At New Beginnings, we provide a homeless rehabilitation program for clients who were either homeless or in immediate danger of homelessness.
During their time in our work-program, we provide transportation through our on-staff driver, Lani.
We stopped Lani long enough to ask a few questions about her ministry.
Q: Average miles you drive per week?
400 — between driving to Kissimmee, to Winter Garden and to Clermont
Q: Radio or no radio?
When I’m alone, I like the radio off. Otherwise, I usually play the Christian station—Z 88.3
Q: Strangest driving memory?
One lady threatened to jump out of a moving van, going 50 miles per hour. Another woman had a stroke in the front seat of the car—she just started bubbling at the mouth, so I took her straight to the emergency room.
Q: Hardest part of your job?
I think the hardest part is when someone leaves the program before they should, before they let the blessings happen. When someone tells me that they don’t want to conform to the rules, I tell them that I have to follow rules as well. I’ve seen a good handful come back a couple of days later, regretful in their decision to exit early.
Q: Favorite part of your job?
I love to hear people’s testimonies and to see them grow while in the program, from when they come in until they leave. I see transformation. Often, I drive them to pivotal moments in life: to a job interview, or to court to get a driver license after years of not having one. Things like that are important in our lives as adults. I love my job.
You can help Lani continue to drive people to self-sufficiency. Watch her video here and contribute toward a new, safe, 15-passenger van.