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.
The pieces don’t fall into place for everyone, though. That is why we have the New Journeys program, which offers permanent supportive housing to seniors who have made progress but cannot make it to that last step of independent living on their own. Did you know that NEW is one of the few places in the region to offer such a program? We do because, as our newest Board Members – Jessica Sanderson and Roderick Johnson – both emphasize: We are all better off when everyone has a roof over their head.
It doesn’t take a lot to support NEW. Palak Shah and Areej Khan of Clean Kits demonstrated that with their concept of a reusable bag with a bar of soap and ten tampons and pads. The cost is very low, but it goes a long way to offering a measure of dignity to someone who lacks shelter.
You too, can help—at any level that you are comfortable with. Become a Partner for the Future at www.nebw.org/give and see how our staff is helping build new futures.
This letter was featured in our latest newsletter.