NEW Welcomes Roderick Johnson To The Board

Roderick Johnson NEW BoardNEW welcomes Roderick Johnson to the board of directors. Roderick is Vice President and Sr. Commercial Loan Officer at Industrial Bank. He also happens to be a DC native with 30 years of board governance experience.

Asked what attracted him NEW, Roderick has a swift and clear answer: “The work you do to rehabilitate women, give them stability, and help them to be productive members of society.” Why specifically NEW in a city where there are several organizations helping the homeless? “Because homeless women are a fragile population. NEW gets them back up on their feet again, and that is worth supporting.”

Roderick is determined to put his network and experience to use to raise NEW’s profile and encourage more donors to support the organization’s work. He’s also determined to see more NEW alum graduate with greater financial literacy. “You need personal credit to be able to save and buy a house. And that’s the first step to building wealth.”

More than once in the conversation, Roderick uses the phrase “productive members of society.” That is for a reason. “Women in our country graduate in greater numbers, start more businesses, make more financial decisions at home. So when an organization makes more women productive members of society, it is a big deal.”

Indeed. As has been said before by many NEW board members and supporters, ending homelessness is both the right as well as smart thing to do. We are all better off when none of us is without shelter.


Jessica Sanderson Joins the NEW Board

jessica sanderson headshotNEW recently welcomed Jessica Sanderson to its board of directors. As a Public Sector Leader at Oliver Wyman – Global Management Consulting Experts, Sanderson specializes in helping organizations grow. She joins us because she was looking for an opportunity to support a DC non-profit grow and achieve its full potential. Fortuitously, NEW is in the process of a long-term strategic plan to grow our organization, help more women and children end the cycle of homelessness, and thrive.

Why homelessness? “Everyone should have a roof over their head and a safe place to call home,” says Sanderson. “It’s a basic human need and we are all better off when everyone has shelter and safety.”

Why NEW? “Because it’s clear to me it was a well-run organization with significant potential for growth.” Sanderson’s succinct answer is a reflection of her professional career. In addition to her professional expertise, Sanderson hopes to bring a new perspective to the board to support its growth objectives. In particular, she brings experience from the commercial and public sector in driving transformation and innovation initiatives, and leading complex strategic initiatives. Add to this a diverse, extensive network and NEW is lucky to have her on board.

Finally, asked why we don’t pay more attention to individuals struggling with “basic human needs”, Sanderson has an answer everyone can relate to. “We get wrapped up in our lives. And we simply don’t pay attention because we think it takes time.” Except, as NEW’s supporters know, it doesn’t take much, and a little can go a long way.


Happy Hour at Beau Thai on June 17

Beau ThaiJoin New Endeavors on Wednesday, June 17 at Beau Thai (SHAW) for happy hour benefitting NEW. Beau Thai has created a refreshing NEW drink to quench your thirst and help the homeless. Order the NEW drink during Happy Hour and all day and night on Wednesday, June 17 and all proceeds go to New Endeavors By Women to support housing and programs for homeless women and families. Hope to see you there.


O Christmas Tree!

new-christmas-treeWhat do the White House, the Big Apple and New Endeavors by Women have in common? This past week we all hosted our own Christmas Tree Lighting!

Although our lighting ceremony was not as high profile as Pennsylvania Avenue or Rockefeller Center, we think our tree shines just as bright. A beautiful tree stands tall in our lobby, greeting residents and guests alike with holiday cheer.  Read more

Spark Career Strategy Fundraiser for NEW

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In January, Spark Career Strategy/Exchange Network, LLC selected NEW as a community partner. The company generously donates career empowerment services to our residents. Company founder and CEO, Stephanie Goetsch, committed to help us even more by organizing the “Clean Up & Give Back” consignment shopping event. Gently used clothing and accessories were sold at the event, held April 19 in Bethesda, and the proceeds benefited NEW. We thank Stephanie, all of the event volunteers, donors and shoppers who made the fantastic fundraiser possible! To learn more about Exchange Network’s partnership with NEW to advance the career goals of our residents, visit Read more