New Life Beginnings
Many people come to Treasure Hunt every single day to shop but a majority of these people don’t even realize that they are helping an incredible cause just by purchasing items at our store.
New Life Beginnings is a long-term shelter for women and children. It is a safe place for these women to stay while they grow into the women they are meant to be. Rebecca Younger and Bonnie Beardslee are the founders of New Life Beginnings, which opened in 1986 right here in Long Beach. They had seen an increasing number of women, many with children, who were homeless and often abused. They immediately knew that they could make a difference in these women’s lives and saw the vision of New Life Beginnings.
The Mothers Home Shelter was opened in 1986 and their goal was to house women, birth healthy babies, teach parenting and life skills, build self-esteem, and much more. In 1992 they expanded and opened the Next Step Apartment Program, which is a transitional housing program. Here they emphasis budgeting, independent living, breaking the welfare cycle, and much more. In addition, in 1999 they began taking pregnant women straight from jail because California doesn’t allow women to keep children while in jail. Because of New Life Beginnings these women are able to stay with their children instead of putting them in foster care.
When women come to New Life Beginnings they know that a lot will be expected and required from them. They are trained with life, social, and relationship skills. They are also taught budgeting, cooking, basic hygiene, cleaning, and parenting skills.
A typical day for the women living in the shelter is to wake up and prepare her own and her child’s breakfast. After breakfast, household chores are to be completed by 9am. Then the women and children head to school, job-training, or volunteer work. For dinner, each resident takes a turn during the week to prepare and cook dinner for everyone and they all partake in cleaning up. In addition, the women meet with counselors and have bible studies.
As you can see, New Life Beginnings is truly giving these women hope for a new, healthy life and here at Treasure Hunt, we get to be a part of it. Each and every purchase made here will make a difference in these women and children’s lives. We love New Life Beginnings and we are excited that we can help change lives and now you know that just by shopping with us, you are making a difference as well!
If you are interesting in learning more about New Life Beginnings or getting involved, check out their website at www.newlb.org.