NEW Alum and Board Member Shares Inspiring Story on NBC4 News

NEW Alum and Board Member Shares Inspiring Story on NBC4 News

Recently, NEW Alum and Board Member Petrina Williams graduated with a master’s degree in Social Work from The Catholic University of America. Her inspiring story from homelessness to graduate school was featured by Meagan Fitzgerald of NBC4 Washington.  Read more

More Than One Way To Be Generous – Thank You Clean Kits!

Clean Kit makes a donation to NEW
Clean Kits makes a donation to NEW

In a region full of overachievers, Areej Khan and Palak Shah still impress with the generosity and magnitude of their clear-eyed vision.

Khan and Shah are high school seniors who saw the need and came up with the idea of Clean Kits. They now regularly collect, assemble, and donate hygiene kits to homeless women. Which is how we met them—they approached and donated 170 kits, each containing a bar of soap and 10 tampons and pads. 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

“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

Give To NEW’s 2016 Spring Challenge By May 18 And Win Nats Tickets

Washington_NationalsOur executive director, Wanda Steptoe said something moving last month when the first shoots of determined green emerged in the first flush of spring. “Like the tulips,” she said, “the women of are always pushing forward insistently, bent on showing their beauty and thriving in the world around us.” Read more

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 alumna, 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!