NEW Alum Petrina Williams: “I Chose Joy.”

Petrina Williams, with her son Jordan Alexander Williams

The words “remarkable” and “survivor” routinely apply to NEW alumna. Even so, Petrina Williams breaks the mold. Like many NEW aluma, Williams, now a NEW board member, has been through challenges that would fell the rest of us. Yet as she talks about her experiences with matter-of-fact honesty, she radiates happiness and a joy for living. For example, her outgoing voicemail message, where you can practically hear her smile, invites you to “Have a great day—on purpose!” No doubt, it is that upbeat attitude that has carried Williams through life. And what a life it has been.  Read more

NEW Board Chair Retires After 23 Years of Service

Wanda Steptoe with Anne Raffaelli

New Endeavors by Women recognizes the outstanding service of Board Chair, Anne Raffaelli, whose term comes to a close at the end of 2015, after 23 years.

As a non-profit organization, the work of our Board Members is incredibly valuable to the success of our organization. Thank you to Anne for her hard work, generous support, and commitment to building a strong and effective organization. Through her tireless efforts, strategic thinking and innovative ideas, NEW has grown immensely.

We’re so grateful for her service and dedication to NEW, our mission, and our programs! We’ll miss you!

 

New Horizons Makeover!

Nearly 200 volunteers from the nonprofit, My Girlfriend’s House, staged a multi-day makeover of NEW’s New Horizons housing program for homeless women and children.

In their largest makeover project to date, My Girlfriend’s House removed old furniture, cleaned, painted, and decorated New Horizons to make it more livable and welcoming for the 17 families and 45 children currently in residence. Volunteers put in a special effort to make the facility and an adjoining backyard more child-friendly and better landscaped. Read more

Helping Women Achieve Success at NEW

_DSC_8402 copyThe 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

NEW Welcomes Christina Kane to the Board

KANE christinaJoin 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

611 N Street Ribbon Cutting

NEW Moves Back to 611 N Street: Organization and City Leaders Celebrate Opening of Newly Constructed Women’s Supportive Housing Facility

(Washington, DC)—On March 4th, New Endeavors by Women (NEW) board members, staff and residents were joined by Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Department of Human Services Director (DHS) David Berns, Department of General Services (DGS) Director Brian Hanlon and DHS and DGS staff to celebrate the opening of the newly constructed transitional housing and permanent supportive housing facility at 611 N Street NW. Read more

Picture Perfect Photo Shoot

elizabeth, our photographer Six NEW residents and program graduates recently participated in a beautiful portrait session with photographer Elizabeth Dranitzke of Photopia. We held the session in the lovely, tranquil space at Tabula Rasa on Barracks Row. The portraits will grace the walls in community areas of our new 611 N Street building, scheduled to open in December 2012.  Read more

Sistah Queens help us open a Resource Pantry

sistah-queens-groupWe are so grateful for the continued support and partnership of the Sistah Queens. Sistah Queens is a membership group of more than 100 women from the DC area and across the country, who are dedicated to uplifting and empowering women. Last year, the group hosted a wonderful daylong women’s empowerment mini-conference for our residents, and since then, they have volunteered as mentors. Recognizing that many NEW residents, despite having an income, still struggle to sustain a household, the Sistah Queens group set out on a mission to help. Read more