Holiday Decorating Party a Success!

From Bessemer Trust: Rachael Noonan, Kathryn Gaffin, Thomas Bell, Patrick Boyle, Charlie York, John Quinn, Marla Lincolnfelter, and Vanesa Hernandez.

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

New Horizons Makeover!

Nearly 200 volunteers from the nonprofit, My Girlfriend’s House, staged a multi-day makeover of NEW’s New Horizons housing program for homeless women and children.

In their largest makeover project to date, My Girlfriend’s House removed old furniture, cleaned, painted, and decorated New Horizons to make it more livable and welcoming for the 17 families and 45 children currently in residence. Volunteers put in a special effort to make the facility and an adjoining backyard more child-friendly and better landscaped. Read more

Helping Women Achieve Success at NEW

_DSC_8402 copyThe Need is Great: There is a tremendous documented–and growing–need in the District of Columbia for the unique services that NEW provides. Our unique approach to service meets every woman where she is, and helps her chart and follow a path to where she wants to be.  Housing is only the beginning at NEW. Our intensive, holistic services focus on developing personal stability and goal setting; furthering education and employment; strengthening families; and developing healthy coping skills. For example, residents of New Transitions and New Journeys gather together for a weekly, summer exercise class.  Read more

NEW Welcomes Christina Kane to the Board

KANE christinaJoin us in welcoming Christina Kane to NEW’s Board of Directors. A fourth-generation Washingtonian, Christina practices real estate law, with experience in HUD insured real estate closings. She has past restaurant experience, loves cooking and the outdoors, and lives in the District of Columbia with her boyfriend and cat, Beans.  Read more

NEW welcomes Anika Harden to the Board

Anika HardenWe are excited to welcome Anika Harden to our Board of Directors!

Anika is a native of Washington, DC. She has worked in communications and public relations for the past seven years, most recently at Graham Holdings (aka The Washington Post Company). Prior to that, she worked in development at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and as an English teacher in Kumamoto, Japan. Anika is also an actor and holds a degree in film production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has served as a volunteer English teacher at Washington English Center and as a workshop assistant at Respectful Confrontation.

Join us in welcoming Anika to the Board!

Our YEP! Program serves youth

ER-Class-session-2Now in its second year, our Youth Enrichment Program (YEP!) provides academic support and life skills development to our youth residents in grades 1 to 8. The program is funded largely by a generous grant from the Freddie Mac Foundation/Children and Family Legacy Fund.

YEP! utilizes the Early Risers “Skills for Success” model to engage children in parents in the children’s scholastic achievement, especially reading and math, as well as their social growth. YEP! operates during the school year and summer months, giving children a full year of support and enrichment activities. Read more

Partners outfit our ladies for new jobs

NEW is proud to announce two recent partnerships to help working residents meet their clothing needs and more. We recently became a Dress for Success referral agency, and we established a wonderful relationship with Open Door Baptist Church located in Southeast Washington, DC. Read more

Sistah Queens help us open a Resource Pantry

sistah-queens-groupWe are so grateful for the continued support and partnership of the Sistah Queens. Sistah Queens is a membership group of more than 100 women from the DC area and across the country, who are dedicated to uplifting and empowering women. Last year, the group hosted a wonderful daylong women’s empowerment mini-conference for our residents, and since then, they have volunteered as mentors. Recognizing that many NEW residents, despite having an income, still struggle to sustain a household, the Sistah Queens group set out on a mission to help. Read more

MVP Appreciation Luncheon – September 26

mvp-programNEW recently hosted an Appreciation Luncheon to celebrate our MVP Class of 2012 and to recognize our many community partners and volunteers who helped make this year’s program a great success for our residents. MVP (Mentor Volunteer Program) pairs ten residents with employment mentors, and provides an array of support services, tools and resources for more than 40 NEW residents who are on the road to gaining employment or growing in their careers. The luncheon was held on September 26, 2012 at THEARC in Southeast Washington. Read more