NEW’s 2014-15 Annual Program Report

NEW Alum, Brenda Brooks (image by Christine Pearl - all rights reserved)

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.

They were, are, people with education, families, homes, jobs. They are people who did everything not to get to the street, and now, do everything to get off the street. They are people who have focus, are very capable of advocating for themselves, and are working hard to turn the corner. They are us. As Brenda Brooks, a NEW alum, and a featured story in our latest annual report says in her poem:

Ever care who I am?

Ever care what you see?

Was once like you

Done up nice.

NEW’s complete 2014-2015 annual report is now online.

Image: Brenda Brooks (image by Christine Pearl – all rights reserved)

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.