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

“Where Does The Money Go?”

“Where does the money go?”

It’s a fair question for donors to ask, one we’re happy to answer! The numbers are stark. Humbling, really, for those of us who do not go without. Even if we’re on a budget. Read more