Jr League Grant


Houston, TX – The Hope and Healing Center & Institute (HHCI) received a $15,000 grant on January 25th from the Junior League of Houston for the initiation of a new Violence against Women initiative, designed to offer specialized mental health care services to survivors of trauma.

“We are honored to have been selected for funding by the Junior League. Violence against women is an all too common occurrence in our communities. These funds will allow us to serve women who are not able to afford mental health care; giving them an opportunity to rebuild their lives,” said Matthew S. Stanford, PhD, CEO, Hope and Healing Center & Institute.

This unique pilot program will offer specialized mental health care services for women who do not have the resources to seek the care they need to overcome the trauma of sexual assault or domestic abuse as well as a series of education and awareness seminars designed to shed light on these pervasive crimes against women. Psychological intervention for survivors of abuse will be available through weekly support groups and individual mental health coaching sessions. Seminars will feature clinical psychologists who are experts in the field of sexual and domestic violence.

“For 60 years, the Junior League of Houston has provided Community Assistance Grants to worthwhile organizations who do not receive ongoing volunteer support or financial assistance through its Community Program. The Hope and Healing Center & Institute is a perfect example of an organization that is driving change in the Houston community, and the Junior League is honored to help support the launch of this pilot program,” said Mimi Fraser Foerster, President of the Junior League of Houston.





The Center (HHC) is a comprehensive mental health resource dedicated to transforming lives and restoring hope through education, awareness, training, and supportive services. The HHC takes a holistic approach to wellness that focuses on strengthening the physical, mental, spiritual, and relational health of families and individuals across the full cycle of life, from birth through elder-hood. The Center welcomes individuals of all faiths.

The Institute (HHI) is a collaboration of scholars involved in transformative research with a greater purpose; bridging the gap between the mental health and faith communities. At the HHI, scholars and research fellows are involved in the development of resources, programs, and supportive services that strengthen the physical, mental, spiritual, and relational health of families and individuals. Work in the Institute is focused around four research initiatives: Child and Adolescent Wellbeing; Building Healthy Families and Relationships; Successful Aging and Later Life; Promoting Mental Health and Recovery.

Together the Hope and Healing Center and Institute (HHCI) are building and restoring lives to health and wholeness.

Visit us at www.hopeandhealingcenter.org or www.hopeandhealinginstitute.org


Julia Abbott-Koivumaa – 713.985.3832 – jkoivumaa@hopeandhealingcenter.org