Birth of a NEW Thing: Necessity is the Mother of Inventions

Shifts can be scary. And shifts can create space for fantastic innovation.

Looking back to the time of NEW’s founding, we recall that a disconcerting political shift gave way to the birth of a new kind of non-profit. The catalyst? The Reagan administration’s implementation of “trickle-down” economic policies and elimination of safety net programs affecting low-income families and single moms (a growing demographic at the time).

A group of women activists began a conversation about why poverty exists, and why it was becoming generational in surrounding communities. These colleagues, NEW’s founding women, began to glare some very difficult truths in the face:

  • America’s economic development initiatives did not measure the reduction of poverty.
  • Some demographics were woefully unprepared to navigate the U.S. financial system.
  • Sustainable generational change would require the economic empowerment of women.

From those conversations, NEW’s founders birthed a vision, a blueprint, to help women understand their roles and responsibilities to create prosperity for themselves, their families and their communities. Our vision also included building the economic bridges necessary for them to do so, through affordable housing and wealth-building programs.

However, first we helped them upgrade their mindsets. Then we became a conduit of opportunities for economic growth and generational change. More than 30 years, and tens of thousands of families later, the core of our vision is still the same:

Empower women. Empower families. Build communities. Create change.

Innovate with us. Give today to support our work and our families as we transform lives.

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Contact New Economics for Women by calling at:

 (213) 483-2060

or by visiting us at:

303 S. Loma Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Contact NEW’s FamilySource Center at:

(818) 887-3872

or visit us at one of our locations:

21400 Saticoy Street
Canoga Park, CA 91304

6946 Van Nuys, Ste. 220
Van Nuys, CA 91405

Contact East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center at:

(323) 568-1520

1780 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Contact NEW Women’s Business Center at:

(818) 650-1168

or visit us at one of our locations:

21400 Saticoy Street
Canoga Park, CA 91304

554 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534

6946 Van Nuys, Ste. 220
Van Nuys, CA 91405