What now? A letter from our Executive Director

I would be hard pressed to find anyone right now who hasn’t felt the stress of the last week. These times continue to be unprecedented, and even though the ballots have finally all been counted and the winner named, the country remains divided and our problems numerous. Because we know the kind of giving people you are, you might be wondering:

“What can I do to make it better?”

Supporters like you have already done so much to add goodness to our NEW community and beyond. Because of your generosity of heart and your giving spirit, we have continued to be able to serve almost 200 women and children through the pandemic including 27 new women and 3 children. NEW is small enough that you really do have a direct impact on the lives of the women NEW serves. We are so impressed that despite all that is going on, we have been able to rely on you and you have shown up virtually, financially and so thoughtfully with brightly colored bags full of goodies for our women. You have provided the caring and hope that the world has needed during these challenging times.

What now? Our work continues as our case managers every day help women step by step regain control of their lives, even in a pandemic. Like you, the NEW staff is a bright spot in a dark time and seeing them care for the women brings me so much joy.

We all need to take a breath and find a little peace, even if just for a moment, before we can find the energy to continue to care for the most vulnerable women in our city. Together, with good people like you in our community, city, and country, we can help women in need, help end homelessness and help put a little good back into the world.

Email Moira if you would like to virtually volunteer as a pen pal to one of our women, or if you have an idea about a virtual workshop or game night.

Or donate here.


Wanda Steptoe
Executive Director
New Endeavors by Women

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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.