Letter From the Executive Director – June

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.


Wanda Steptoe
Executive Director

This letter was featured in our latest newsletter.

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It’s been a challenging time for all of us as we adjust our days, our budgets and our expectations to COVID-19. And now, add a city and country grasping for footing after the death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer and we all feel even more out of control, unstable, and concerned about the future. Here at NEW we know that one way we can process our own feelings is to think about the needs and feelings of others.

We need you. The women need you. Your community needs you. Now more than ever women and children in DC need a safe and stable place to live.