Real Women, Real Stories| Brooke’s Story: Providing Hope & Healing for Child Survivors of Sex Trafficking

Roots: I’m originally from Oklahoma City, OK. I lived in the same house same city until I left for Texas to attend Baylor. Since then, I’ve moved so many places-too numerous to mention. I have lived in Austin, TX since June 2010. Family Life: We’re one of those crazy, messy blended families. My husband, Calvin, and I […]

Real Women, Real Stories | Jeanne Little: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty through Education

Roots: I have lived all over Texas, but I’m so thankful to have spent the last 32 years in Austin. Family Life: Blessed to be married to an amazing man for almost 35 years. Lew and I have 3 children; Wesley, Anne and Elizabeth. Two weddings this year and now we have two more wonderful children; Dora […]

Real Women, Real Stories | Martha Pincoffs: Discovering Self-Love in Order to Shine in Life

Roots: I am born and raised in Austin. I have left to live in D.C. and Telluride, CO, but I always come back to Austin. This is home. Family Life: My partner, Jo, and I have two kids. River is 4 years old and Townes is 2 years old. Work Life: I am the founder of Hot […]

Real Women, Real Stories | Kristin’s Story: Creating Community in the Front Yard

Roots: I was born and raised in Dallas, but as they say got to Austin as quick as I could. I moved here in the 80s to go to The University of Texas and aside from a couple of years in Washington, DC and Paris, France ATX has been home. Family life: Tony and I met at […]

Real Women, Real Stories | Carley Lickteig: Heeding the Call to Adopt in Uganda

Roots: I’ve lived in Austin for the past 18 years, aside from 6 months in California and 10 months in Uganda. Before moving to Austin, I lived in a few different places that my dad’s job took our family. Family Life: I’ve been married to my husband, Josh, for 5 years. We dated for about 5 […]

Real Women, Real Stories | Nancy’s Story: Abundant Living Among the Chronically Homeless

Roots: I was born in Orange, California, but moved to Dallas in 1969 and then to Austin in 1984.  I’ve been here ever since and can’t imagine living anywhere else. Family Life:  My first husband and I were both in the medical field and saw that older children were not getting adopted after the preschool age. […]

Real Women, Real Stories | Ginger Simons: Changing Lives through the Jeremiah Program

photo by Catherine Sanderson Roots:  I grew up in Long Beach, California, and graduated from high school and college in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I raised my 4 girls in Las Cruces, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas, and I moved to Austin 6 years ago! Family Life:  I am married to John Simons, who helped raise my 4 […]

Real Women, Real Stories | Missy Zinnecker: Navigating Life as a Military Wife

photo: Catherine Sanderson Roots:  I was born and raised in Austin. Most recently, my husband’s military career took us to The Netherlands for five years. We loved our time there and all of the amazing travel opportunities we had. We are now in the process of moving to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas where Chad will attend […]

Real Women, Real Stories | Deborah Turner-Mack: Overcoming My Son’s Fight Against Food

Roots: I grew up with my mom and two sisters in Amarillo, Texas and spent my summers with my Dad in Addison, Texas. I am named after my mother, Deborah, but all of my family calls me by my middle name, Rae. After graduating from Amarillo Community College and spending a year in Utah, I moved […]

Real Women, Real Stories | Charlotte Benson: Finding Hope After My Daughter’s Devastating Diagnosis

Roots:  I grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and became an interior designer.  When I was 31, I moved to Paris to export antiques back to the U.S. and while living there I met and married my husband Craig who is from Little Rock, Arkansas. He said that I was the only one who could […]