The following story is all true, written by a current resident. When you invest in a life through donations or volunteering, you help to rebuild women and men. You not only restore dignity and hope, you truly give someone a new beginning.
I will always remember November 27, 2018 when I walked out of the woods for the final time and called the police.
“I am going to jump in front of a truck if someone doesn’t pick me up,” I said. “I don’t want to live anymore.”
I went to rehab and realized I needed more than 30 days. However, I didn’t want to fight with my family or try to manipulate them once again with an “I-Am-Better-Now” story.
I wanted to find out why I was the way I was.
A Promise to Rebuild
I called New Beginnings and I asked about the program. The kind man on the phone explained to me that New Beginnings was a faith-based program (that sounded good) and then he said basically, “They’re going to break you down and rebuild you.”
Terrific, I thought, that’s exactly what I need. So I went to be rebuilt. I arrived at New Beginnings on January 15, 2019 a beaten man.
My addictions were plenty and I needed them to escape the emotions of dealing with the death of my wife and the pain of homelessness.
I wanted to know why I did the things I did.
If I wanted to understand, I had to learn to listen.
I Learned How To Understand Me
The life skills and job skills classes at New Beginnings were perfect. I learned about emotions and anger, daily prayer, computers, dealing with resumes and interviews, that Jesus loves me and I’m forgiven, and I learned how to put Jesus on the throne of my life.
I learned that I don’t have to live the way I used to.
Altogether they taught me how to deal with life, how to examine and dig into myself and find the real reason I was where I was.
I am thankful for the souls that make New Beginnings what it is. With their guidance and training I have become a better man.
Now I want to use my strengths to benefit others, to help others who share my story.
No Longer Afraid of My Weaknesses
I also want to know my weaknesses. Three or four times a day, I check myself, especially after a weakness shows itself. I want to know why it is there and how to make it a strength.
Being positive and moving forward with kindness, losing self-pity and anger are most important.
I am a good person; I can be forgiven for my wrongs; I bring smiles to people when I am sober; I work hard. I want to be a better man but I am an alcoholic.
My main goal is broad now but it will be helping others from the streets.
If I need special education to do this, then I will go to school to do it. I will not fail in the end.
I thank God for:
- taking me out of the woods that night.
- not giving up on me.
- loving me and forgiving me,
- showing me that through Him, He is going to do a Miracle of Greatness and make me the person I am supposed to be.
My mind, body and soul are all crying out, “Pay it Forward!” God will pick my path. I’ll know it when I see it.
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Call our help line at 407.614.3359. If we are unable to answer your call, please leave a message and we’ll call you back as soon as we are able. Someone will speak with you on the phone to learn more about your situation. Our experienced team can either connect you with New Beginnings directly or refer you to an agency that can assist you.