Located in Houston, Texas, Bel Inizio helps disadvantaged women develop self-confidence and life skills through fitness and nutrition. Participants train to complete a 5K, which helps prepare them for the ultimate race — the race for a better life.
Houston has a generous giving community and great compassion for those in need. We have emergency shelters, transitional housing, and half-way houses. The agencies offer case workers, recovery programs, and job skills training. What gets lost, and is critically needed, is helping individuals achieve the self esteem and confidence that can come from an ongoing exercise and nutrition program.
Bel Inizio started in 2010 after the founder, Theresa Strong experienced personal tragedy when her husband died and employer went bankrupt within two months of each other. During this period she was volunteering actively at homeless shelters and relying heavily on exercise and a healthy lifestyle to give her a sense of purpose and positive attitude. Realizing how this was helping her get through her hardship she felt driven to help others in need through exercise.
Bel Inizio graduates are mostly women who are recovering from drug and alcohol abuse , mental illness, and /or are victims of partner abuse. All are risk of homelessness and many have criminal backgrounds. A large percentage have been involved in sex trade and most have children. The clients are reached through transitional housing facilities in Houston, Star of Hope, Angela House, New Hope Housing (three locations), Brigid Hope and Dress for Success.
I have been working with Bel Inizio since the beginning. It had been a priviledge and a blessing to watch this program grow. Most, importantly it is amazing to see the transformation of self worth and self confidence soar as these women cross the finish line.
I invite you to run on our team "Prayer Warriors" if you like. Volunteers are still needed but most importantly your donations are appreciated and needed!
|Donor||Donation Amount||Donation Date||Comment|
|Boot Camp & Friends BOOT CAMP & FRIENDS||$2,500.00*||10/20/2015||THANK YOU BOOT CAMPERS AND DEAR FRIENDS. YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE|
|Joanie De Ayala||$50.00||10/15/2015||I am so sad I was unable to attend yesterday. Thanks for all that you do, Jonina. Go PRAYER WARRIORS!!!|
|patricia williams||$50.00||10/15/2015||What a great cause! Thanks for all you do Jonina! :)|
|Monica McCloskey||$50.00||10/14/2015||Thanks for ALL you do! Love ya|
|laurie dodds||$100.00||10/14/2015||Such a blessing to help with this great cause. Jonina you are a tremendous encouragement. LOVE YOU|
|Kathleen Bennett||$250.00||10/13/2015||Jonina, thank you for volunteering for this great group! You are such an inspiration to all of us!!!!!!!|
|Anonymous Donor||$100.00||10/13/2015||this is for you baby! you rock! We love you! Nora and Michelle|
|Susan Pohl||$100.00||10/13/2015||Go Prayer Warriors! Love you J'nina!|
|Karrie Ambrose||$100.00||10/8/2015||Go Jonina! Thanks for being our fearless leader! Love you!|
|Donna Lewis||$50.00||10/8/2015||So proud of the Prayer Warriors!!|
|* offline donation|