The Women’s Resource of Houston Receives SunTrust Foundation’s 2019 Lighting the Way Award and $75,000 Grant

Pictured: Lee McCrary, President, SunTrust Bank Expansion Markets, Jessika Davidson, Communications and Development Director, The Women’s Resource, Christine Powell, Executive Director, The Women’s Resource, Karen Dixon, division LOB manager, SunTrust Private Wealth Management

Recognized for its generous contributions to Houston, The Women’s Resource was awarded a 2019 Lighting the Way Award and $75,000 grant by the SunTrust Foundation.  
The SunTrust Foundation’s Lighting the Way Awards recognize select nonprofit organizations that work to build self-sufficient families and more financially confident communities through financial education, financial counseling, career readiness/workforce development and small business/entrepreneurship.  
“The SunTrust Foundation is proud to recognize and support our local nonprofit partners that empower and strengthen the communities they serve,” said Stan Little, president of the SunTrust Foundation. “The Women’s Resource is making a meaningful impact with their programs to improve the financial well-being of the people who need it most.”   
The Women’s Resource is one of 36 nonprofits across the Southeast and Midwest presented with a 2019 Lighting the Way Award from the SunTrust Foundation, which gave a total of $2.7 million in grants to these nonprofits.  
“We are grateful to the SunTrust Foundation for awarding this grant to support our work, particularly going into our organization’s 30th anniversary, and we are excited about the possibilities that will be created through this partnership,” said Christine Powell, The Women’s Resource’s Executive Director. “The Lighting the Way award will create opportunities for us to expand our public class offerings and allow us to continue our work to empower Houston’s women and girls to become independent, productive and financially stable.”

About The Women’s Resource: The Women’s Resource is the leading provider of free financial literacy services for low income women and girls in the Houston area. They are dedicated to helping women and girls make choices toward becoming independent, productive, and financially stable. The Women’s Resource offers several programs to the community including: YourLife Finance Classes®, which teach the basics of personal finance, YourLife Possibility Groups, which guide and support clients in a group coaching setting, YourLife Financial Coaching, which offers one-on-one financial coaching, and RISE!®, a program to help economically disadvantaged high school girls achieve their full potential. For more information about The Women’s Resource please visit www.thewomensresource.org.

About SunTrust Foundation: The SunTrust Foundation is committed to SunTrust Bank’s (NYSE: STI) purpose of Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being by engaging with local and national organizations to advance financial confidence. Grants and activities focus primarily on financial education, financial counseling, career readiness and small business/entrepreneurship, in addition to local community grants. The SunTrust Foundation supports American Red Cross disaster relief efforts and contributes as a United Way Global Corporate Leader. Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation has proudly provided grants totaling more than $170 million throughout the United States. 

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