40 Years of New Beginnings for youth

1980

New Beginnings opens emergency shelter in Greene, ME

1986

Shelter moves to current location in Lewiston, ME

1989-90

Transitional Living Program (TLP) apartment sites open in Lewiston with Adventure Challenge component, and HIV Prevention Program begins supported by Maine Dept. of Education

1990

Street Outreach Program begins.

1997

Youth Outreach Drop-In Center opens in Lewiston

1999-2012

Outreach expands to Androscoggin, Franklin, and Kennebec counties

2000

Family mediation services begin; agency begins awarding $100–1,000 Dot Larrabee Youth Development Fund scholarships (“seed money for dreams”) to pursue education or job training

2002-07

TLP sites added in Lewiston, Farmington, and Augusta

2011

NB purchases former community center and begins fundraising to renovate into expanded Drop-In Center and agency headquarters in Lewiston

2012

Educational Support services begin as pilot program for shelter youth.

2013

NB becomes fiscal sponsor of Outright L/A.

2014

NB pilots PowerSource Plus social-emotional literacy/mindfulness curriculum; incorporated into all programs after successful evaluation showed improvement in youths’ emotional regulation.

2015

Outreach, Drop-in, Educational Support, and administrative offices move into Ann Geiger Center (134 College St., Lewiston) after successful $1.25M building campaign.

2016

NB begins offering low barrier trauma-informed mental health services.

2017

NB launches 100-day challenge to identify and support Franklin County rural homeless youth.

2018

NB helps establish first statewide Youth Action Board to ensure homeless and system-involved youth have a voice in policy-making.

2019

Maine receives $3.35M HUD Youth homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) grant with NB as lead agency.

2020

NB celebrates 40 years of services and renames youth shelter Marian’s Place.