New Friends New Life restores and empowers trafficked teen girls and sexually exploited women and their children.
By providing access to education, job training, interim financial assistance, mental health and spiritual support, NFNL helps women and their children overcome backgrounds of abuse, addiction, poverty and limited opportunities.
New Friends New Life began by women helping women in 1998. The group acquired nonprofit status in January 2000 as Amy’s Friends. Under the direction of one full-time program coordinator, a cadre of volunteers, and a board of directors, the organization provided financial help to more than 87 women in the first five years.
In March of 2001, the organization hired an executive director, who oversaw program design, development, and fundraising. Two skilled social workers and one part-time protégé advocate handled day-to-day issues with the protégés, acting as case managers and mentors. At this time the organization started doing business as New Friends New Life.
Over time, New Friends New Life has increased its staff to expand its holistic services for women and their children. Staff and volunteers now provide counseling for women and their children, a program for children of protégés, and a therapeutic prevention program at the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center. We partner with a number of agencies and individuals to provide legal assistance, medical services, budget counseling, job readiness training, and educational opportunities.
New Friends New Life is funded by gifts from generous individuals and churches and has been awarded grants from various foundations, including The Dallas Women’s Foundation, The Dallas Foundation, Hoblitzelle, The Hoglund Foundation, Frank and Emily Smith Foundation (formerly known as Endesha Group), Kappa Kappa Gamma, Chi Omega, and The Sturgis Foundation. External audits confirm that over 86% of funds are used for program expenses.
During our 15 year history, we have provided necessary resources to thousands of women and girls in our community. Last year, we served 30 teen girls in Henry Wade Juvenile Detention Center, 200 women in Dawson State Jail, 119 women in our Resource Center, 98 women with our Support Services, 55 women with our Intensive Case Management, and 155 children in the program.
In 2012, New Friends New Life served approximately 657 teens, women and their children.
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