giving back

 

We strive to provide a community to better themselves while bettering the life of someone else. We’re all about feelin’ good while doin’ good.

 
 
 



HOW IT WORKS

At the end of each class receive a pink $5 bill to vote on one of the five local and overlooked charities. At the end of the quarter, the charity with the most votes will receive the majority of the donation! It’s as simple as that.

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this quarter’s charities

This quarter, we will be highlighting Helping a Hero, Friends for Life, Houston Area Women’s Center, Casa de Esperanza, and Kids’ Meals. Visit their websites to learn more about what they do!

 
 
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HELPING A HERO

Empowering Wounded Heroes, One Home at a Time

Helping a Hero provides support for military personnel severely injured in the war on terror. Our principal activity is to provide specially adapted homes for qualifying service members through partnerships made with the builders, developers, communities, and the veteran. Helping a Hero strives engage the community in providing services and resources for our wounded heroes and their families. Additionally, Helping a Hero provides additional support programs such as marriage retreats, caregiver retreats, recreational activities, emotional support, and financial support.

To the brave men and women who sacrifice so much for our freedom, we salute you.

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FRIENDS FOR LIFE

At Friends For Life, every animal matters. Founded in 2002, Friends For Life introduced the no-kill shelter model to Houston – saving animals regardless of their breed, age or condition.

Friends For Life helps Houstonians care for their pets – with direct programs like a free pet food bank, spay/neuters and behavior training.

During Hurricane Harvey, Friends For Life led animal care at the City’s evacuation center. This work provided a proof of concept for co-habitated sheltering (people and animals together) and was later documented in a national disaster manual.

Friends For Live works toward a vision of a community where all animals have a safe home, and where pet owners have the resources to care for the animals they love.

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Houston area women’s center

HAWC works to end domestic and sexual violence and supports all in building safe and healthy lives through advocacy, counseling, education, shelter and support services. We envision the day when domestic and sexual violence are history rather than a part of our daily reality. We believe that all individuals should have equal access to political, legal, economic, and social rights. We strive to create a community, especially for women, that embraces diversity, recognizes oppression, promotes empowerment and supports the right of all individuals to self-determination.

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CASA de esperanza

Casa de Esperanza de los Niños – the House of Hope for Children – offers a safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV. Casa de Esperanza strives to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect for at-risk infants, children and their families by providing comprehensive residential and family support programs that transform people and communities. Casa de Esperanza does not charge for any of its services and does not receive government funding; therefore, it is dependent on the generosity of the community for continued support and growth.

For 35 years, Casa de Esperanza has been protecting children, keeping them safe and helping them to recover. One of the most difficult tasks we have is helping people understand the needs of the children in our care. The impact of child abuse and neglect is far greater than its immediate visible effects. Child abuse affects children of every age, race and income level. These experiences can shape child development and have consequences that can last a lifetime. Since its start, Casa de Esperanza de los Niños has been privileged to provide a safe place for young children in our community.

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KIDS’ MEALS

Our mission is to end childhood hunger by delivering free healthy meals to the doorsteps of Houston’s hungriest preschool-aged children and through collaboration provide their families with resources to help end the cycle of poverty.

Kids’ Meals is a first-responder to children ages five years-old and under facing debilitating hunger due to extreme poverty.

 
 
 
 

And now, a few words from our badass founder…

 



Why I Created a Giving Back Fitness Community

As a child, I grew up listening to my father’s stories of real hardship. My paternal grandmother passed away from ovarian cancer when my dad was only 6 years old. My father and his 3 siblings were placed from family member to family member to eventually foster care until one day my father gathered his siblings and ran away. As children, they had no one to turn to, so a wild field became their home. My father built a fort in the middle of that field for him and his siblings and for a while survived off random berries and handouts from strangers. 

As I grew up, my father continued to share his stories with me. I remember with each story, always being heartbroken by the fact that my father, who is a remarkable man, had gone through such sadness and hardship in his life. I promised myself that it would be my life’s mission that others (men, women and children) do not go have to go through traumas or hardships alone. From as far back as I can remember, I knew my life’s meaning was to give back to those who need it the most, specifically the ones that get overlooked in their cry for help. I started volunteering anywhere I could help as a child into adulthood. 

Four years ago, when I found the Lagree Method, I saw how the Megaformer can transform one’s self-confidence and strength in a very short amount of time. I realized then that I had found my way to help make a difference in the world – integrating fitness with giving back to the overlooked charities.

FORM practices Lagree powered by philanthropy. $5 of every class you take will go back to a local charity. With each class you take, not only are you improving yourself, you’re helping your community as well.

—Shantelle Jackson,
Founder & Chief Enthusiasm Officer

 
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