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Our Mission: “Our Foundation exists to provide investors with a forum to give enduring financial security to New Directions for Women enabling the operating organization opportunities to provide treatment for women, children and their families, with a vision of achieving lifetime recovery and wellness.”

Our Vision: Investing in Women’s Recovery

Our History: In 1977, Pamela Wilder was brave enough to stand up during a meeting of the Junior League of Orange County and declare the need for a space for chemically dependent women to be treated for their disease. There was a shortage of affordable rehabilitation treatment services. Over three decades later, NDFW is the vision Pamela, and our other two founders Marion Schoen and Muriel Zink, spoke of. Our adherence to this original vision can be seen in our willingness to work with all women. We believe that all women deserve care, despite their ability to pay for treatment.


New Directions for Women Foundation was created to financially support the treatment we provide. Every woman and child who comes through our doors receives some amount of scholarship funds. Our aim is to raise $500,000 a year, which goes directly to the Pamela Wilder Scholarship Fund. On behalf of the staff, patients, and alumni of New Directions for Women, we are honored to have your support as we continue our 37th year of excellent treatment.

Investor Testimonials

By investing in New Directions I know that I am investing in the lives of women and children who deserve a chance to live a full life without substances. As a recovering woman myself, I have the opportunity to personally meet the patients at New Directions and see the hope in their eyes, hear the gratitude in their speech and witness their courageous actions.

— Karen Crosson Lutz
January 16, 2009

This nonprofit has been my philanthropic passion for two decades. NDFW helps addicted women in so many ways. The guidance, counseling, and education is not only productive for themselves, but for their children, families, and the community.

–Carole Pickup
January 16, 2017

Every time I walk onto the campus of New Directions for Women my heart is lifted. I am reminded of the desperate need in our community for a safe and loving environment where women and their children can recover from life threatening addictions. New Directions is the answer to the prayers of these women and their loved ones. New Directions for Women transforms these women into productive members of society. As each woman and child enters the facility, a life is changed and addiction is cured one by one … A second chance at life and a new beginning full of endless possibilities. I am forever grateful to New Directions for Women. With 17 years of sobriety, I am living proof that New Directions works!

–Darlene Quinn
January 16, 2017

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