Staying resilient and supporting our youth

Dear New Door Community,

We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and well. I speak for all of the staff at New Door and our social enterprises when I say how grateful we are for your continued support of our mission during this uncertain time. The 16-to-24-year-olds we serve are already experiencing barriers to stability and economic opportunity, and during this unforeseen crisis, they are being hit the hardest.

Community is critical during times of uncertainty:

  • New Door is keeping interns connected to our program and their community by providing consistent and ongoing case-management, in addition to moving skill-building workshops online and tailoring them to youth tech access.
  • We are continuing to pay wages and stipends to our young peopleĀ and helping them make ends meet so that they can continue to pay rent, groceries and phone bills during this unprecedented emergency.
  • Staff areĀ talking with interns about personal challenges during the shelter-in-place. For some young people, family homes are not welcoming and healthy environments. We also have young people with varying degrees of housing instability who especially need our support.
  • We are adapting quickly to our new environment and providing a touchstone for the Bay Area’s most vulnerable young people.

Remaining steadfast and resilient:

During the three-week Shelter in Place Order, our young people are missing the opportunity to report to their jobs and earn $27,000 in collective wages. New Door is committed to meeting our youth’s financial and emotional needs, keeping staff working toward our critical mission, and reopening our social enterprises’ doors when the public is safer. Financial support at any level will help us continue to provide life-changing support to the vulnerable members of our community who need it most right now, and here are specific ways to help:

  • $200 provides a week of wages to an Employment Program intern during shelter-in-place;
  • $600 provides three weeks of wages for a young person;
  • $1,000 provides three weeks of wages and supports their case management and access to online skill-building workshops.
  • New Door’s social enterprises are shut down in accordance with the mandate, but you can still support local businesses and the youth we serve. Ashbury Images is offering a 15% discount on any swag orders placed during this period.

I recently heard a program graduate say, “I don’t know where I would be without New Door Ventures.” And, thanks to you, our young people will never have to know that reality- even in the midst of a global crisis.

In challenging moments like this, it can be hard to see the light. But I am feeling lifted up by the resiliency of our youth, the passionate, flexible, quick-thinking New Door staff, and this supportive community we are so lucky to have. Together, we will get through this.

In Partnership,

Omar Butler

CEO, New Door Ventures