New Beginnings of Lake County
Who We Are & Serve
We are a faith-based, Not-For-Profit organization in South Lake County helping the HOMELESS learn how to live a responsible life by making good choices and to recover from their hurts, habits & hang ups. We provide a home, food, clothing, professional counseling, job opportunities, hope, and encouragement.
How We Are Different
An emergency shelter must, by law, take anyone into the facility. They typically provide food, clothing, and a bed. The individual is usually in the facility for only a short time. New Beginnings takes in men, women, and children in need. They are carefully screened through police and medical records. Relatively healthy adults who have adequate criminal backgrounds are acceptable. Most importantly, they must agree to our admissions policy. They include: no alcohol or drugs at any time after moving in; and no sexual reading or activity. The house manager at New Beginnings monitors all activities and any medicines, and insures that all established policies are adhered.
- Second Harvest Food Bank – Discounted food for the needy.
- Mid-Florida Homeless Coalition – Provide statistics, goals & oversight.
- Access Florida – Providing childcare assistance for families to get back to work.
History: New Beginnings, a 501c3 nonprofit, was founded June 2007, by 12 concerned community leaders who saw few services available in South Lake County for those losing their job and home.
There were no job training facilities, few food pantries, no shelters, no recover programs for those who lost their homes and no housing for the homeless. Today, New Beginnings is providing services in many Central Florida communities with over 1000 volunteers to meet these unmet needs.
New Beginnings now has 4 transitional houses to serve 30 homeless people including, single men, moms with children, and families who want to recover from their homeless situation. We teach life skills and job training at our training center. 80% of those in the residential program successfully graduate and leave the program with work and housing.
We provide initial work training through two companies that we own and manage; 2econd Life Resale and New Beginnings Thrift Store. We serve over 400 people weekly from our food pantries and our Helping Hands Outreach. 93% of all monies received is used for programs.