Day of Empowerment Retreat

Come experience a weekend filled with hope,encouragement and fellowship. Ladies come out Saturday morning and participate in a day full of events. We offer: yoga,self-defense, art session, survivor speakers and vision board sessions. All at no cost to survivors of domestic violence.

Ladies self-defense class

Come learn basic self-defense tactics with us! We are offering free classes to women in the east Texas area every other Tuesday evening. The event is sponsored by Joyful Inspiration, Meals on Wheels, and Shorin-Ryu Karate Academy.

Empowerment Retreat

Come join us for a weekend filled with fellowship, fun and growth opportunities! We will have a night of connecting and fellowship on Friday. Saturday will be full of self-defense, yoga, speakers, vision boards and more connecting with women who have escaped abuse and have thrived at life!

Family Game Day

Come enjoy a day of food, games and fellowship! We will be offering free time to play and connect with your kiddos, as well as organized group activities! Come learn how to communicate and connect.

Sponsorship Opportunities


Joyful Inspiration is a charitable organization that provides help for the survivors of domestic abuse.

We put on a retreat for survivors of domestic violence every 4 months. These retreats provide a weekend of esteem building activities, educational presentations, self defense courses, an awesome lunch and a whole lot of fun to assist these ladies in moving ahead with their lives.

Although we provide this at no charge to the survivors, it comes in at cost to our organization of approximately $300.00 per attendee. Our response to these retreats has been wonderful and almost overwhelming. The good they do is easily measurable. Take the time to look at the testimonials and photos at our website (

We are now seeking donations towards funding the retreat by means of sponsorship for individual survivors. It cost us approximately $300 per lady to put on the retreat. (Remember there is no charge to the survivors, volunteers are fed but uncompensated) We can serve around 20 survivors and 7-10 volunteers per retreat.

Reach into your heart and help sponsor one of these ladies. Full support of $300.00 will cover food lodging and activities for one survivor, but any amount will help.
We also welcome donations of gift cards to grocery stores or donations on the website to cover the cost of food and supplies. We also appreciate food, cakes cookies and supplies prior to the event weekends

They usually write a thank you to the donors with a testimonial of  their experience and a little of their story. Several have started penpal relationships with sponsors.
We do follow-up with these ladies over the next several months and place them with a mentor. We realize we can’t heal years of hurt in a weekend, but we use it as a start to the journey of healing.

If you are a survivor, know one, or just know how tough it can be reach out donate and help these strong ladies on their path to healing and self sustainability.

Any questions? contact or call.(phone number on website)


Thank you

Joyful Inspiration is a 501c3 corporation so your donation is Tax Deductible. We are entirely self and donation  funded

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Donation Total: $150.00

Day of Empowerment Retreat! October 20th -21st

Joyful Inspiration will be holding another event, “Day of Empowerment”, honoring women escaping domestic violence. We feed their body, soul and spirit, with each of them walking away with a renewed sense of hope.
The activities will include yoga, massage, delicious food, self-defense, meditation, and building visions. Tucked away from the world, our ladies could get away from their daily stresses and connect and breath.

As one said, “I got more out of that one day than I have six months of therapy.”.

What we’ve been up to!

The last few weeks have been very exciting around here! We had our 3rd Day of Empowerment retreat, and were so pleased at how many lives and hearts we touched. We had 23 women out that weekend and created some connections that will continue to grow. We saw ladies show up in the morning, closed off and suspicious. And ended the day with heart felt smiles and women allowing us to hug  and love on them.. I know to some people in the community that doesn’t sound like much… However when a woman has been abused, sometimes her entire life, or for years in an abusive relationship, allowing people in their personal space is a real act of trust. And our staff and volunteers were able to let these ladies be comfortable and safe enough to let go. It was AMAZING!


This week we have been really focusing on the launch of our Family Game Day. The kick off event will be March 24th at the facility in Palestine. Our event will be free of charge, serving single moms in the east Texas area.

About Game Day

 We have also been out in the community working on locking in our bi-monthly self defense class. We will be offering the self defense class free of charge to any woman in the area interested in committing the basic, effective get away tactics to memory! We are very passionate about self defense and doing the same thing over and over until it doesn’t take conscious thought but is committed to muscle memory. We had a testimonial from a prior retreat attendee about a situation she got in with a contractor in her home, due to our training she was able to handle it and get away safely.  


We look forward to getting more plugged into the community and finding ways to serve woman of all ages, situations and dempgraphics. Women NEED women.. It is a scientific fact that women need the social interaction and connection that comes with building healthy relationships with other women. Especially women that have suffered abuse, tend to shy away from connection. This is because they have been taught to not trust anyone, and have been isolated to the point of social anxiety. The connections these ladies make will go far in the process of helping them heal.


We are excited to see what all is instore for the program over this next year! Keep an eye on us!  You will see lives changed and women learning to love themselves!


Have a blessed day!


Jenea Frierson-Goodwin


Legal Need

Through surveys of domestic abuse survivors we have recognized the service they are in need of at the highest rate is legal services. Many of our clients have been married 20 plus years and had absolutely no control of the finances. Most of which don’t even know where the household stands financially. Their abuser has kept them in the dark as well as told them they have no way to get any of the assets. They do not know the law, AT ALL. They have been isolated and sheltered from friends, family and the public. The husbands control and manipulate them and reiterate that they really have no rights. They are in such a state confusion and feeling lost when they leave they don’t even know where to start. Some of these ladies husbands have plenty of assets that an attorney could recover legal fees from. Then there are the ones that have no assets and no where to turn. Economically they have no resources and no family that can help, even if they wanted to.
I would LOVE to find compassionate law firms that could take 1-5 pro bono cases a year, with the agreement that they could try to recover legal fees from the abusive spouse, however they would not hold our clients liable for fees. My philosophy is a little from many places, takes the pressure and weight off of  one place, and spreads good favor all around.