The New Beginnings of SWFL, Inc.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor at The New Beginnings look over the criteria below and contact us using the "Connect" button above. All mentors at The New Beginnings must be members in good standing with the Apostolic Christian Church.
- Have experience working with young adults and have compassion for their challenges.
- Serve as support to young women with children and help them develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and become responsible adult parents.
- Be willing to develop long-term relationships with the single moms that are part of our program. Be willing to nurture and exemplify a life mirroring the love of Christ to those who may not have ever experienced it.
- Be willing to work with others (within and outside our program) to help our single moms accomplish their goals.
- Be willing to lead and/or participate in a regular Bible study.
- Be willing to attend and support a local Christian church.
- Be financially responsible and able to assist with basic budgeting teaching.
How do i become a mentor?
For all other questions please contact us by clicking the "connect" button at the top of the page.
The New Beginnings is not an emergency placement program or a crisis center. There is typically a waiting list of mothers looking to get into our program. Requesting and filling out an application and going through the interview process is the best way to put yourself into a position to accepted into the program.
How quickly can i enter the new beginnings program?
Single-mothers can stay as long as progress towards her goals is seen by her mentors, typically 2-4 years.
How long can i stay at new beginnings?
There is no cost for a mother entering the program or for her housing. The cost during a mother's stay will be minimal, essentially covering the cost of daycare and entertainment items. If the mothers come with SNAP or EBT benefits they use those to buy the food for the meals they cook. If large expenses are incurred TNB will work out a budgeting plan to help the mother cover those large expenses.
There is an application process potential mothers go through to be accepted into the program. First is a written application that is filled out by the mother and reviewed by the staff at The New Beginnings. Second there is a phone interview conducted with the mother and finally there is a face-to-face interview between the mother and staff. Typically the interview is held at our facility so the mother can see the grounds and get a better idea of what to expect. If you are interested in receiving an application please click the "Connect" button above and request one via email, phone or in writing.
How do i apply for the new beginnings?
While we feel called by God to minister to those in need we want to be good stewards of what he has blessed us with. Because of that, all residents/participants must abide by the following agreements in order to continue occupying their apartments.
- Actively pursue a higher education and carry a full course load while maintaining a C or better average: Colossians 3:23-24
In today’s society a degree of any kind puts you in a better position to acquire a better job. It can also open the door to career advancements within your field. Becoming educated is a key part in becoming self-sufficient as a provider to your children. A C average must be maintained in order to receive credit for courses and if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.
- Keep apartment clean, neat and organized: 1 Corinthians 14:40
One of the greatest things we can give to our children is a healthy, organized living space. Many studies show that disorganization in a home can lead to disorganization in one’s emotional life; therefore as parents we must provide a clean and organized home for our children. Keeping a clean home also leads to being organized at work and school which can make you more valuable as an employee or student.
- Establish good spending habits and create a budget: Luke 14:28 Finances can either be fairly worry-free or an extreme burden depending on how organized a person is with their money. Creating a budget can eliminate a lot of the stress involved with finances. Learning to live within your budget means you being in control of your money, not your money controlling you and can eliminate many of the financial “surprises” that pop up.
- Meet with mentors on a regular basis: 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Surrounding yourself with experienced, trust-worthy people will give you a safe place to go when you need advice, counseling, comfort or help of any kind. Being willing to listen to people who are trying to help and who love you is an essential part of anyone’s life. Accountability can help keep us on the right path when we start to veer to the left or to the right.
- Be willing to attend our Christian church: Hebrews 10:25 Having a church family can be one of the single greatest supports in anyone’s life. To be integrated into a loving church family means a person has that much more support and love to lean on when times get rough.
- Use a cell phone and computer provided by The New Beginnings that is monitored: 2 Corinthians 5:17
In this day and age a cell phone can connect you to anyone, anytime and anywhere. Cutting the ties with the people and places that held you back before is essential for focusing on the future. Using our cell phone and being held accountable to the people you are calling helps keep the people and things from the past stay in the past. If a person truly desires major change in their life sacrifices must be made. If you continue to hang on to the past, the past will continue to hang on to you.
- Be polite and respectful to others: Ephesians 4:31-32
There will always be people in your life and you will like some of those people and you will not like some of those people. Learning to be respectful to everyone, despite differences, is an essential skill for a successful life. Being polite is also something people notice and they notice when politeness is evident in a person and when it’s not. Being gracious with others is an essential trait of success.
- No foul or obscene language: Ephesians 4:29
Using swear words shows a lack of self-control and promotes oneself as argumentative, crass and un-dignified.
- Wear appropriate/modest clothing: 1 Timothy 2:9 First and foremost the Bible tells us to be modest and appropriate and we wish to honor what God has asked of us. There are practical implications as well because whether we think it’s right or not people judge us on what we wear. Everyone from potential employers to potential spouses make a first impression on looks before anything else. Learning to present ourselves as modest and appropriate goes a long way in making a good first impression.
- No use of alcohol, drugs or tobacco: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Alcohol, drugs and tobacco either damage our bodies, shorten our life or they put us in a state where we may make poor choices. As a mother you have a responsibility to your children to always be in a clear state of mind for their protection and well-being.
- Notify mentors of guests. Overnight guests must be approved: 1 Corinthians 10:12 The company you keep and the people you interact with influence your life more than almost any other factor. People can either lift you up or bring you down and cause destruction or success in your life. Sometimes it’s easy to think we won’t be affected by a person and then we slowly backslide. Notifying us of guests keeps us in the loop and allows us to see how different people affect your life therefore creating a check and balance of being able to head off potential issues.
- No pets: Ephesians 5:16
A single mother's life is busy enough without a pet to take care of.
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