Our Winter Newsletter, Renewal, has been mailed. In this issue, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of NEW, discuss the implications of domestic violence systems on homeless populations in DC, as well as welcome new Board Members.
On any given night, 882 unaccompanied (single) women are experiencing homelessness in the District of Columbia. Think about it: in DC nearly 900 women will be alone, homeless, and often hopeless tonight while we sleep in our warm, cozy beds in our homes.
Not everybody can relate to our homeless clients. But Denise Ziegler has a story that serves as inspiration.
Denise, 53, is the lead case manager at New Horizons, which currently serves 17 families with single mothers. Her team provides case management services, home visits, and community meetings.
On Saturday, June 24, she got her associate’s degree in business administration from Strayer University.
Denise began working at NEW in 2008 as support staff on the weekends, while she was working on weekdays as an administrative assistant. Her other job recommended that in order to advance she go back to school, so she did. Read more
NEW Executive Director Wanda Steptoe joined Kris Thompson, executive director of Calvary Women’s Services, on Friday, June 9th, to host a meeting of the Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH)* Women’s Task Force. About 40 people representing over 25 agencies participated in the meeting, committing themselves to improving the lives of homeless women in our community. Together Wanda and Kris co-chair the Women’s Task Force, which was created to address the experiences and needs of homeless women in Washington, DC. Read more
After a careful vetting process, the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington has selected New Endeavors by Women (NEW) to be part of the Class of 2017-18. NEW has undergone an extensive review process, and has met the Catalogue’s high standards. Potential donors can be confident that the nonprofits in the Catalogue are worthy of their support.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of the Catalogue for Philanthropy,” says Wanda Steptoe, NEW’s executive director. “Our work with homeless women and children is critical to meet the need in DC — our presence in the Catalogue will help us gain more support for those we serve.” Read more
New Journeys is one of the seven housing programs offered by New Endeavors by Women (NEW.) Serving senior women, New Journeys provides housing for six women aged 55 and older.
“There’s been a spike in elderly homelessness over the past five years or so,” explains NEW Program Director James Brown. “New Journeys has been so successful that we’re starting a second program – New Journeys II – in October.”
With the new program, 15 more senior women will be able to call New Journeys II home. As James pointed out, the need has been escalating. And the programs to support the elderly are few and far between in the Washington, DC area. Read more
As in life, the only constant at NEW is change and the dedication of our staff. The women at NEW stumble, pick themselves up, make progress, and graduate to become stable and contributing members of society. Through it all, staff members like Renee Roberts walk with them every step of the way.
A great example is Geisy Cerberino and her family. Geisy came to NEW through the New Horizons program. They are in stable housing, but our YEP! program still provides a buffer for the younger children so Geisy can work and her oldest daughter, a teen, isn’t solely responsible for after-school care. Read more
Brenda spent many years working as a legal secretary until she was laid off shortly after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. “That started it all,” she says. The dominoes fell one by one: job, savings, housing. She spent years floating from house to house, until there was no more money or space on somebody’s couch. “It was a culture shock,” adds Brenda. “It was my first experience being homeless – and at my age.”
Brenda ended up at NEW in New Journeys permanent supportive housing program, where she has gotten back on her feet, resumed her youth ministry, and is currently looking for an apartment. “It’s a continuation of the journey,” she says. Read more
Our Summer Newsletter, Renewal, has been mailed. In this issue, we celebrate the expansion of our New Journeys program, spotlight the successes of the YEP! program, and welcome our newest board members. Read more
Recently, NEW Alum and Board Member Petrina Williams graduated with a master’s degree in Social Work from The Catholic University of America. Her inspiring story from homelessness to graduate school was featured by Meagan Fitzgerald of NBC4 Washington. Read more