New Beginnings Success Stories

New Beginnings is blessed to report a very successful 2020 program year.

2020 Program Highlights

• Met the New Beginnings goal of annually providing homes and case management for 5 homeless mothers and their children. Currently New Beginnings supports 5 mothers and 8 children. To date, New Beginnings has supported 20 mothers and 37 children.

• Celebrated 2 mothers and their families who graduated to self-sufficiency. These families are now independent, self-sufficient, and are leading productive lives.

• Developed a small, but growing group of individuals who contribute to New Beginnings.

• Maintained an improved and updated website: newbeginnings4homelesschildren.org

• Met monthly with Arms of Hope staff to review mother/family progress in achieving educational, financial, parenting, and other program goals that lead to self-sufficiency and independence.   

• Continued to collaborate with the Denton, Texas Independent School District Social Services Division to help families who are at risk of becoming homeless by providing short-term rent and utility payments. To date, New Beginnings has served 53 families and 112 kids.

• Arranged for and provided furniture and household necessities for New Beginnings and other homeless families.

2020 New Beginnings Volunteers at Work

New Beginnings Vice-president Melody Kohout (right), and a group of community volunteers, load household furnishings destined for a New Beginnings family.

A 2020 Success Story
       New Beginnings started providing housing one year ago for Katie and her three children. Katie was fleeing an abusive relationship and had nowhere to go. Through the partnership of New Beginnings and Arms of Hope, Katie has a safe and stable home for her children to thrive! The basic need of a home has allowed Katie to maintain employment, build a savings account, receive counseling and the life skills she needs to grow as a single mother of three. She plans to purchase a vehicle soon and is currently paying 30% of her rent. She is connected to a church community and loves her children. She plans to complete the program by the end of Spring 2021.

2019 Program Highlights

• Collaborated with Arms of Hope to provide rent and utilities for 9 homeless mother and their 17 children. Other services for these homeless families included case management, and counseling in parenting, budgeting, and goal setting.

• Collaborated with Denton Independent School District Social Work personnel and provided emergency rent and utility assistance for 4 families (7 adults and 15 children) to keep them from being evicted and becoming homeless.

• Collaborated with Denton Affordable Housing to provide homes for families in safe neighborhoods.

• Collaborated with Chris Rosprim, Property Pros Management, who helps make available more housing for mothers and their children in safe neighborhoods.

• Continued to collect and distribute household furnishings for homeless children and families.

• Collaborated with Lt. Colonel Sandra “Sammi” Bonney, Commander, AFROTC Detachment 835, Department of Aerospace Studies, University of North Texas, The AFROTC Detachment 835 cadets provided gifts for the homeless mothers and their children through an Angel Tree. The cadets also collected cleaning and hygiene supplies.

Lt. Colonel “Sammi” Bonney and Cadets of AFROTC Detachment 835 wrap Christmas presents for New Beginnings mothers and children.

 

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Working Together

New Beginnings is thankful for our collaboration with the Denton Public Schools Foundation. New Beginnings provides emergency rent and utilities payments to prevent homelessness for Denton Independent School District (DISD) families and children. Pictured L-R: Connie Thorton (Denton Public Schools Foundation), (George and Betty Jane Morrison (New Beginnings), Barb Haflich (Coordinator of Social Services, and Homeless Liaison for Denton ISD), Jacqueline Jackson ( Executive Director, Denton Public Schools Foundation), and Adriane Cruz (Denton ISD Social Services).

 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Each family helped needs support anywhere from 6-18 months.
  • Emergency rent to keep families and children from being evicted ranges from $800 to $1,300 per month.
  • Emergency payments to keep utilities from being shut off range from $600 to $1,000 per month.

You Can Help

Make a tax deductible donation to help New Beginnings prevent homelessness in Denton, TX.