Current Charity of the Year
John Ross Palmer Art has named The Women’s Home as its 2020 Charity of the Year. After researching and conducting interviews with numerous Houston nonprofits, John Ross Palmer Art is incredibly excited to now select and support this grassroots organization, founded in 1957, for the entire calendar year through the raising of funds, increasing awareness and hosting events. The Women’s Home works to build whole lives in the Houston area. They have four unique programs: a residential treatment and transitional housing program, two permanent supportive housing programs, and a collaborative service center that offers support services to help prevent and end homelessness in the Houston community. Just as Palmer improves the lives of artist-entrepreneurs through his Escapist Mentorship Program, The Women’s Home helps to make the promise of a better life a reality for women that face substance abuse and mental health issues. You can learn about The Women’s Home by visiting TheWomensHome.org.
Artist John Ross Palmer says, “I am thrilled about this year’s partnership for numerous reasons. In 2019, I was able to attend The Women’s Home Luncheon & Fashion Show where I heard personal, passionate stories about the positive impact that the organization has had on numerous women in our community. I appreciate their use of a Whole Life model to examine the whole person as they tackle addiction. I’m impressed that women in the program also gain employment experience and learn financial best practices while bringing their lives back on track.” The Women’s Home CEO Anna Coffey explains, “We are so grateful for the support of such an acclaimed artist as Palmer. I know he is going to bring focused, positive attention to our programs for women in the Houston community. And, as a personal fan of his artwork, I absolutely cannot wait to see the unveiling of his Whole Life Series inspired by the mission of The Women’s Home.” To begin the year, in advance of the Whole Life Series unveiling, Palmer volunteered at The Women’s Home. Palmer conducted an art class for women in the program. The gallery kicked off the year with a surprise announcement of their selection along with a check presentation to The Women’s Home at their annual luncheon fundraiser.
Past Charity of the Year selections for John Ross Palmer Art includes Outreach United (2011), Heifer International (2012), Writers in the Schools (2013), the League of Women Voters Education Fund (2014), the Lone Star Veterans Association (2015), Houston Habitat (2016), The H.E.A.R.T. Program (2017), the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work (2018) and Trees of Hope (2019). As John Ross Palmer Art’s 2020 Charity of the Year, The Women’s Home was honored at an art unveiling at Palmer’s gallery with a dedicated percent of sales going to the charity on Saturday, July 11th. For the entire week in advance of the unveiling, Palmer donated a dedicated 25% of all gallery and online sales to The Women's Home. On July 13th, John Ross Palmer presented CEO Anna Coffey with a check for $10,942.67 during the live, online Exploring Escapism show. In spite of the tough economy and Coronavirus Pandemic, the 2020 charity of the year donation was the largest in the program's history.