New Beginnings partners with youth to create lasting change so all youth have a safe place to live and opportunities to grow.

Serving runaway and homeless youth and their families since 1980.

Whether a young person is facing a night on the streets for the very first time or has been surviving on their own for years, we can help.
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Each year, New Beginnings provides hundreds of youth from across Maine with opportunities for the safety, connection, and growth that all young people need to thrive.


New Beginnings’ 24-hour emergency shelter, supportive housing, and outreach team help youth from throughout Maine find safety off the streets.


Our staff welcome and build trust with youth, encouraging them to engage in family mediation, case management, or counseling when they are ready.


Youth find the caring support they need to develop life skills in our transitional living programs, educational support, youth action board, and prevention services.

Our Programs

Our services are designed to prevent young people from becoming homeless, support struggling families, help youth get off the streets, and provide an essential “safety net” for young people in Maine who are at risk of homelessness.

Based in Lewiston, New Beginnings has program sites in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Kennebec counties for adolescents and young adults from across Maine who don’t have stable family support.

Do You Need Help?

Click here or call our 24-hour help line:

(207) 795-4070

Recent News from New Beginnings

Thank you for helping during the Holidays!

Thank you for helping during the Holidays!

Thank you for helping create our holiday care packages!Thank you to those who participated in our 2021 Holiday Drive. The support of our donors made it possible for homeless youth at New Beginnings have a brighter holiday this year. Gift bags were made for ALL youth...

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New Beginnings Public Service Announcement (PSA)

New Beginnings Public Service Announcement (PSA)

Thank you for checking out our PSA on homeless youth in Maine during National Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness month. The original plans we had were a bit different but our youth's words and responses really led us down an even more impactful road, and we couldn't...

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