About

Board of Directors

Marian Snyder, Chair
Jack Johnson, Vice Chair, Treasurer
Sandra Ruthven, Secretary
Hector Ortiz, Trustee
Deanna King, Trustee

Vision/Mission/Values

History

Vision
A community that supports recovery, renewal and re-entry after prison.

Mission
New Connections is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency dedicated to helping people successfully re-enter the community after prison. To achieve this mission, New Connections provides:

  • Pre-release support
  • Clean and sober transitional housing
  • Intensive case management
  • Skill-building opportunities
  • Advocacy and referral services

Values
At New Connections, we:

  • Uphold a person’s right to dignity and self-enhancement
  • Welcome and value diversity of people, ideas, cultures and spiritual traditions
  • Believe in the value of community partnerships
  • Treat all with respect, compassion, honesty and humanity
  • Operate with integrity, accountability and professionalism
  • Believe that each of us holds the potential for positive change

History
New Connections began as an outreach ministry for ex-offenders under the auspices of the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Sharing the vision of housing and re-entry services for women leaving prison, the Tacoma Catholic Worker Community enlisted volunteers to renovate the house in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood specifically to meet the needs of this program.

The Irma Gary Transitional House — owned by the Tacoma Catholic Worker and named for its former owner — became the primary program of New Connections and the first resident was welcomed in the fall of 2001. In 2004, New Connections became an independent 501 (c) (3) organization and continues to welcome women as they begin the process of rebuilding their lives. The house can accommodate up to six women.

Ann Flagg Cottage is also owned by the Tacoma Catholic Worker and New Connections welcomed the first family into the program in 2013. This small, 2-bedroom home provides shelter for women with minor children who face obstacles to housing based on criminal background.

Founded in 1989, the Tacoma Catholic Worker community includes the Guadalupe House, satellite houses and the Guadalupe Gardens. Community members welcome, support and mentor Irma Gary House and Ann Flagg Cottage residents in their return to community life.