September 8-9, 2017 Tools for Recovery RetreatDominican Retreat and Conference Center, Niskayuna, NY

October 21, 2017 from 6 PM to 8:30 PM - "Anything Chocolate..." - St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Albany.

 "Anything Chocolate..." is an evening to benefit Healing a Woman's Soul. Dessert buffet, silent auction, and Paula award for a volunteer helping victims of domestic violence, and an "Anything Chocolate ...Contest."  For tickets ($ 20) and information, please call 518-439-8574; email or contact HAWS office at 68 S. Swan St., Albany, NY 12210.

For "Anything Chocolate..."contest, entries are due no later than October 21 at 5 PM at St. Paul's. Please bring entries the size of a small pie or 8 cookies or muffins, in other words 6 servings.  Please use disposable plates as no plates will be returned.

Spring 2017 - Healing a Woman’s Soul Hearts Breaking, Hearts Healing Workshop

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

All women are invited to a one day workshop at St. Stephens Church, Schenectady. The event includes a coffee and danish welcome and lunch. There is no cost to participate, but registration is appreciated.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
1229 Baker Ave.
Schenectady, NY
To register: contact


October 22, 2016, Desserts Against Domestic Violence. We are changing things this year! Its our annual fundraiser, and Silent and Chinese auctions. 

We'll have a dj with music, great auction items and a cheesecake dessert contest. Please join us!! 

For a $15 investment you get an appetizer buffet with amazing tastes of contest cheesecakes and $10 worth of tickets for our Chinese auction. 

For more information including cheesecake dessert contest rules, please see Home page.

For more information call Gretchen at 518-439-8574. 

First Recipient of The "Paula Award" 
Jennifer Gish
Jennifer Gish is a features reporter, sports columnist and parenting blogger 
at the Times-Union newspaper.  She is also a parent, and she is a runner.
In May of this year, she and her daughter trained to run the annual Law Day 5k Against Domestic Violence race.  I encourage you to read her story about that experience in the Times-Union website.
In it, she shares that one of her "feel good" places is in her running shoes.  

That phrase is a key one in her life. 
Several years ago, Ms Gish had an idea born out of how running had shaped her life.  She wrote about that idea in a column, proposing a "couch to 5k" running program that could combine volunteer running mentors with survivors of domestic violence.
Out of that idea grew a program whose mission is to empower survivors of domestic violence through the sport of running. Volunteers run side by side with survivors, training with them, encouraging them.
Three years in, Strength Through Every Mile has supported dozens and dozens of domestic violence survivors in becoming stronger, healthier, more confident, and freer than they have ever before been.  Sponsors donate 
shoes.  Mentors donate time, heart -- and feet.
Like Paula Lukas Schultheiss, Jennifer Gish is a "do-er".  Like Paula, she has creative ideas that she turns into reality.  Like Paula, she gets other people fired up and involved. 
Healing a Woman's Soul is honored to have Jennifer Gish with us this evening.   We believe she embodies the vision, passion and dedication to the service of others with which Paula lived her life.

Jennifer was presented the award On October 22, 2016, Healing a Woman's Soul hosts "Desserts Against Domestic Violence" at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Albany, NY

Mother Anne Curtin, Jennifer Gish and Norm Schultheiss, Paula's husband.

The "Paula Award"
Paula Lukas Schultheiss was a "do-er" who was also a source of countless 
great ideas that made Healing a Woman's Soul more effective, more creative and more able to support our mission.  She fired us up.
That was Paula's way.  Her energy powered us all; her ideas encouraged us to be more creative, as well.  Paula was a creative woman: most of you are aware of her extraordinary quilting skills, and her hat-making.
If you see Healing a Woman's Soul magnet on the backs of cars in the Capital Region, you are looking at one of her ideas come to fruition.
Paula cared deeply for individuals.  It showed in the areas where she chose to spend her time.  Healing a Woman's Soul and Patriot Guard Riders are two of the organizations she graced with her active presence.  She reached out to hurting individuals with love and compassion.  She created tight, supportive networks of all the people who came into her orbit.  She created community.  And in everything she did, she was guided by her faith.
Paula was elected President of Healing a Woman's Soul, but sadly, was unable to complete her term.  All of us lost a dear friend; Healing a Woman's Soul lost a burning flame. 
The board of Healing a Woman's Soul decided that a fitting way to remember our friend would be to create an annual award in her memory.  We are pleased to announce that this will be the inaugural year of the Paula Lukas Schultheiss Memorial Award for Service to Survivors of Domestic Violence.
  The "Paula", as we are calling it, will honor a volunteer whose work in the field of domestic violence reflects Paula's passion and dedication to this cause.

To view photos from dinneclick here 

September 9-10, Annual Tools of Recovery Retreat: Hearts Breaking, Hearts HealingOvernight retreat at our host, the Dominican Retreat Center in Niskayuna. Retreat 
begins on Friday night and ends after supper on Saturday. All women are welcome. The cost is $120 including lodging and meals. Scholarships are available. For more 
information, please contact retreat coordinator, Rev. Denise Moore, see brochure.

Healing a Woman’s Soul Well Woman Reunion Retreat

Saturday, April 9, 2016, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Reunite with others who attended past Fall retreats. This one day
retreat builds on the skills learned to become a well woman. The
event includes a coffee and danish welcome and lunch. There is no cost to participate.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
1229 Baker Ave.
Schenectady, NY
To register: contact


Fund Raiser October 17, 2015.

A great party for a great cause! Click on photo to view all the photos.


Please support our sponsors.


HAWS supporters 2015

2015 Retreat


Fund Raiser

Who is YOUR 1 in 4? 

2014 Hope for the Journey Fundraiser 

THANK YOU to all our Silent Auction Donors! 

 They have taken a stand against domestic violence. Please support them and 
tell them that this epidemic must end! 

Our Host Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Albany NY

Corporate Donors - Eating in or Eating Out
Corporate Donors - Living Well

Individual Auction Donors

Allen Lillyquist              Paula Sutcliffe             Dan Ryan 

Kathy Turek                 Marsha Miller                Karen Bigelow Varney 

Ann McMillan               Helen Lobel                  Susan Sulzman 

John Froebel Parker    Gretchen Coyner           Michael Armato 

Shelia Smith                Susan Updike-Porter     Jeanne Bensen 

Margaret Lynch           Anne and Dan Curtin     Denise Moore 

Sandy Lowery             Carole Merrill Mazurek   Wendy Ide-Williams, Artist

Embroiders Guild of America 
Linda Weiss Friedland        Ann Cohoan 
Helen O'Connor           Terry Case 

Harp - Ann Carter-Cox      Piano - Rev. Nixon McMillan 

Fran Carroll    Kathy Rogers    Joyce Maxwell 

Cathy Start      Paula Schulteiss 
Mary Schwarzhaupt     Nancy Dover