Who We Are
Welcome to Women Healing Empowering Women (WHEW) is a grass-roots reentry organization founded in 2005, 501(c)(3) incorporated in 2007.
WHEW is on a mission to address interconnected challenges women face such as former incarceration, homelessness, and domestic violence, starting local going global.
WHEW's vision is to be an organization committed to empowering women globally through economic, educational, environmental, and cultural programs that work to end prison recidivism, homelessness, gender and ethnic biases, inter-generational poverty, the lack of access to adequate, and sufficient education.
When you educate a man, you educate an individual; but when you educate a woman, you educate a nation.~African Proverb
Women Healing & Empowering Women
(WHEW) Is a grassroots initiative addressing domestic violence, homelessness, and re-entry for women of color in Harris County.
The goal of WHEW is to provide workshops that connect the dots between Hip-Hop, homelessness, and domestic violence, prison culture, and reentry.
Women Healing Empowering Women
JOIN THE BEAH (Be A) Ripple in the Pond Movement
BRPM is inspired by Beah Richard's poem:
A Black Woman Speaks
One Step at a Time
There are few, if any, programs in the Sunnyside and Third Ward areas in Harris County that
address these converging issues. WHEW’s target objectives are to service these women and to
support them in not returning to prison, abusive relationships, and homelessness. WHEW seeks
to address key problems such as employment, job skills and training, and other essential needs for
this disenfranchised clientele. Moreover, WHEW seeks to meet the needs of clients who appear
to be undesired by other institutions. In addition, WHEW empowers women globally by creating
employment and projects that are beneficial to their communities of origin.
Helping The Community
Phase I of WHEW’s development includes the following current and future
domestic programs and services:
• Connect-the-Dots Workshop– To provide interactive media and cultural literacy
seminars and workshops on the local/global relationship between prison and Hip-Hop
culture. Since 2001, these workshops have been conducted in state prisons and jails in Wallkill, New York and Houston, Texas.
Workshops showcase not only the negative
aspects of the two cultures’ relationships, but also the negative impact that symbiosis
has on African-American women, men, and families, resulting in domestic violence
problems that persist before, during, and after becoming part of the criminal justice
• Employment Assistance–To provide referrals and job placement.
• Job Skills and Training–To teach women about computer data entry, website design and maintenance, inventory and distribution of goods, fashion design and accessory items, cosmetology, and culinary arts.
• Counseling–To provide HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention workshops, substance
abuse awareness and prevention workshops, and artistic and cultural therapy via creative writing indigenous African and Native American dance forms, and Native American folklore so that individuals and families can explore an arts-based approach to building self-esteem and thereby reduce the number of women returning to prison.
Reinforcing our Commitment
• Financial Literacy–To implement mandatory workshops to help clients raise their
standard of living by setting up IDA accounts to build assets, providing mandatory
literacy instruction, and emphasizing money management skills, including future
financial planning and training for their specific asset goals.
• Youth Choice–To instruct children of formerly incarcerated parents, who live in
transitional housing and domestic violence centers, about career and lifestyle options that can end the cycle of abuse and incarceration.
• Seeds Planting Seeds–This program educates youth about nutrition, preservation of
the ecosystem, and ways to combat hunger. Children of formerly incarcerated parents,
youth who were formerly (juvenile) incarcerated, and other young people from the
community will be the primary participants in the program.
• Housing Assistance–To provide referrals, rental assistance, and home-buyer education.
• Health Care–To provide referrals, holistic nutritional education, preventative/alternative methods of promoting wellness, and information about reproductive justice.
Get in touch with whewnow.org to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.
boo_peters @yahoo.com 713.208.4376