Fresh Starts for Women

Women face many challenges returning to society after incarceration. 

New Connections offers them safe housing in a welcoming community. With advocacy, networking, and resource coaching, we are a charitable nonprofit that supports women taking steps toward a successful transition.


Women’s Shelters

Supportive recovery shelters for women experiencing homelessness who have recently been released from correctional facilities in Washington State, including a cottage for those with custody of children. Apply here. 

Reentry 101 & Resource Navigation

Pre-release program to identify needs and offer community resources for those currently incarcerated, as well as reentry and resource coaching, and peer navigator assistance.

Advocacy & Community Outreach

Partnering with others to increase community safety, reduce recidivism, and eliminate barriers to success for formerly incarcerated individuals and their families.

Front Burner

Our top current needs and projects…

Fabulous Finds

In this benefit for New Connections, shop for unique accessories that are easy on the pocketbook and the planet! You’ll find a wide range of gently-used jewelry, scarves, shoes, belts, ties, and other accessories. Check out our children’s corner, the sports-fan table, and find a little something for your 4-legged friends at our pet accessories nook!

New in 2023: Joe’s Tool Shed (tool & hardware bargains)!

August 11th and 12th
10am-7pm both days
Immanuel Presbyterian Church (Fellowship Hall)
901 North J Street, Tacoma, WA  98403
Follow the signs to the doors facing the parking lot behind the church.

Homelessness Volunteer Training

Attend a volunteer training for people working to reduce – and mitigate the effects of – homelessness and poverty in Pierce County.

Organized by St. Leo Homelessness Workgroup with New Connections.

Our Commitment to Anti-Racism

At New Connections, we recognize our participation in the systemic racism that is deeply rooted in the history of this country. We are committed to using our resources to address the impacts of both interpersonal and institutional racism.  We will partner with people of color and others who are working to interrupt the cycle of incarceration, poverty, homelessness, and recidivism that disproportionately impacts communities of color. We can build an America where the police do not kill people and where the fact that Black lives matter is acknowledged as a simple, indisputable truth.

    We are a Community Partner for the Emergency Temporary Aid & Sheltering Initiative

    As part of the City of Tacoma initiative in response to state of public health emergency, New Connections contributes to this effort through: 

    • Outreach to justice-involved people who are experiencing homelessness 
    • Establishing tools and capacity for continued advocacy and resource mentoring for unsheltered people and those staying in Tacoma emergency shelters
    • Planning team participant for the Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness’ Safe Shelter Summits, in partnership with Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards, and member of the Summit Follow-up and Winter Shelter Committee working to end street homelessness in Tacoma by November 2021.