Archive for February, 2015

No Violations of Record Keeping or Labor Laws

New Beginnings of Tampa has been helping the disenfranchised for over 15 years and will continue to do so.


new-beginnings-of-tampa-federal-investigation-releaseNew Beginnings of Tampa articles were on the front page of the Tampa Bay Times several times in November and December of 2014. The lies and fabrication of stories stirred up many people to believe that New Beginnings was exploiting the homeless.

Missed informed Hillsborough Commissioner Kevin Beckner called for a Federal Investigation for slave trafficking and violation of labor laws.

It seems that The Tampa Bay Times’ main motive was to sell papers and win a Pulitzer for the paper in an effort to further the career of the sensational investigative staff writer Will Hobson.

Their focus was to find stories that sell at the expense of accuracy with no regard for the truth or the harm their lies could cause to innocent people. As a result other news outlets across the country picked up the stories without checking out the validity of the articles from The Tampa Bay Times. Since the stories were newsjacked and published in several newspapers it seemed to lend credibility to the articles being true.

These articles seemed to polarize readers into three main groups:

  1. People who knew about New Beginnings because they had been in the program or knew someone who had been.
    This group of people were angry and livid over the false allegations of the articles. They rallied to New Beginnings to support them during this onslaught of media hype.
  2. People who only knew about New Beginnings through the articles they read in the Times.
    They were livid and angry at New Beginnings because they believed the stories about abuse and exploitation of the destitute and homeless.
  3. People who had been through the Program and were excited from the program because of breaking the rules and/or drug use in the program.
    They used these stories to justify their failures in the program and in their lives. The addicts now had an audience to air their grievances and get back at New Beginnings for putting them out of the program. Many drug addicts contacted the paper to tell them about their alleged mistreatment at New Beginnings.

Now that the dust is settling and the truth is coming out that the stories were not based on fact, but on non-credible people telling ridiculous tales of woe. The few things that were factual were written in a very sensational manner and blown up with the purpose of misguiding the public that a speck of dirt could look like a mountain.

When Commissioner Beckner asked on the front page of The Tampa Bay Times for Federal investigation, he looked like a great crusader of the homeless. The Federal investigation is now over. After the United States of America Department of Labor carefully and extensively examined financial records and interviewed several employees and clients, it was concluded that there are NO VIOLATIONS OF RECORD KEEPING OR LABOR LAWS.

Now that New Beginnings has been vindicated we doubt that the truth will get the same media coverage that the lies did. It is a shame that a newspaper can print such trash in the name of news and get by with it. The damage they do hurts real people. They should have to be accountable for their actions.

New Beginnings of Tampa makes no apologies for requiring some clients to carry a part of their expenses by working. We want to teach them a work ethic and NOT to depend on the government and others to support them. Work is not a dirty word but a great gift given to us by God to have self-worth and to be a part of community. Even in the garden of Eden God instructed Adam to dress and keep the garden.

New Beginnings has survived but had to cut a lot of services because of the loss of income caused by these bogus articles in the Times subjectively persuaded public opinion that New Beginnings was guilty until proven innocent.

We appreciate all who came out to support us through this difficult time. We will continue to rebuild our services as the truth continues to surface. New Beginnings of Tampa has been helping the disenfranchised for over 15 years and will continue to do so. To the staff and volunteers at New Beginnings of Tampa it is more than a job; It is a God mandated calling to help those that need it.


Good work at New Beginnings is being punished.

A Letter to Commissioner Kevin Beckner

Letter to The Tampa Bay Times – “Strings Attached “by Hobson should have been titled “Florida needs more Ex-biker Gang Leaders”

Pastor Tom Atchison defends program


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