The Center opened the New Beginning House in 2015 to provide housing and comprehensive supports to young men who may have been homeless or disconnected from traditional supports. The independent living residence aides them on their journeys toward self-sufficiency while helping them strengthen permanent connections with family and community.

Who We Serve

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The multi-unit house serves six young men, 18-21, with two residents living in each apartment. The young men are finishing high school or vocational program, preparing to take their Test Assessing Secondary Completion (formerly the GED), and/or seeking employment.

Services Provided

The Center staff guides the young men by delivering:

  • case management
  • counseling services,
  • life-skills training,
  • referrals to health care and mental health resources;
  • bed_rightsideup.jpgjob-readiness training,
  • community services opportunities,
  • prevention education,
  • and aftercare follow-up services.

Most young men will stay for up to six months but will have the opportunity to stay longer if they are in the process of finishing high school.

Outcomes

The New Beginning House program prepares young men to live on their own, reengages them in the community and empowers them to make healthy, educated life choices.

Additional goals include:

  • increasing the number of young men who earn their high school diplomas or equivalent;
  • increasing the ability of young men to obtain gainful employment;
  • keeping young men out of the criminal justice system;
  • improving health and mental health outcomes; and
  • preventing poverty and/or chronic homelessness in our community.