NC Facebook Fundraiser

Greetings friends and neighbors! This is the time of year New Connections holds our annual Spring fundraiser. However, as we all know, this year is unprecedented. As we follow stay-at-home orders and practice social distancing we are trying something new! This year we are asking for donations via Facebook Fundraiser.


2020 UNGUARDED Artists Art Auction

UNGUARDED Artists Art Auction is an initiative of Numbers 2 Names. Their first auction was held in 2018 to raise funds for the Red Cross to aid hurricane victims. Bates Technical College sponsored the 2018 event. The incarcerated artists receive no compensation for their creative works; instead they designate a particular community need to be funded by all profits from the event.

The money raised this year will go to the YWCA’s shelter programs and domestic violence programming in King, Snohomish, Pierce and Kitsap counties. This year the event is sponsored by the Combined Fund Drive and the Community Partnership for Transition Services of Pierce County. With the full support of the Washington State Department of Corrections, incarcerated artists are donating their art for the second UNGUARDED Artists Art Auction.

There will be art to bid on, both silent and live auctions, affordable direct-buy pieces, jewelry and more. The 2020 event promises to be an entertaining and a moving evening that supports the important work of the YWCA. Come and be inspired!

99 Stocking Project: Thank You

Thank you for the contributors who provided all of the resources and time that made the Second Annual 99 Stocking Project a success. Many helped gather items, knit hats, cut out fleece scarves, create toiletry kits, assemble stockings, and deliver the stockings to the Beacon Young Adult Shelter and the Stability Site on Christmas Eve. Thanks also to the Puyallup PNW Insurance Group for providing space for the stocking assembly, additional donations, and pizza for the volunteers!

Numbers 2 Names Partnership

We excited to announce that New Connections became the fiscal sponsor of Numbers 2 Names on April 3!   Numbers to Names (N2N) is a group of dedicated activists who build bridges between people who have been incarcerated or impacted by incarceration and communities that want to understand and humanize the impact of the mass industrialized prison complex.

Signing the fiscal sponsorship agreement:  Thrett Brown, Jessica Means, Theresa Power-Drutis, and Sam Tower.

N2N has three program priorities:  Participatory Defense, Dynamic Speakers, and Unguarded – Incarcerated Artists Art Auction. Follow them on FaceBook

Celebrate Community! August 6th

National Night Out in our Hilltop Urban Village

Click here for the event flyer & more information

Each year – on the first Tuesday in August – we celebrate this community that includes shelters, churches, service providers, businesses, community gardens, and homes. Some of us live in apartments, or houses, or cars; some are unsheltered. Some live in other parts of the city or are just passing through. All are neighbors; all are welcome!

We’ll Supply:  Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Veggie-Burgers & all the fixin’s

Neighbors and friends: please let us know if you can bring salads, sides, cold (non-alcoholic) beverages, or desserts to add to the feast.  Set-up begins at 4 PM, take-down at 7:30 PM.

Can you help? Contact Theresa at or 253.617.1405

Spring Bling Fling! April 5 & 6, 2019

Our first Spring Bling Fling was a blast!  New Connections staff, program participants, and volunteers transformed the Social Hall of Immanuel Presbyterian Church into an magical boutique of lightly used and utterly beautiful jewelry, shoes, purses, scarves, ties, toys and unique accessories.  Thanks to our shoppers, we raised funds for our programs and had a lot of fun.  This is an event not to be missed, so stay tuned for next year’s Spring Fling, and pop-up events throughout the year.  Here’s our FaceBook album.

Punishment and Penance – Ask a person who’s been incarcerated

New Connection Program Manager, Jessica Means, participated in a panel discussion hosted by KUOW FM in Seattle on March 10.   Read the transcript.


Reentry Simulation Workshop

Women ‘n’ Blues

The Trevalyan Triangle

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Blues Vespers presented Women ‘n’ Blues, a special concert in support of New Connections’ shelter and reentry services for formerly incarcerated women.  We welcomed TheTrevalyan Triangle, a band of great local artists: Leanne Trevalyan, Peter Pendras, Rachel Williamson, Barbra Blue, and Chris Leighton.

 Neighborhood Ornament Party

Free Ornament Making Event
Sunday, November 5, 2017
11 am – 3 pm

Guadalupe House: 1417 S. G street, Tacoma, 98405

Join New Connections for hot cider and cookies. You’re welcome to make ornaments for the holiday market, for gifts, or to take home for your own tree.

All are welcome; we’ll have projects for every skill level and children’s table too. Just bring your imagination – we’ve got the supplies covered!

Women ‘n’ Blues

2017_Women_Blues_Poster PDF

A Special Blues Vespers Benefit Concert for New Connections

Featuring Kim Archer

SUNDAY, June 11

New Connections Video

Thanks to the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and Megan Sukys for the storytelling workshops and events provided to New Connections and other local non-profit agencies. Here is the story they helped us tell: The Nonprofit Life: A Local Expertise Exchange; New Connections. 

Women ‘n’ Blues 2016

2016_Women_Blues_Poster PDF


A Special Blues Vespers Benefit Concert for New Connections

Featuring Rob Cook and Toast

with Ray Mabin on harp

SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2016 


2016 CPTS Summer Institute

Pierce County Community Partnership for Transition Services, the University of Puget Sound’s Race and Pedagogy Initiative, and New Connections invite you to the 2016 Regional Reentry Summer Institute.

The theme of the 2016 summer institute is Unstacking the Deck: Addressing Power, Race & Poverty after Incarceration. The institute aims to connect people and resources, support service providers, and foster collaborative partnerships to promote successful community transitions after incarceration. Click here for more information .



1st Friday of each month: 10 am – 11:30 am

Pierce County CPTS invites individuals and members of government, education, business, and social service agencies to join us in our efforts to better serve those re-entering our community after incarceration. Our goal is to promote successful integration, increase community awareness of re-entry issues, and reduce recidivism and criminal justice costs.

Those on the mailing list receive e-mail notifications regarding the location of upcoming meetings. Check out the Pierce CPTS website for more information, or to be added to our e-mail list.