24 hours a day, 365 days a year, New Beginnings youth shelter offers a hot meal, a friendly face, warm clothing, and a safe place to sleep for young people ages 10-19 who have no place else to go. Kids like Grace, who was just 17 years old when she found herself homeless and at our shelter.
Grace struggled with feelings of failure, anger, and hopelessness, but the staff showed her that being homeless didn’t have to define who she was or who she could become. With our help, Grace stayed in school, became her own legal guardian, and moved into a New Beginnings’ Transitional Living Program (TLP) apartment.
“I will never forget the day when the judge granted me the privilege of emancipation, with TLP staff by my side. New Beginnings stood by me through my ups and downs, and I was able to accomplish my goals with their help. There were many moments when I felt discouraged, but I never gave up … and I never will.”
You can help over 700 young people like Grace each year.
In 2016, our donors helped provide nearly 11,000 meals, more than 12,000 safe nights off the streets at our emergency shelter and transitional living apartments, and 1,500 contacts with our street outreach team in Androscoggin, Franklin and Kennebec counties. Like Grace, 85% of youth who worked 1-on-1 with our caring staff last year were able to reunify with their families or find safe, stable housing after New Beginnings.
Your investment makes it possible for homeless youth to find the safety, connections, and growth that they need to thrive.
Your gift to the annual fund will help meet basic needs for food and shelter – and so much more. Your donation means reconnecting families, teens making progress in school, young adults getting jobs and housing, and hundreds of youth gaining the essential life skills they need to become strong and capable adults.
With the stability of a safe place to live and the encouragement of caring adults, Grace was able to work part-time and graduate from high school with honors. Today, Grace is a hard-working Certified Nursing Assistant supporting herself in her own apartment. She recently bought her first car, and has enrolled in college where she’s studying to become a nurse.
With you on their side, hundreds of other youth like Grace will get the chance to succeed.
For nearly 40 years, compassionate community members who want to prevent youth homelessness have made New Beginnings possible. Making the most significant year-end donation you can will help reach our $35,000 annual fund goal — but most importantly you will be making a difference in the lives of homeless youth.
Every dollar you give ensures that critical services will continue to be here for vulnerable youth and families in crisis in Maine.
*Name and photo changed to protect youth’s confidentiality