Looking back, I believe God has been preparing me, in my career and life, for my current role as Executive Director of New Beginnings of Central Florida.
I worked many years in the non-profit sector, including the Salvation Army, the March of Dimes and the American Heart Association. My passion is to empower the under-served in our community, so here I am.
That passion stems from a personal place, as I experienced poverty firsthand in my childhood. I watched my mom overcome all odds. Moreover, as a mother of two girls, I care deeply about equipping families to succeed.
THE WORKING POOR
According to a 2017 report from the United Way, 44% of working households in Florida cannot afford basic living costs. These are the people labeled “the working poor,” and frankly, they may live next to you, even though you might have no idea of their desperate needs.
Meet Sabrina and Dennis, a little family of three who moved from New York to Florida in search of a better life. They planned to stay with family, but that didn’t work out.
With nowhere else to turn, they moved into New Beginnings’ supportive housing program, which we call “Selah.” Our initial 90-day contracts with families in Selah housing require residents to meet with:
- our case manager for accountability
- our licensed mental health counselor because everyone needs someone to talk to, and
- a financial mentor to help establish and manage a household budget.
It works. While at New Beginnings, both Sabrina and Dennis have increased their income, moved from part-time work to full-time work and one of them was promoted to management.
This little family moves out of Selah housing at the end of this month, focused on their dream to continue to save towards buying their own home.
FEELING IT TO MY CORE
The mission of New Beginnings (to empower our neighbors in need to live a responsible life) directly aligns with my core beliefs. In 2018, we have and will continue to serve our community through our mission, collaborating with leaders and community partners like you, and I will continue to move us forward.
I’m grateful for our new and growing partnership with United Way of Lake and Sumter County, for example. We’re working to bring like-minded providers together in order to improve our services as a whole.
We can accomplish so much more when we each do our part, rather than trying to do it all ourselves.
GRATEFUL FOR YOU
Thank you for the part you play with New Beginnings. I appreciate when you share our posts on social media, or send a monthly financial gift toward our program, or purchase something at our thrift stores.
I am personally grateful to you every time you volunteer, or donate items for us to sell or give away. Thanks for your non-perishable canned goods that we pass out from our 3 emergency food pantries. And thank you for your prayers. We’re in this together.