“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.
The cheapest coffee at Starbucks? Your mileage may vary, but at roughly $2 a pop, $100 will get you about 50 cups of coffee — one a week for a year for even the most frugal. And tuition for a homeless woman in two workshops that will give her a leg up while job hunting.
Maybe you have a bit more to go around so you invest in yourself with two newspaper subscriptions? At $250, or less than 70 cents a day, that’s your indispensable daily morning news feed. It’ll also outfit a kitchen, so that a new tenant has a home that functions.
We could continue, but you probably get the point: It doesn’t take a lot to make a difference for the women and children at NEW.
Every day, small things make a long-term difference. What may seem like a small step to you takes NEW’s women and their children a much longer way than you could possibly imagine. Because your donation is often the difference between their going the distance or losing hope. This is especially true for children.
As we’ve mentioned before, the summer is a particularly hard time for kids who are homeless. Apart from an education, school is one of the few stable places in their lives, with predictable routines, and a source of nutrition. It’s a place where they’re simply allowed to be kids. When school is out of session, it’s one less respite from the unpredictability of homelessness. That’s where we come in.
NEW houses and nurtures children, as well as providing fun and educational summer activities for kids through YEP! — Youth Enrichment program. YEP! and our other support services for the entire family create a better opportunity for success for the children. And it’s where a $1,000 donation — $2.75 a day, cheaper than your average daily round-trip metro fare — makes a priceless difference.
As affordable housing becomes ever more scarce, NEW is determined to help women and their children end the cycle of homelessness and build new futures. We can do it quicker with your help. We hope you’ll help us make a lasting difference. Please consider becoming a sustaining, monthly donor. And be sure to join us in October for our annual gala. Tickets are on sale now.