It was a novel idea 30 years ago: Give people more than a bed for the night, give them a chance for a brighter future. In 1988 in DC, most shelters were only emergency shelters, meaning at 7 p.m., people could get dinner and a place to sleep, but by 7 a.m. the next morning, everyone had to be out, dragging all their belongings with them. There were some daytime drop in centers here and there, “but if you were trying to get your life together and find a job, it wasn’t exactly an easy thing,” said Mary Popit, who was the Executive Director of NEW from 1996-2005.
A group of women, including Mary Ann Luby, working in the emergency shelters for women saw this problem first-hand and decided to do something about it. They asked city officials if they could start a transitional housing program, giving women a place to live for three months, allowing them more time to get their lives in order.
The city gave them 611 N Street and some money and the story goes that on July 4, 1988, these women were making up four beds. The next day, four women came through NEW’s doors with a desire to get their lives back on track. Each one got a case manager, an education consultant, an employment professional and a housing professional.
Today’s forecast – high of 30, if we’re lucky. Come in from the cold, and join us for a happy hour at Sudhouse DC from 4 – 8 pm. 5 percent of your food and drink purchase at happy hour will go towards New Endeavors by Women Read more
The Need is Great: There is a tremendous documented–and growing–need in the District of Columbia for the unique services that NEW provides. Our unique approach to service meets every woman where she is, and helps her chart and follow a path to where she wants to be. Housing is only the beginning at NEW. Our intensive, holistic services focus on developing personal stability and goal setting; furthering education and employment; strengthening families; and developing healthy coping skills. For example, residents of New Transitions and New Journeys gather together for a weekly, summer exercise class. Read more
Join us in welcoming Christina Kane to NEW’s Board of Directors. A fourth-generation Washingtonian, Christina practices real estate law, with experience in HUD insured real estate closings. She has past restaurant experience, loves cooking and the outdoors, and lives in the District of Columbia with her boyfriend and cat, Beans. Read more
Join New Endeavors on Wednesday, June 17 at Beau Thai (SHAW) for happy hour benefitting NEW. Beau Thai has created a refreshing NEW drink to quench your thirst and help the homeless. Order the NEW drink during Happy Hour and all day and night on Wednesday, June 17 and all proceeds go to New Endeavors By Women to support housing and programs for homeless women and families. Hope to see you there.
NEW recently hosted an Appreciation Luncheon to celebrate our MVP Class of 2012 and to recognize our many community partners and volunteers who helped make this year’s program a great success for our residents. MVP (Mentor Volunteer Program) pairs ten residents with employment mentors, and provides an array of support services, tools and resources for more than 40 NEW residents who are on the road to gaining employment or growing in their careers. The luncheon was held on September 26, 2012 at THEARC in Southeast Washington. Read more
On October 3rd, Full Citizenship of Maryland, Inc. (FCI) will host a community walk to benefit NEW, as part of the Help the Homeless Program. The FCI walk begins at 10AM and all are welcome to sign up and participate. For more information, and to sign up for the FCI walk, visit the walk event page: www.hthwalks.org/goto/fciwalk. To learn more about how you can help us in the 2012 Help the Homeless Walk Program, visit our Walk for NEW website: www.walkfornew.org. We appreciate your support!
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.