New Beginnings of Tampa founder Tom Atchison wins Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Inititive Award


Local heroes win awards

New Beginnings of Tampa founder Tom Atchison named Local Hero through Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Inititive Award

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The Rev. Tom Atchison sees long-term drug and alcohol addiction treatment as “hard moments and good times.”

Atchison founded New Beginnings Tampa Inc., a treatment facility, in 2000.

The organization at 1402 E. Chilkoot Ave. provides transitional housing, substance abuse counseling, emergency shelter and a program that provides about 2,000 meals a week to homeless people.

For his nine years of volunteer work, Atchison recently was named one five Local Heroes through the Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Awards. A $5,000 donation will be given to the nonprofit organization in his honor.

Atchison was given the award Nov. 4 at the Tampa Theatre. He told the crowd, many of whom were former clients, that addiction treatment is difficult. There are “times when we think we are making progress and then things fall apart.”

But the successes help keep him going.

The organization also sponsors housing for foster children aging out of the foster-care system and is about to begin work on remodeling a house for female veterans and their children. It has helped more than 4,000 people in its nine-year history.

 

Report done by LENORA LAKE llake@tampatrib.com Tampa Tribune
Published: November 11, 2009   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 06:22 PM

Read the full story at: http://tbo.com/northeast-tampa/local-heroes-win-awards-221001

 

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