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.”
Indeed, these women are indomitable. Petrina Williams, Annette Dupre, Brenda Brooks, Teela Robinson. Every one of them, like the hundreds of NEW alumna before and after them, has survived incredible odds to rebuild their lives. And thrive.
NEW is praised for our part in their journey, for meeting these women where they are in their path out of homelessness and toward stability. As more than one supporter and alumna has said, the programs at NEW help clients do the hard-nosed work required to get to the next step of stability.
But we look at it differently. We think it’s NEW’s privilege to witness and walk and work with these women. It is our privilege to help these women re-build their families. It is our honor to stand by the women, because they’re the ones who have to do the hard work of rebuilding themselves before they can re-unite with their children.
But the challenge is steep and we cannot do it without you. You help us, more than you realize, to keep NEW’s programs funded and healthy enough to sustain the women and children who come to us through the year.
Which is why we are asking you to join our Spring 2016 Challenge.
Generously funded by our former Board Chair, Anne Raffaelli, and her husband, John, the Spring Challenge will match all your support—dollar for dollar—through June 30, 2016. For every dollar you give, the Raffaellis will match your donation.
So far, we have raised $10,345. Can you help us get to $30K by June 30?
Every one of your dollars is critical to keeping doors and resources open at NEW, to help more Petrinas reunite with their children, more Brendas get their lives back on track, more Annettes become entrepreneurs. Furthermore, your support helps us provide more than the basics. For example:
- $100 supports a homeless woman in two employment and/or educational workshops
- $250 furnishes an apartment with linens, towels, dishes, pots and pans for two women escaping homelessness
- $500 feeds 10 homeless families for three weeks
- $1000 provides homework help and weekend enrichment activities for 24 homeless children for one month
- $1500 funds an apartment for a homeless family of five for two months
Please give today. You can give by check to 611 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 or online.
One more thing! We’ll sweeten the deal if you give between now and May 18—with a great pair of baseball tickets!
It’s the Nats vs. the Mets on May 24. Seats are located in Section 117 behind the Visitor’s dugout and include parking. These are excellent seats, courtesy of Anne and Rudy de Leon!
Give $100 or more to our Spring Challenge between now and May 18. The donor’s name goes in the hat. The winner may be you or one of your friends.
NEW draws the winner who gets this terrific night out at Nats Park for a game that should be a closely watched contest.
Won’t you please spread the word to your family, friends and colleagues? All proceeds go to support more than 200 homeless women and children NEW will serve this year. And all new donations will be matched dollar for dollar. Your support matters so much!
On behalf of the women we serve, and who you support, Thank You.