Not everybody can relate to our homeless clients. But Denise Ziegler has a story that serves as inspiration.
Denise, 53, is the lead case manager at New Horizons, which currently serves 17 families with single mothers. Her team provides case management services, home visits, and community meetings.
On Saturday, June 24, she got her associate’s degree in business administration from Strayer University.
Denise began working at NEW in 2008 as support staff on the weekends, while she was working on weekdays as an administrative assistant. Her other job recommended that in order to advance she go back to school, so she did. Read more
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
Annette Dupre sounds happy on the phone. You can hear her smile, and feel the easy humor that comes through. This, despite having lived a lot more in 40-something years than most of us do in a lifetime.
Dupre, a licensed massage therapist in Georgia, is a NEW alum who had already grappled with homelessness when she first arrived at our doors at the end of 2009. In junior year of high school, she found herself homeless for a week, sleeping on park benches and showering in the school gym before anyone else came in until a friend’s parent found her and offered her safe shelter. Read more
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.