Healing a Woman’s Soul sponsors three annual events as well as attends many other programs held by others each year.  In the Spring, we host a one day free women’s workshop at St. Stephen’s Church in Schenectady.  In September after Labor Day, we sponsor an overnight women’s retreat at The Dominican Retreat and Conference Center in Niskayuna.  In October, we party at our annual fundraiser called “Anything Chocolate…”  The three HAWS yearly events and how to attend are described below.   Information about all events may be found on our Home Page under the Calendar of Upcoming Events.

June 2, 2018, HAWS Spring Women's Workshop   "I'm on My Way": 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 a 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

September 7-8, 2018 Tools for Recovery RetreatDominican Retreat and Conference Center, Niskayuna, NY

Stay tuned for more information about our annual retreat!!  

October 20, 2018 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 20 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.

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

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.

Casey Bernstein receives the Paula Award

Casey Bernstein is the 2017 Paula Award winner for Healing a Women’s Soul.  Paula’s award honors those who volunteer helping victims of domestic violence.

Casey has for over 10 years volunteered at the Next Step in Albany.  There she worked extensively with women victims of domestic violence who also struggled with addictions.  She teaches the power of dance to bring healing of the body. She creates choreography and trains locally, nationally and internationally.  She is an accomplished NIA and yoga movement teacher. 

We thank Casey for her commitment to helping domestic violence victims.  Her work encourages all of us who want to see an end to this epidemic.