Monique Carlisle


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Bel Inizio

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.

Running Apart...Together (Virtually)
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June 1 - 30, 2020

I love to run. Always have. Always will. But for 15 years it became a source of negativity. It became an expectation from my then-husband in order to achieve what he deemed an "acceptable" body shape. Yes, I was in an abusive marriage. When I finally left I couldn't run for 2 years. Every time I stepped onto the pavement, the negative self talk would permetate my willpower. I couldn't do it. So I didn't. I know what it's like to survive abuse. I know what it's like to feel worthless, with nowhere to go, and no one to love me or support me. I know what it's like to need what Bel Inizio provides. And I want to make sure every woman who needs a beautiful beginning gets one. 

Donations2Date: $79

Donor Donation Amount Donation Date Comment
JODY BIRNBERG $5.25 6/25/2020
Deborah Dauterive $27.50 6/9/2020 Way to go Monique!
Rose Murray $21.00 6/8/2020
JoAnn Cooper $25.00 6/8/2020 way to go Monique!
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