Located in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood, New Connections’ Irma Gary House provides a supportive, clean and sober shelter for women recently released from correctional facilities in Washington state.
Women are provided with housing, emergency services, intensive case management, advocacy, and re-entry support for up three months. New Connections helps residents meet basic needs and access support services such as counseling and job training.
Many residents have minor children. Staff and volunteers provide guidance as women navigate parenting classes, visitation issues and the challenges of re-building healthy family relationships.
Our second transitional house, Ann Flagg Cottage, opened in in February 2013. This small, 2-bedroom home offers shelter for women, with custody of minor children, who face obstacles to housing based on a history of criminal convictions. The cottage is located adjacent to Irma Gary House which allows us to provide intensive services and support to mothers working toward independent living. Annie’s Cottage remodel photos.
How to Apply
Those seeking housing for themselves, or unit counselors, caseworkers and other advocates for currently incarcerated women can print a copy of the Shelter Application. Send completed applications to the address on the form or scan and submit by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the application is received, we will make arrangements for a face-to-face interview.
Both Irma Gary House and Ann Flagg Cottage are owned by the Tacoma Catholic Worker (TCW) and provided for use by New Connections without charge. Our partnership with TCW is at the heart of all we have accomplished.
Other community support includes:
- Office space donated by Immanuel Presbyterian Church
- Home repairs & maintenance
- Community gatherings
- Nearby organizations that assist women as they transition from prison to the community
- Nativity House (Shelter and referrals)
- R3 Community Services
- St. Leo Parish (Emergency Services & Donations)
- First United Methodist Church (My Sister’s Pantry)
- Goodwill (Training)
- Bates (GED classes)
- WorkSource (Employment Assistance)
- Tacoma Public Library (Computer Access & food for the inquiring mind)
* Irma’s House was formerly known as Irma Gary House, named in honor of the long time resident of this house who remained in the neighborhood through decades of turmoil and change.
** Annie’s Cottage was formerly known as Ann Flagg Cottage, named in honor of Sr. Ann Flagg, CSJP who offered shelter to homeless women at Guadalupe House in 1979 and helped found our Hilltop Urban Village.