women of Hope fulfill their mission through networking and building friendships, service and issue awareness and advocacy. Their donations directly benefit the SAFE Children’s Shelter programs.
Founded on Friendship
Founded by four friends wanting to make a difference, the Women of Hope foster a fun, no pressure way to give back to the community of Austin and meet other like-minded, generous women. Throughout the year, the Women of Hope host several opportunities for social gatherings — like the annual Founder’s Retreat where members can network, build friendships and sometimes raise even more money through third-party fundraisers. Members also stay connected through the Women of Hope newsletter and the Women of Hope Facebook page.
How They Give Back
Women of Hope members are invited to participate in activities that directly support housing and healing programs at SAFE. Activities include:
- Cooking classes at SAFE for the older youth and young adult residents
- Decking and un-decking the shelter – holiday decorations in each SAFE building and residential housing cottage
- Volunteering at the annual Touch-a-Truck event
Each Women of Hope member makes a gift of at least $1,000 for their annual membership dues. The collective membership due funds are then donated to one of SAFE’s residential programs such as family counseling programs.. Become a member of Women of Hope.
2019 WOMEN OF HOPE FOUNDERS: JADE AUSLEY, REBECCA AUSTEN, MINDY BAKKER, ANN BENOLKEN, SHELLI BLACKBURN, YVETTE BOATWRIGHT, PAULA BOON, KELLI BROWN, TAVIA CONKLING, DEBORAH CORBIN, CARLA GEORGE, RONDA GRAY, DEBI HAMILTON, REBECCA HARDEMAN, MICHELLE LONG HELD, SHANNON HUTCHESON, ANNA JOHNSON, BRENDA LANGFORD, BRIGID LESTER, MELODY McCAIG, LAURIE McNEVIN, AMY MILLS, VICTORIA REED-FENIMORE, ANNETTE RENAUD, GINA SCANIO, SHANNON SCHMITZ, TERESA SMITH, BETH STABILE, JILL STEARNS, TIFFANY STILLWELL, BOBBI TOPFER, DELYN TYSON, JENNIFER WEGMILLER
2019 WOMEN OF HOPE MEMBERS: COLEEN BRIGHTON, DONNA CLAY, CYNTHIA COULSON, JEN DAHLKE, AMANDA DUDLEY, TAMMY DuPONT, ANGELA GLODE, CHELSEA GRAY, FELICIA HESTER, CINDY KLATT, KRIS KRAUS, KELLEY LAMY, LINDA FUNAY McCARLEY, MARY McMAHON, KELLIE MOORE, KRISTI MORIARITY, JENNIFER MUNIZ, KAREN PETERSON, ERICA ROSS, RYLA SIMMONS, VENUS STRAWN, JANET WALKER, ANNE WOOD, RACHAEL WYATT
ETERNAL WOMEN OF HOPE: JEANNIE STAHL
Featured in Austin Monthly
You can find the Women of Hope featured in the February 2020 issue of Austin Monthly on page 21.