New Hope for Women was incorporated, hired its first employee and received State funding, in 1981. Over the next ten years the staff grew to include a director, part-time bookkeeper, and coordinators for community education, school-based work, and volunteers. The staff shared responsibilities for direct services.
In 1994 a women's advocate was hired. Within the next four years, transitional housing was opened in Waldo and Knox Counties, the agency purchased office space in Rockland, assisted in starting a certified batterer intervention program, and the school-based and community education programs were expanded to cover all three counties. Permanent staff was assigned to offices in Belfast and Damariscotta.
In 2000 Time for Change and the Island Outreach Programs were added, and transitional housing in Lincoln County followed in 2002.
Along the way, New Hope for Women was instrumental in bringing domestic violence investigators to each county in its service area, and in starting community task forces to increase awareness about issues of domestic and dating violence.