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.
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.
Our top current needs and projects…
Homelessness Volunteer Training
St. Leo Homelessness Workgroup is partnering with New Connections to offer volunteer training for people working to reduce – and mitigate the effects of – homelessness and poverty in Pierce County. Workshops will be taking place through March.
Panel on Women in Criminal Justice System
On June 2, New Connections will join a panel at the Washington Supreme Court Symposium, addressing reentry, conditions of confinement, and collateral consequences of criminal justice involvement for women and girls, particularly women and girls of color. Click below for info and livestream link.
Toiletries + Donations for Those in Need
We are collecting towels, travel-sized toiletries, socks, paper products and feminine hygiene products for Tacoma area hygiene programs for our neighbors living homeless. Contact us to help, or if you are starting up a distribution program and need supplies.
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.