Back to Top

Women's Shelter Events

WDS Members have hosted Women's Shelter Outreach events at the following locations:

December 15, 2018 - Hope House - St. Louis, MO
Hosted by Drs. M. Laurin Council & Carrie Coughlin

On December 15, 2018, WDS members M. Laurin Council, MD and Carrie Coughlin, MD, along with resident members Parteek Singla, MD and Tej Mudigonda, MD, met with residents of the St. Louis Transitional Hope House. The mission of the  St. Louis Transitional Hope House, a home for women and their children, is to assist each resident family in improving living skills by providing training in job skills, life skills, and health care. Approximately 20 women and their children were in attendance for a lunchtime discussion of "Healthy Skin on a Budget". After a brief presentation of some of the most common dermatologic conditions: acne, seborrheic dermatitis, and skin care during pregnancy, residents asked questions about their own skin and each left with a gift bag containing cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreen.

December 10, 2018 - Women in Distress (of Broward County) - Pompano Beach, FL
Hosted by Dr. Latanya Benjamin

Dr. Latanya Benjamin hosted a women's outreach event at the Women in Distress Family Center of Broward County in Pompano Beach, FL. About 20 women gathered to learn about proper skin care. The women also took home takeaway bags filled with goodies from soaps and sunscreens, to lip balm, and lotions.


December 1, 2018 - The Jenesse Center - Los Angeles, CA
Hosted by Dr. Pearl Grimes

Dr. Grimes hosted a Self-Care themed holiday tea program for the special women of the Jenesse Center. This was the 3rd event in a series, which also covered skin care and nutrition on a budget. This event boasted the vital importance of self-care, a way to show self-love, as a way of life. The women had a beautiful afternoon and left with smiles on their face and a new found passion to embrace themselves.

November 14, 2018 - House of Ruth - Washington, DC
Hosted by Dr. Alison Ehrlich

Dr. Alison Ehrlich hosted a women's outreach event at the House of Ruth in Washington, DC. The women at the shelter were ecstatic about their takeaway bags full of soaps, lotions, lip balms, and sunscreen.

October 24, 2018 - House of the Good Shepherd - Chicago, IL
Hosted by Dr. Rebecca Tung

Drs. Rebecca Tung, Wendy Kim, Andia Mitri, Jaquelyn Dang, Jessica Vera, and Kari Kopecky took part in a shelter outreach event at the House of the Good Shepherd Women’s Shelter in Chicago, IL on October 24, 2018.  Drs. Mitri and Dang did a great job presenting on skincare and nutrition on a budget to the appreciative group of 12 residents. The format of talks over lunch, made for a relaxed and comfortable setting, sparking great questions and conversation with the women. The women especially loved the takeaway bags complete with toothbrushes from Delta Dental, skincare items from Dove and Galderma, chap stick from Eco Lips, and sunscreen from BadgerBalm. A big thank you to Lilly Dermatology for sponsoring these events.

September 12, 2018 - The Faith House - LaFayette, LA
Hosted by Dr. Elizabeth McBurney

Dr. Elizabeth McBurney and her team hosted another event at the Faith House on September 12, 2018. Ten women from the shelter joined in for a day of health, well-being, and exercise. Everyone got in on the action with Dr. Kim Drew leading the way through band exercise. Afterwards Dr. Frankie Rholdon spoke on seborrheic dermatitis, and Dr. Elizabeth McBurney spoke on the use and differences of sunscreens. Ms. Mozelle Fruge finished the event with a calm meditation.

August 18, 2018 - The Jenesse Center - Los Angeles, CA
Hosted by Dr. Pearl Grimes

As a continuation of our TIPP service initiative, Dr. Pearl Grimes and WDS held the first Social Skills and Etiquette Shelter Event for the women of Jenesse Center in Los Angeles, CA. Attendees joined together over a three course brunch to review interview skills, dining etiquette, and social decorum including personal presentation and conversation tips. The interactive event made for a truly transformative and interconnecting day that empowered the women for the next phase of their lives. Dr. Grimes is also happy to report that our previously planted garden continues to flourish!

July 11, 2018 - The Faith House - LaFayette, LA
Hosted by Dr. Elizabeth McBurney

Drs. Elizabeth McBurney, Kim Drew, Frankie Rholdon, and Ms. Mozelle Fruge hosted their second successful women's shelter event at the Faith House in Lafayette, LA. Growing off of their previous event in June, the number of attendees more than doubled with 12 women joining together for an evening of empowerment and education.
Dr. McBurney shared resources for nutrition on a budget, Dr. Rholdon discussed how to treat dry skin with over the counter products, Dr. Drew demonstrated limited space exercise tips, and Ms. Fruge led a 10 minute guided meditation. They are excited to build on their continuing partnership with another upcoming event in September.

July 2, 2018 - YWCA - Toledo, OH
Hosted by Dr. Mona Gohara

Dr. Mona Gohara hosted an engaging women's shelter event at the YWCA in Toledo, Ohio. The event was well attended by a group of 17 women from various backgrounds, ethnic groups, and ages ranging from 9 to 65 years old. They discussed skin care and nutrition on a budget, shared lunch, and received product samples. Dr. Gohara hopes that this can be a long and lasting partnership.

June 16, 2018 - The Jenesse Center - Los Angeles, CA
Hosted by Dr. Pearl Grimes

Dr. Grimes and her team of volunteers hosted a day of body, mind, and skincare at the Jenessee Center in Los Angeles. She educated participants on general skincare and nutrition to help empower themselves and boost their self-esteem. The day concluded with everyone working together to plant a community garden at the Jenessee Center!


June 13, 2018 - The Faith House - LaFayette, LA
Hosted by Dr. Elizabeth McBurney

Dr. McBurney and her team of dermatologists hosted an event at the Faith House in Lafayette, LA. Her event was so well received by the women at the shelter, that they are already planning a second event in July!

Upcoming Women's Shelter Outreach Events:

January 12, 2019 - The Faith House - LaFayette, LA
Hosted by Dr. Elizabeth McBurney

January 29, 2019 - Norma Herr Women's Shelter - Cleveland, OH
Hosted by Drs. Elizabeth Tracey & Manisha Manmohan in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic

February 2019 - Women Center Alliance - Omaha, NE
Hosted by Dr. Ashley Wysong

February 2, 2019 - The Jenesse Center - Los Angeles, CA
Hosted by Dr. Pearl Grimes