Our executive director, Wanda Steptoe said something moving last month when the first shoots of determined green emerged in the first flush of spring. “Like the tulips,” she said, “the women of are always pushing forward insistently, bent on showing their beauty and thriving in the world around us.” Read more
The words “remarkable” and “survivor” routinely apply to NEW alumna. Even so, Petrina Williams breaks the mold. Like many NEW alumna, Williams, now a NEW board member, has been through challenges that would fell the rest of us. Yet as she talks about her experiences with matter-of-fact honesty, she radiates happiness and a joy for living. For example, her outgoing voicemail message, where you can practically hear her smile, invites you to “Have a great day—on purpose!” No doubt, it is that upbeat attitude that has carried Williams through life. And what a life it has been. Read more
Evan Piekara’s involvement with NEW began with homework. While getting his MBA at Georgetown, Piekara was tasked with matching classmates with nonprofits in DC for service projects. NEW didn’t make the cut at the time, but he came away impressed with everything he saw—enough to keep it in mind when he graduated and ran a volunteer day at BDO, his place of employment. Several interactions and gala invitations later, Piekara was convinced that NEW was the real deal. Read more
Debbie Curtis comes to NEW’s board with an impressive resume. Currently the deputy director of the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority, Curtis has 23 years of experience working on Capitol Hill, where she was one of the leading experts on health insurance, Medicare, and mental health parity. All of which means she knows exactly what due diligence to perform and where to look under any organization’s hood for budgets, numbers, and efficiency. A long time supporter, she strongly believes in the mission of NEW. Also, as she puts it, “There’s very little overhead at NEW. It’s very hands on, and what you see is what you get.” Read more
We know it doesn’t take much, and yet, we are always surprised how little separates us from the homeless—a job loss, medical bills, a bad marriage. It can happen to anyone of us. Then we get to know the people whose fortunes took a poor turn. And we realize they aren’t always troubled people who were already on thin ice. Read more
Annette Dupre sounds happy on the phone. You can hear her smile, and feel the easy humor that comes through. This, despite having lived a lot more in 40-something years than most of us do in a lifetime.
Dupre, a licensed massage therapist in Georgia, is a NEW alum who had already grappled with homelessness when she first arrived at our doors at the end of 2009. In junior year of high school, she found herself homeless for a week, sleeping on park benches and showering in the school gym before anyone else came in until a friend’s parent found her and offered her safe shelter. Read more
The image says it all. Winter is here and the White Walkers have arrived. No, that is not a snow hole you see in Capital Weather Gang’s update. As a friend, one sage M.A. Mulligan put it on Facebook, “They ran out of scary colors and just left our area white. Like snow.” Read more
At NEW we are no stranger to the numbers or the gravity of homelessness in the DC region. We see it every day in the nation’s capital. Especially this time of year — huddled under found layers, and trying for warmth over Metro grates. And yet, yesterday, we couldn’t help having what’s called a “driveway moment” in the radio business. It happened when we tuned into The Kojo Nnamdi show, where the conversation was about how Montgomery County, MD has effectively ended veteran homelessness. Read more
New Endeavors by Women recognizes the outstanding service of Board Chair, Anne Raffaelli, whose term comes to a close at the end of 2015, after 23 years.
As a non-profit organization, the work of our Board Members is incredibly valuable to the success of our organization. Thank you to Anne for her hard work, generous support, and commitment to building a strong and effective organization. Through her tireless efforts, strategic thinking and innovative ideas, NEW has grown immensely.
We’re so grateful for her service and dedication to NEW, our mission, and our programs! We’ll miss you!
Eight fun and energetic volunteers from Bessemer Trust helped spearhead our second holiday decorating party at New Endeavors by Women’s N Street headquarters this past weekend. The Bessemer group brought cookies, decorations, crafts supplies and lots of good cheer to our residents and some of their children. Read more