IKSH started in March of 2012 as a solution to a problem. In April of 1999, I got sober from drugs and alcohol. Needing friends and support, reluctantly, I began going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. I learned in AA how to use the fellowship to get my needs met. I needed an attorney and the group supplied. I needed help going to court and the group supplied. Over and over they showed up for me.
A few years later, I had a small intimate book club. One of the members was jobless and had been for about a year. The members of the group were sympathetic, even empathetic and wanted to help. “If we could just figure out how to connect all of my contacts to yours, and then sort of spider web out – you know connect all of them to each other and their contacts. Your job is in our network, I just know it.”
I Know Somebody Houston was born. I wanted to create a large resource of women to provide solutions to women with needs and share the concept that ‘you are not alone’; a fellowship of women helping women. The idea was shared from one powerful woman to another in a social setting.
Among the first founders, it was decided that monthly meetings, offering free educational sessions, was the best way to bring a group together, to bond them and get the members supporting each other. It was also decided to keep IKSH women only, so that women who are not accustomed to groups and using groups would try it and feel safe. A women only group also made it so that women who did not have many friends, or opportunities to meet other women, could make new friends.
A date was set for the first meeting. June 6, 2012. One woman secured the downtown Houston library as their setting. The rest of the women invited everyone they knew. The group asked the most celebrated woman, a journalist with a following, to be the first speaker. They offered free educational information about dressing for an occasion, how to, where to purchase, and how to purchase on a budget. There were about 60 women at the first meeting.