Independent Living Program
Alethea has had a life of addiction, abuse and incarceration. After a 40 month sentence she began to look for a program that could help her change the trajectory of her life. After starting the program she wasn’t sure she could do it with all of the rules, getting up early for class then participating in working therapy in the afternoons, it made for very long days. She stayed positive and made a great choice. “I didn’t even believe I would live to 57 because of the things I’ve done in my life,” Alethea shared with a staff person. “I have been through a lot of mental and physical abuse. I have lost a son. But New Beginnings is helping me to get over grief- not just a shelter or a bed, but helping me deep down inside.” She experienced real change. She is now employed full-time and has established a savings account, now working with her Case Manager to identify permanent housing. “A door has been opened in my life,” she says, “I’m getting a new beginning.”
New Beginnings of Central Florida offers two residential programs for men, women, and families. One of our programs is the Independent Living Program, the other is the Selah Program.
The Independent Living Program is not a shelter, residents participate in a 6 – 9 month economic sustainability program. It focuses on helping a person to get back to work, increase their income and live independently.
This is not an emergency shelter, not is it a safe house. If you are in need of emergency shelter, contact the United Way’s Help Line, 2-1-1.
The Selah Program is designed for individuals or families working but living in homelessness. This is a 3-9 month economic stability program. The program is designed with very specific expectations to empower the participant to learn to live independently.
Our mission is to empower people to overcome the pain of poverty and the alienation of homelessness.
We are accepting housing applications. The first step is to complete the online intake application and ALL ITEMS MUST BE COMPLETED for consideration. You can begin the intake process right now online. You will hear back from someone at New Beginnings within 2 business days, excluding weekends and holidays.
If accepted into the program, the client will be expected to adhere to the policies and procedures of the residential program. The programs are designed to prepare clients for economic stability. This includes attending daily classes, case management, private counseling, on-the-job training along with other individual and group meetings.
First we establish a stable living environment. Then we help identify and provide life and job skills, this portion of the program takes approximately 16 weeks. Next, clients seek full time employment and begin using their individual household budget.
The ultimate goal is self-sufficiency.
Over 73% of our clients complete our life skill training and leave with stable employment and permanent housing. Our initial 3-to-4 month program is free to the client (paid for by generous donations, grants and proceeds from our thrift stores). Once they complete this phase, they find a job and at that time, New Beginnings starts to assess housing fees to residents in preparation to live independently.
They are required to work full-time, save money, meet with case manager, counselor, sponsor & mentor while remaining in our aftercare program until permanent housing is secured.
We’ve been hosting men, women and children in our program since 2008. Many New Beginnings graduates state that this program not only changed their life but saved their life. It is a working program that works.
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