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.
I'm running for Victoria and the hundreds of other women like her in Houston. When Victoria was 10 her parents divorced due to her dad's abuse. Her mom started doing drugs and by the age of 13 Victoria was getting high and stealing for her and her mother's habits. She went from high school to alternative school to boot camp and it went downhill from there. At 13 she was selling crack and living under a bridge with her mom (the car they were living in was sold to buy more drugs).
Victoria never had a chance.
At 21 she found herself pregnant with her third child and facing an aggravated assault charge with injury and robbery charge. She knew she had to break the hold the past had on her. Victoria joined Bel Inizio significantly overweight with a bad self-image but a desire to change. Through her training she learned to make a commitment and keep it. This has changed her life. She went back to school (while serving her sentence), has a 97 average and will be a paralegal in just a few weeks.
Victoria learned how exercise and eating right can change your life. She is motivated, a much better mother, and has lost 30 lbs. "When you exercise you feel good inside and out. It reminds me I am worthy of respect from myself and others" she told me recently.
Thanks to Bel inizio and a lot of hard work, when Victoria completes her sentence in a few months, she will have a foundation of success upon which to build.
I run for Victoria and so many other women trying to turn their lives around. Your donation will make such big difference. Thank you.
|Donor||Donation Amount||Donation Date||Comment|
|The Woodlands Marathon Management||$500.00*||3/13/2015||Congratulations and thank you for participating in The Woodlands Marathon Charity Challenge.|
|Alvin Chung||$35.00||2/27/2015||Stay warm and keep running!|
|Jared McLaurin||$25.00||2/27/2015||So happy to help you!!!!|
|Larry DeSpain||$100.00||2/27/2015||Enjoy the run throught the wooded lands!! Run stron, Theresa! :-)|
|Jonina Dickey||$50.00||2/25/2015||After hearing yet another testimony from Holly today at Boot camp I had to donate again. Wow, she is a changed person so confident and renewed in her faith . It brings are group so much joy to see this transformation.!|
|Anonymous Donor||$30.00||2/25/2015||I hope this helps you reach your goal. Many thanks to you and all of the other wonderful volunteers who help these women find help and healing for a better life.|
|Anonymous Donor||$204.00||2/25/2015||You go Theresa!!! Love you and what you do! Hope this gets you to your fundraising goal!!|
|Molly Malone||$100.00||2/25/2015||Bel Inizio does more with its dollars than any nonprofit organization I know. It's a privilege to help.|
|Sue and Lonnie Cox||$200.00*||2/23/2015|
|Theresa Bueno||$25.00||2/20/2015||WIshing you a fun and fabulous race. Thank you for being such an inspiration!|
|ConocoPhillips Matching Funds||$500.00*||2/20/2015||Match for the Anonymous gift!|
|Barbara Di Ferrante||$100.00||2/18/2015||This is for Holly. Her transformation is nothing short of remarkable. She is a true inspiration for others struggling to reclaim their lives - as well as for her children.|
|Michelle R, Pena||$30.00||2/16/2015||Awesome work you are doing for an awesome cause.. BELINIZIO. We love you...keep on smiling and keep up the good work.|
|Jonina Dickey||$250.00||2/16/2015||I am so happy to hear the news about Beth. She was always so appreciative of your program.. And her testimony is amazing. Thank you for all you do for these women..|
|Anonymous Donor||$250.00||2/10/2015||Love you and the work of Bel Inizio. Have a great run!|
|Alexandra Doan||$50.00||2/9/2015||Go, go, go!!!|
|Susan Sternberg||$26.00||2/9/2015||Good luck! Thanks for running for a great cause!!|
|Brook Ward||$50.00||2/5/2015||Theresa, ...Jason and I wish you Good luck on the run and continued success with Bel Inizio.|
|Catherine Derrick||$30.00||2/5/2015||What great things you and Jonina are doing to help Holly and the other struggling women!!|
|amy hinson||$50.00||2/5/2015||Run Theresa Run!!!!|
|Anonymous Donor||$25.00||2/5/2015||On behalf of Holly's story and other women struggling.|
|Sonnie Schepps Robinson, Foundation||$1,000.00||2/4/2015|
|Bette Moser||$100.00||2/4/2015||So honored to support you, Theresa, and Bel Inizio!|
|Anonymous Donor||$30.00||2/3/2015||Glad to help, keep up the good work!|
|Katherine Bell||$100.00||2/3/2015||Great Job! Keep up the amazing work!|
|Istra Bauza||$50.00||2/3/2015||Glad to support Bel Inizio athletes! Have a blast and crush that race!|
|Donna sterns||$100.00||2/3/2015||Theresa you have such a servant's heart. I so love what you are doing!|
|Anonymous Donor||$50.00||2/3/2015||Great mission.|
|Lindy Scibilia||$100.00||2/3/2015||You truly have the ?? of a Champion!|
|Edward Burleson||$100.00||2/1/2015||Best wishes!|
|Roger Church||$100.00||2/1/2015||Have a great run! Michelle & Roger "Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others." - Plato|
|Lawrence DeSpain||$100.00||1/29/2015||Good Luck, Theresa. I know you will kill the run!!|
|Angelique Naylor||$50.00||1/29/2015||Always happy to support you and Bel Inizio!|
|* offline donation|