River of Life Homes, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that collaborates with other organizations to provide shelter and support services to women leaving abusive situations. River of LIfe Homes, operates in accordance with the U.S Department of Agriculture and Texas Health and Human Services Commission policy, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, disability, religion, political belief, or national origin.
River of Life Homes, Inc. was founded in 2004 with the mission to eliminate family violence through proactive intervention including, education, counseling, and caring for basic needs of victims of domestic violence and their children. We have answered thousands of hotline phone calls, and provided home-style emergency shelter and transitional housing for hundreds of women and their children.
There were other shelters already in existence when River of LIfe Homes was founded, but not enough due to the continuous rise of domestic violence. Our founder's personal experience in domestic violence is also one of the factors that contributed to the founding of River of LIfe Homes.
River of Life Homes, founder Lovina Iheke's personal experience with domestic violence inspired her to help other individuals affected by domestic violence.
"I was born in Nigeria in West Africa, my parents have five daughters but no sons. Although my father loves us very much and would do anything for us, he desperately wanted a son. He took his anger and frustration out on my mother and sometimes on us children. I tried to be the son he wanted by taking some of the responsibilities a son would have, just to keep his legacy going and to make him happy. In one of these duties, I found myself homeless inside my father’s house as rain poured inside through the roof made with palm trees. On that dark, cold and rainy night I was all alone, hungry, and scared with nobody to turn to but God. I felt abandoned and rejected that night not knowing that God was preparing me for a mission later in life."
In 2004, Lovina realized her calling to help others by providing women with the necessary tools to overcome domestic violence and substance abuse.
In 2005, River of Life Homes received its nonprofit status and purchased our facility to be used as emergency and transitional housing for women and children leaving abusive situations. Our first client was a mother with three children. Since its founding, River of Life has helped over 1,000 individuals through emergency and transitional housing and support services.