When I arrived at New Beginnings, I started to think about what I wanted to do with my life. My dream is to open my own bakery. That it is not as easy as it sounds, so I’m college bound.
We survived Hurricane Irma: loss of electricity, some flooding and tree damage – similar to most of our neighbors in Central Florida. We are so grateful that all of our New Beginnings family, friends and partners are safe. Our prayers are with the many people still putting their lives back together. The hardest way that…
Life as a single mom was hard enough. When circumstances forced Qwanishia Jackson to move into her car with her young son, she started searching for a new beginning. Unexpectedly, she discovered hope and change inside a thrift store.
Community Partnerships Every Saturday, in 3 cities across Central Florida, we unite with businesses and local churches to serve our neighbors in need. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., we offer a hot meal, prayers, and resources to men and women in Winter Garden, Clermont and Kissimmee/Four Corners. Our purpose at the “Helping Hands Outreach” is not to create a dependence on help,…
On a cool Sunday morning in January 2007, my wife, Linda, and I met a homeless man in Clermont, Florida who would transform our life forever.
Qwanishia lived in the Winter Garden area for 12 years with her now 8-year-old son, Izaiah. When her job cut her hours, she couldn’t afford to stay in the place where they were living
This summer, my daughter started her first job as a social worker in an inner city. I was proud of her selflessness but worried for her safety— someone was stabbed doing that job months earlier—and I was concerned about money: Social-work careers initially may not pay well. Madison told me, “The money doesn’t matter. The…
I’m a competitive person, whether I’m cheering for my daughter’s softball team or playing a game of Scrabble®—so I’ve got good news. Sand skinks: 1; Affordable Housing for Central Florida: 2.
I had shied away from religion for the longest time. Finding a new connection with Jesus here, I now go through the day not worrying about myself as much as caring for others.
I came to New Beginnings in October 2013, a shell of the woman I had once been. New Beginnings saw in me what I had lost in the wilderness of my pain. They saw purpose and leadership.