Join Us For BKK Cookshop’s Terrific Tuesday on 2/21/2017

$10 a month will buy healthy snacks for our after school program.We asked, and you responded. If you are one of loyal supporters who has become a a sustaining giver and a Partner for the Future  through our monthly giving program — THANK YOU!

You can give at any level, from $10 to $100 per month. And every dollar counts. Did you know that $10 a month — roughly 30 cents a day — will buy after-school snacks for one of the kids in our after school programs? It’s a small act of kindness that can make all the difference to a family trying to keep a kid in school.

We are grateful for your support, whether it is $.30 or $30 a day. Which is why we’d like to invite you to come to a fun event.

BKK Cookshop (1700 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001) is hosting us at one of their Terrific Tuesday fundraisers! February 21, 2017 from 5 – 10 pm.  

BKK will generously donate 10% of dine-in dinner sales to NEW. Please do come, bring your friends, and spread the word.

Want an incentive? Feast your eyes.

You eat well, and have fun while supporting the women and children at NEW. What’s not to love? It’s a win-win, and we’d love to see you there.

Please join us! February 21, 2017 from 5 – 10 pm, at BKK Cookshop, 1700 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Partners For The Future

Partners For The Future
monthlygivingThe world carries on, the winter sets in, and all of us await spring. But the women and children of NEW don’t wait for a fresh start — because there is no time like the present to build a new future!

 

We’ve also learned that it’s the small acts that matter. They don’t just keep hope alive, they help with that first concrete step toward a new beginning. And they’re possible — for everyone. It’s a bit like the new year’s resolutions. By February, losing X pounds/exercising everyday/eating healthy seems like a combination of joyless and impossible. But keeping that one soda away at lunch is doable. Taking the stairs is not impossible. The small things keep us going.

 

For the people in our care, the small things make all the difference — like the Metro cards you sent after the Women’s March and the Valentine cards now arriving. Your small acts enable the people at NEW to keep moving.

 

So let’s make a lasting difference together. Become a sustaining giver this year. Join our Partners for the Future monthly giving program. You might forego a couple of skinny lattes in order to sign up to donate $10 a month. It’s a small action, but it compounds to a big impact for a homeless woman or child.

 

Here’s to Partners for the Future – and that first step!

 

Join us!

Will You Help Support YEP! On Giving Tuesday 2016?

A note from Wanda Steptoe, NEW’s executive director:

Right now, our staff and residents are doing what you probably are too — gearing up for Thanksgiving.

Some of those residents are kids — infants, toddlers, and teens. And I cannot tell you what joy they bring to the room! Which it is why it pains me to tell you that we have lost funding for the Youth Enrichment Program, YEP!, the one NEW program designed to provide academic support and life skills to our youth residents. Read more

Thank You, Bank Of America!

Tamara Gifford, VP/Community Relations Manager of Greater Washington, DC presents the check to NEW Executive Director Wanda Steptoe.The Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently awarded us a $15,000 grant. We’re excited about this new partnership with Bank of America, which understands the power of making connections in the communities in which they live and work.

Every penny counts as we seek to meet the women — and their families — who come to us, where they are, and as they need, in their path from homelessness to shelter and new beginnings.

Thank you!

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NEW Alum Finally Graduates, Inspires Own Kids To Continue Education

Belinda Whitfield holds up her diploma on graduation day - at long last!
                          Belinda on Graduation Day!

Here’s what the staff at NEW will tell you: Some homeless people may be a bit too broken to put back together. But a large number are no any different than you and me. The difference is they didn’t have someone to help them back up in time after the last hurdle. They’re fully aware of what needs to be done to resolve their situation. They just haven’t had a chance to catch their breath yet because they’re too busy surviving. And through it all, they remain determined and hard working, and value an education if they don’t have one.

In other words, they’re like Belinda Whitfield. Read more

Cynthia Rowe: Busting Stereotypes, Doing The Work, And Prevailing

image courtesy of Andrea Vallejos/Flickr Creative Commons
image courtesy of Andrea Vallejos/Flickr Creative Commons

Cynthia Rowe — who will be recognized with the NEW Light Alumna Award at our gala next month — busts many stereotypes that persist about the homeless. She is educated, has a daughter about to graduate college, worked at big name companies that provided retirement plans. She comes from a large family with whom she is still very much in touch. And although she may not have had a consistent roof over her head while homeless, she was never without safe shelter. “I couch-surfed,” she says matter-of-factly.

So what is her story? How does someone with that many factors in favor of stability come to NEW? Read more

Anne Raffaelli: “We all deserve dignity.”

Former NEW executive director, Mary Popit doesn’t mince words about the woman who will be honored with the award that bears her name. “Without Anne, NEW could have fallen apart.” She’s speaking, of course, about Anne Raffaelli, a longtime supporter and former board chair of NEW. She stepped down in December 2015 after more than 23 years of service, and is this year’s recipient of the Mary Popit Partner in Caring Award.

Anne Raffaelli
Anne Raffaelli, 2016

Mary says Anne brought a “stick-to-it-iveness” to NEW that has sustained the organization. “You have to have a good staff AND a good board that offers oversight, and makes sure you see the bigger picture. You can’t have one without the other. Anne was instrumental in making sure that happened.” Wanda Steptoe, NEW’s current executive director – who took over from Mary describes Anne more succinctly: “Committed, passionate, caring.”

Anne says she was simply doing her job as a board member, being an “asker in chief,” and asking the questions that needed to be asked. “Because it’s what a board should do.” Read more

Moving Out Of Homelessness 2016

2016NEWGalaBoxDid you get the Save the Date card to our annual fundraising event? Because we’d love to see you there!

NEW will hold our annual gala, Moving Out Of Homelessness, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, October 25, 2016 at the Marriot Marquis in Washington, DC (901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001). Read more