MVP Appreciation Luncheon – September 26

mvp-programNEW recently hosted an Appreciation Luncheon to celebrate our MVP Class of 2012 and to recognize our many community partners and volunteers who helped make this year’s program a great success for our residents. MVP (Mentor Volunteer Program) pairs ten residents with employment mentors, and provides an array of support services, tools and resources for more than 40 NEW residents who are on the road to gaining employment or growing in their careers. The luncheon was held on September 26, 2012 at THEARC in Southeast Washington.

During the program we recognized the hard work of our residents, along with ten community partners and volunteers who received awards for their ongoing support and dedication. Tecoy Bailey, MVP participant and NEW resident, shared her experience and expressed gratitude for the MVP program’s impact on her search for employment.

Our volunteers and community partners lead workshops, host seminars, provide mentorship and inspiration to equip our residents with the skills, tools and knowledge they need to find employment, keep employment, grow in their chosen fields, or find a new career. We recognized:

  • Carl Vogel Center
  • Gregory Burnette
  • Alexandra Bryant of Goodwill Industries
  • Sista Queens
  • Sarah Riley of DC Central Kitchen
  • Grubb’s Pharmacy
  • ImageWorks
  • Ballou S.T.A.Y.
  • Health Write
  • Nicole Jefferson of Caressence Massage

MVP is funded by a generous grant from an Anonymous donor who, to date, has provided over $100,000 to fund the program.  Now entering its third year, MVP has proven an innovative and successful program for assisting residents in finding and sustaining employment. Over 80% of  participants remain employed for at least six months, with most maintaining jobs for at least one year. Over 90% of participants reach their educational goals and seek employment through MVP. The average wage earned by MVP participants is over $12 per hour. For more information about our MVP program, or to request information about volunteering, please contact us.

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.