Photo Credit: Kim Thompson Steel

As the year draws to a close, New Door reflects on the incredible journey of our organization and the youths we support. One of those young people is Guillermo, whose journey brought him to New Door in search of a community supportive of his chosen path. He joined our Workforce Development internship program to pursue his passion for cooking. Michelin-rated restaurant Osito was the perfect internship site for Guillermo, where he connected quickly with celebrated Chef Seth Stowaway. After having an internship experience that most of us could only dream of, Guillermo’s journey to independent adulthood and economic mobility is well underway.

With your unwavering support and the expertise of our staff, we’ve achieved remarkable milestones and have countless stories like Guillermo’s to celebrate.  The impact your support enables us to have on the lives of young people is nothing short of extraordinary. For New Door and the youth we serve, 2023 has been a year of transformation and resilience. Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing global pandemic, we remain steadfast in our commitment to empower the next generation of leaders, changemakers, and skilled professionals.

Here are some highlights from this year:

  • Increased Impact: We provided comprehensive job readiness training, mentorship, educational support, and career guidance to more than 250 youth; over $300,000 in intern salaries and stipends paid, 1,000 touchpoints, and 1,000 hours of supportive services engagement.

    Photo Credit: Kim Thompson Steel

  • Manufacturing Career Pathway: We developed our manufacturing pathway program, combining college courses and experiential learning, resulting in quality jobs, higher wages, and secure futures.
  • Organizational Development: We invested in the growth and development of our staff, ensuring New Door is a destination workplace for professionals committed to advancing the mission.

However, our work is far from over. As we approach the end of the year, we are faced with new challenges and opportunities. With the support of our volunteers and staff, along with your valuable contribution, we can:

  • Develop more Innovative Programming that makes quality jobs and economic independence accessible to more youth.
  • Create stronger Collaborations and Partnerships, decreasing the silos and increasing impact across the social service landscape.
  • Expand our reach to even more youth by bringing resources and opportunities to the furthest corners of our communities.

Thank you for being a part of our journey, for believing in the potential of our youth, and for your unwavering commitment to our mission. Together, we can light the path to success for even more young individuals in the coming year.

I wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

With gratitude,

Omar Butler, Chief Executive Officer







P.S. As you consider your end-of-year charitable giving, please consider New Door, and remember that every dollar you contribute can transform a young person’s life. Your support is not just an investment in our program; it’s an investment in a brighter future for our community.