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

Come In Out Of The Cold – Join Us At Beau Thai

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It’s like we have great timing or something. Here it is, well into spring, with cherry blossoms come and gone, and lo and behold—a cold snap, complete with a frost advisory. Just in time for our next fundraising happy hour tonight!

Join us at either Beau Thai location, 5 – 10 pm, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. 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!

 

Holiday Decorating Party a Success!

From Bessemer Trust: Rachael Noonan, Kathryn Gaffin, Thomas Bell, Patrick Boyle, Charlie York, John Quinn, Marla Lincolnfelter, and Vanesa Hernandez.

Eight fun and energetic volunteers from Bessemer Trust helped spearhead our second holiday decorating party at New Endeavors by Women’s N Street headquarters this past weekend. The Bessemer group brought cookies, decorations, crafts supplies and lots of good cheer to our residents and some of their children. Read more

NEW Receives Grant from TJX Foundation

Darren Nicholson, a T.J. Maxx manager in Washington, DC, presents the check to NEW Executive Director Wanda Steptoe.

The TJX Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to New Endeavors by Women. The primary mission of The TJX Foundation is to support U.S.-based programs that provide basic-needs services to disadvantaged children, women and families in communities where we do business.

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