New Program director, Claudine Brown

Claudine Brown is our new Program Manager. She supports three case managers while also helping 38 NEW residents find stability, confidence and a home. It’s no easy job, but Claudine has the energy and know-how to stay positive and get things done. We sat down with her to learn more about who she is.

Where did you graduate and with what degrees? Brescia University in Owensboro KY (BA Psychology), Trinity Washington University (MA School Counseling.)

Where were you before NEW and what were you doing? Housing UP (They assist homeless families through Rapid Rehousing, Transitional and Permanent Supportive Housing.)

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Jamaica until I was 17. I move to America on a soccer scholarship to Owensboro KY.

Why did you want to get into this type of work? I’ve always had a passion to help others. After undergrad I went on a few interviews in this field and once I landed a job with metropolitan educational solutions helping homeless families, I knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

What drew you to NEW? The fact that NEW serves women. My mom was a single parent so I’ve always wanted to help women because of that. I saw how hard she had to work without any support and I wanted to give back in any way I can to help other women who might be struggling.

What do you hope to do here? My hope is to assist as many women as possible to get their own place and careers that will propel them into self-sufficiency and overall success.

So far, what has been your favorite thing about working here? Interacting with the women as well as sharing my experiences and growth with them in a way that motivates them to do more to change their lives/ situation.

What is the best part of your job? The teaching aspect of the job. It allows to me lead and support my staff and the clients. I absolutely love supporting the people around me.

What do you do in your free time? In my spare time I coach soccer and I play in an adult league. I’m a forward for my team which means I get to score goals and make assists. I’m also a big gamer so I play online (FIFA/NBA2K) to unwind from a hard day’s work.

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It’s been a challenging time for all of us as we adjust our days, our budgets and our expectations to COVID-19. And now, add a city and country grasping for footing after the death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer and we all feel even more out of control, unstable, and concerned about the future. Here at NEW we know that one way we can process our own feelings is to think about the needs and feelings of others.

We need you. The women need you. Your community needs you. Now more than ever women and children in DC need a safe and stable place to live.