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
Our 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
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
We know it doesn’t take much, and yet, we are always surprised how little separates us from the homeless—a job loss, medical bills, a bad marriage. It can happen to anyone of us. Then we get to know the people whose fortunes took a poor turn. And we realize they aren’t always troubled people who were already on thin ice. Read more
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!
We want to thank our generous sponsors and patrons for making our 2015 Moving Out of Homelessness event possible and for showing their support for New Endeavors By Women’s programs and services and their commitment to ending the cycle of homelessness. Read more
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