The Women's Home Announces Chief Executive Officer

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March 28, 2017

HOUSTON (March 24, 2017) The Women's Home today announced that Anna Dragsbaek will join the organization as its chief executive officer on May 1.   She succeeds Paula Paust who is retiring after 25 years of service.


Under Paust's leadership the WholeLife® Treatment Model was developed and The Women's Home has grown into a program providing a continuum of care from treatment to transitional and permanent supportive housing.   In addition to its first apartment community Jane Cizik Garden Place, last year The Adele and Ber Pieper Family Place apartments opened providing the Spring Branch community safe, affordable family housing and support services.


Dragsbaek brings many years of nonprofit experience to The Women's Home. With a background in social work, public health and law, she has pursued her passion for building healthy, strong communities.  Dragsbaek has served women in a wide range of roles from working with rural women in West Africa to helping Texas women make smart decisions about health care. Dragsbaek joins The Women’s Home from The Immunization Partnership where she has been the chief executive officer for 9 years.


"I am honored to be called to serve as the new CEO of The Women's Home and look forward to working with our community partners to empower women who are in crisis,” Dragsbaek said. “It is a privilege to be a part of the future of The Women's Home and I will strive to honor the legacy of the previous leaders."  


About The Women’s Home

For 60 years, The Women's Home has provided housing and individually tailored

support services to help prevent and end homelessness in the Houston area. Our programs specifically target women and families who are homeless or vulnerable to homelessness - many have histories of addiction, mental illness, or both. Through our long-term residential treatment program in Montrose, our affordable housing programs in Spring Branch, and our upcoming Mabee WholeLife® Service Center, our clients cultivate the skills and self-esteem necessary to overcome life-long cycles of homelessness and move forward to live a healthy, productive life. Visit us at


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