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New Beginnings of Tampa Veterans House Fund

Help us help our veterans, donate to our Veterans House Fund.

New Beginnings of Tampa Veterans House Fund Thanks to a generous donation of land by the APEX Foundation, Inc., New Beginnings of Tampa will build with your help, an additional transitional housing home in Lutz. For over 12 years, New Beginnings of Tampa has been serving the Veterans community in the Tampa Bay area.

The Veterans Administration continues to send us veterans with special needs to care for. We try not to turn any veteran away that our in need of our help. Unfortunately, the housing need for veterans is great and the funding to help them is limited.

We need your financial support to build this home for them. New Beginnings has long been committed to the health, safety and welfare of our veterans. With college accredited staff such as Program Director Kevin Stabile, Case Manager Christina Javete, Nurses Anna Allan ARNP, DNP and Elizabeth Rood RN and other certified members, we hire only those who are committed to the excellent treatment of our veterans.

Our certifications with the Department of Labor and the Veteran’s Administration clearly shows our commitment to veteran’s at its highest level.

Housing veterans with dignity is a vital part of reintroducing them back into society. Our fundraising goal of $550,000, will build a beautiful home for our displaced veterans. The home will house 20 veterans and will include all essential case management and therapeutic services.

We can’t do this alone, please help us help our veterans. Donate today to help us build this transitional housing home.

Your generous tax deductible donation to the New Beginnings Veterans House Fund will enable us to continue to help hundreds of veterans that are in need of a place to live with dignity while they transition back into society.

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Tampa Tribune Letter of the Day: A source of peace in a rough life


Tampa Tribune Letter of The Day: A source of peace in a rough life

I once enjoyed reading my TBT (Tampa Bay Times) every day on my bus ride to work until one day I read an article that could not have been well researched before being printed, and couldn’t be further from the truth. I couldn’t believe the nerve of this paper to print such trash about my pastor, Pastor Tom Atchison of New Beginnings, a true man of God. My first thoughts were, “Why would anyone want to bash someone in print without doing research, without a thought in the world of what ramifications could derive from this attempt to bring down a homeless recovery program that does nothing but good for people daily?”

Let me tell you a story about a man who was DOA at Tampa General with a 103-degree fever and a bad MRSA staph infection, who was resuscitated and packed in ice, then fell into a coma for seven days to awake to a room full of amazed doctors and nurses looking at me like a lab rat or something.

After a few days of observation, a social worker came to see me and asked where I would go upon release. I was homeless at the time, living in the woods behind a day labor place. I had nothing and nowhere to return to. She gave me Pastor Tom’s card for New Beginnings, and a cab voucher. I arrived with a tank top, flip flops and a pair of cut-offs. Nothing else but a strong desire to find God and thank him for this borrowed time.

To make a long story short, he rained blessings on me through my newfound church family. I’ve since changed my whole view of the world, and I give thanks to my savior Jesus Christ for putting God’s children in my life to show me love.

On several more stays at the center, I ended up working my way onto staff as PT’s (Pastor Tom’s) assistant at the church offices, where I slowly earned the pastor’s trust — to the point where every key to every vehicle the church and program owned was in my office. The church’s checkbooks were in my care, which I thoroughly abused upon my relapse. After $2,000 worth of bad checks to my dope man, the gig was up and my crimes were revealed. If I had done these crimes to an average person, I would still be in prison. But my pastor, a true man of God, just made me confess my sins to my probation officer. My violation got me 22 months in prison — far less than my crimes deserved.

During that time my actions caused my pastor some very embarrassing moments, as the bad checks started coming in, which was no fault of his. This man of God actually took me back in when I got out of prison.

 All this said, I can’t think of one bad thing to say about Pastor Tom and the whole New Beginnings/New Life Pentecostal Church family. This story just scratches the surface of my many stories about this place. Everyone there is human and will make mistakes, but no one there is out to get anyone. They want souls to find God as the source of peace in a rough life, steering these less fortunate people on the path to recovery.

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My prayers are with New Beginnings and Pastor Tom


I was Marchman acted to detox and a rehab facility and 2000. I live in DeSoto County, a town named Arcadia. Once I got done with detox no rehab would take me due to the fact that I was from Arcadia. After waiting two weeks in detox new beginnings interviewed me and accepted me into their program. I started out with no money no job nothing. I worked and volunteering my time in the beginning to clear my head and to help with my living costs. I got a job later and started being a productive member of society. Due to my past I had some things hanging over my head, which one was me running from a taxi cab. So after being in the program for eight months I was pulled over for a traffic citation and put in the county jail in a city north of Tampa.

After calling the pastor and letting him know what had happened, he took money out of his own pocket and bonded me out of jail. This is coming from a pastor of the church that barely has known me for a period of eight months. He signed his name and put his own money up to get me out of jail.

After released I went back to the program continued working and migrating back into society. Before coming to the program I grew up in a Catholic church and was raised Christian. Pastor Tom is the first Pastor I got to know on a friend basis and the director of the program. I was never was involved in church I only used to go to church hear the message and leave.

Pastor Tom opened his heart up and his life up to me, there is never a day or month that goes by that I do not think about the love, the unconditional love he has shown me. Yes I am human and I made some mistakes and fell down while I was in Tampa. Pastor Tom has continued to trust and believe in me and when I fell down he held out his hand and pulled me up and put me on my feet and got me going in the right direction.



I am very saddened to hear the news about the New Beginnings of Tampa program. Everyone that is saying bad things or negative things to the program I encourage them to open their house up open their life up to homeless people. It is very easy to point the finger and say someone is a bad person.

The better and the more manly thing to do is to take action and not only rely on new beginnings and new life church to help out people that are less fortunate. What happens to the people like me, the people that are from a different county and cannot get in to the state-funded rehabs?


If it was not for New Beginnings of Tampa, there’s no doubt in my mind that I would be dead right now.


I now live in Arcadia, I have my own pressure washing company (Motivated Pressure Washing). I am a productive member of society I go to meetings and I go to church. New beginnings has taught me that I not only need Jesus and a church in my life but I also need to go to meetings on a daily basis to help me keep what I have. There is no amount of bad words or bad publicity that could make me have an ill feeling for New Beginnings of Tampa or Pastor Tom. Like I said I encourage anyone that has a bad word or a bad feeling for new beginnings to open a house put homeless people inside the house and you watch over it.

I really would like to see them open their lives and their hearts up to a person that is ugly, beaten up and looks like crap. My prayers are with New Beginnings and Pastor Tom will forever be on my heart and my mind as a savior who used Jesus Christ to change my life.

Thank you and if you need anything at all please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Lance Hastings

If you or someone you know needs help with substance abuse or hardships. Please contact New Beginnings of Tampa and we will help or get you the help you need.



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Is it the goal of the Tampa Bay Times to have homeless on the street again?

Is-it-the-goal-of-the-Tampa-Bay-Times-to-have-homeless-on-the-street-againIn 2010 my life fell apart. To be honest I had been a slight mess for a long time, but in 2010, right when I was getting my life together, it all came tumbling down around me. I can’t blame anyone but myself, of course. I made all those bad decisions. I chose to use drugs, I chose to steal money from my family’s businesses. I did it to myself.

At the end of a 5 or 6 month rollercoaster, I found myself homeless, friendless, outcast by my family, and nowhere to turn. I found New Beginnings on the internet, and thought to myself, “you know, perhaps a spiritually geared program is what I need”. The best part was that they accepted me, without insurance, and without any money in my pocket. I didn’t have a job, or any prospect really of finding one. They said, “Don’t worry about that, just stop using right now, and come in to see us”

To make a long story short, It took me awhile and one more try out there, and then back to New Beginnings, but now I have been clean for 3 years, and have a base of spirituality inside that I never had before. I got that at New Beginnings. I worked hard, both on myself, and for New Beginnings, but that is what I needed! Had I just sat around smoking cigarettes and complaining about how unfair the world is all day, I would not be here right now. I was thankful that I had a way to pay my program fees.

Reading the articles in the Tampa Bay Times, and some of the comments left by people are breaking my heart. It seems like Hobson is on the warpath against Pastor Tom. He doesn’t deserve it, I know he works just as hard or harder running the program and the church than any of the clients do, and most days barely has a free minute. And I have seen with my own eyes the lifestyle that he leads. It is far from Swanky, I’ll tell you that.

The saddest part though that the victims of this debacle will be the 120 or so men and women who depend upon New Beginnings for shelter and guidance. What happens to them? Is it the goal of the Times to have them all on the street again, maybe using drugs, maybe stealing to support their habits, maybe doing worse? I know what I was like when I was out there, and New Beginnings not only saved me, but also the people that I definitely would have harmed had I kept on going the way I was.

In essence without New Beginnings, I most likely would be dead now, and I probably would have done some very bad things in the process of getting there.

I’m begging Will Hobson and the Times to stop thinking about awards, and start thinking about the end game here. How is this going to end? I think instead of making accusations and assumptions we should ALL including Hobson, the NFL, MLB, and The Times, be trying to figure out what we can do to HELP this wonderful little organization.

-Roger B.


Get help for substance abuse. If you or someone you know has a problem with substance abuse in Tampa and need help. Contact New Beginnings of Tampa and we will help or help get the help needed for substance abuse.

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My name is Mike. I’m an addict.

my-name-is-mike-i-am-an-addict-new-beginnings-of-tampaMy name is Mike. I’m an addict. I can’t begin to count the number of times I introduced myself that way during dozens of failed attempts at substance abuse recovery.

I spent 35 years drinking and drugging. I have served 13 county jail sentences, 1 prison term, and 2 court ordered rehab programs. I have 3 DUI convictions, been classified a habitual drunk driver, and had my license suspender for 10 years. At one point my craving for drugs left me living on the streets of Tampa.

I spent 3 years living on the street.

In November of 2000 I checked myself in to detox. Not because I believed it would do me any good. Just needed to get some sleep and a few meals in my worn out body. While there I met Pastor Tom Atchison. He was talking to people about New Beginnings of Tampa and I was one of the first 13 men and women that moved in to his Chilkoot unit.

I didn’t have any intention to stay there, but detox is only for a few days and I needed more rest. But change occurred. I began to embrace a new lifestyle and I stayed there for over three years, surrounded by people that truly care about others and strive to make a difference in this world.


Today I live a very normal life. I work full time, sleep in my own bed, eat my own food, and I wont be on the corner begging you for money that I will promptly run to the drug dealer with. I also wont be driving down your streets taking the lives of you and your family in my drunken hands.


Thank you Pastor Tom for your much needed help. What an awesome vision you have. I cant thank you enough. Neither can the people of Tampa.

Mike Fugate
Still alive and well

Get help for substance abuse. If you or someone you know has a problem with substance abuse in Tampa and need help. Contact New Beginnings of Tampa and we will help or help get the help needed for substance abuse.



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If not for New Beginnings of Tampa I would not be alive today

If-not-for-New-Beginnings-of-Tampa-I-would-not-be-alive-today-New-Beginnings-of-TampaPastor Tom,

Before I was Blessed with being lead to New Beginnings I remember standing on a bridge in Ruskin about to jump, because all of my family had passed away one by one within a two year period of time. Shortly since this happening I lost my Faith in God, my direction, and my hope, I gave up on life and living.

After a short time of not going to Church where I had fellowship with others who live for the Lord, and going to A.A. where I also addressed my Alcohol addiction problem and found strength, I then soon started drinking again, and now my problems were worse.

I truly felt lost and alone for the first time in my life. I started having thoughts of taking my life and planning it. One night I found myself standing on a bridge in Ruskin ready to give up and jump. I could not do it only because my belief in God, and Jesus Christ being my Lord and Savior did I at the last moment have a change of heart about jumping off of that bridge, and instead went to a friend and shared my feelings about what I was going through and about to do. He called 911 and in turn I was Baker Acted where I was sent to North Side Mental Health Center for help.

I did not know where to go from there, they could not help me, except to give me pills and again I was at a feeling of hopelessness and thinking about suicide again. One of the Techs there told me about New Beginnings of Tampa and said it was a wonderful Faith Based Life Recovery Program that they could help me. I called and was set up with an appointment and interviewed and welcomed with open arms.

I want to express to you the greatest of thanks for what New Beginnings has done for me and continues to do each day. Because of New Beginnings I rededicated my Life to my Lord and Savior, I have direction and the greatest of hope. I have support here and people who understand what I feel, they are full of love and compassion.

This is my home now, as well as my family. This is where I am loved and cared for and all of my needs are met. People are saying some very wrong things about New Beginnings and are being mislead, they are not true. I have never been forced to work doing anything, but instead asked if I wanted to go to help out at the warehouse or to rake some leaves up to keep the property nice, or to go to the stadium to help out which honestly was really enjoyable, because I got to watch the games.

I never mind volunteering with out hesitation because it’s part of my recovery to help out and do my part because this is my home for now, until I get myself together, find a job, save money and step back out on my own where I can handle things. I worked harder before I came to New Beginnings just trying to make ends meet and pay my bills. Here all my needs are met and only asked to help out a few hours a day if that and focus on my recovery and growing in the Lord.

I want to express my deepest sincerity when I say thank you for helping me the way you have and New Beginnings because if not for New Beginnings of Tampa I would not be alive today. So thank you so much for saving my life, but also saving my soul. God Bless You and New Beginnings for everything you do and continue to do for not only me but, all of the Brothers here.


Kenneth Engelthaler


It is NEVER TOO LATE to get help for substance abuse. If you or someone you know has a problem with substance abuse in Tampa and need help. Contact New Beginnings of Tampa and we will help or help get the help needed for substance abuse.


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New Beginnings pastor Tom Atchison defends program against forced labor accusations

Thank you Fox 13 Tampa Bay for objective reporting.

TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Pastor Tom Atchison went before the Hillsborough County Commission Tuesday, and read from a Tampa Bay Times article released earlier this week.

“Critics say it’s indentured servitude,” Atchison read.

The article criticizes the founder and CEO of New Beginnings of Tampa, saying it uses homeless people for labor without paying them.

“It’s completely full of lies. Every bit of it. Even the financial stuff he’s writing,” Atchison said about the article. “Well, he said, we don’t pay them. We do.”

Anthony Cubbage is a former homeless person who has been staying at New Beginnings. He said he loves working the Bucs games.

“For myself, for the help that they’ve given me for the eight months that I’ve been here, I feel that I’m giving back helping them out,” Cubbage said.

However, the organization does get paid money for those homeless people who work those games. So where does that money go?

“We save that money for them until they’re ready to handle it. Most people have been on drugs or alcohol. That’s like putting a loaded gun in their hand. That’s too tempting for them, so we save that money for them and give it to them when they leave,” Atchison explained.

The handling of those funds have raised red flags. The county said New Beginnings doesn’t have transparent accounting practices when it comes to collecting and redistributing money to its clients.

Commissioner Kevin Beckner wrote a letter to Representative Kathy Castor and Senator Bill Nelson, calling for a federal investigation.

“Stop the nonsense, please!” Pastor Tom told the county commission.

Dozens of supporters filled the meeting.

“This place saved my life,” Dakodah Howells said at the hearing, as he wiped away tears.

“Just look at what they do for you. You have a place to lay your head every night, food in your mouth. They help you with anything. Teach you how to budget, how to take classes, even a simple conversation, you have something on your mind, any one of them will help you,” Howells said.

However, other former clients told the Tampa Bay Times they were forced to work without pay.

Atchison explained said that’s not surprising.

“When you put them out of the program for breaking the rules or using drugs, the first thing they’re going to do, they’re going to blame everybody but themselves,” he said.

New Beginnings’ mission is to help the homeless get back on their feet. Now they’re just hoping they can do the same.

“I just want to get this past us, get these people to stop this insanity against us and get on with the mission of helping people,” Atchison said.

Commissioner Kevin Beckner was in Washington, D.C. and unavailable for comment. There’s still no word on whether there will be a federal investigation into the case.


Original story: Posted: Dec 03, 2014 7:04 PM ESTUpdated: Dec 03, 2014 7:04 PM EST

Pastor Tom Atchison “took personal interest in all the people”

A Letter to Commissioner Kevin Beckner


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New Beginnings for vets in need


New Beginnings of Tampa helps veterans.

Thanks to Fox13 Tampa Bay for doing such a wonderful job covering the issues concerning veterans.


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This Veterans Day marks a new beginning for Andrew Grant. The military service member has struggled with addiction and homelessness for years.

He accepted help through a transitional program five months ago — a move that changed his life.

“I have been in Tampa and out of that 20 years I had a place to live maybe four months,” said Grant who said he once slept under bridges and in abandoned houses.

“This time last year, I was actually on crack cocaine. Now I’m not. This Veterans Day is my way of honoring my family because they honor me by serving.”

Grant served meals to the homeless on Veterans Day, as part of a volunteer service through his transitional housing program, New Beginnings.

Director Kevin Stabile says the program connects veterans with resources and services.

“A lot of these vets don’t know. There is a lot out there they can receive if they just ask,” Stabile said. “This is one of the places in Tampa Bay,

they can ask.”

Veteran Brian Kachelman says he began receiving help two months ago.

“From 1998 until now, I didn’t realize I had anything,” said Kachelman, who served in the Army from 1995 to 1998. “All of a sudden, this door opened up for me. I got health benefits, dental benefits and mental health coming to help. The sky is the limit now, thanks to the program here showing us what we can do.”

For Kachelman, one of the biggest adjustments came with the return to civilian life. He says he used alcohol to cope.

“You don’t have that structure. Structure is gone. You’re left to your own devices,” says Kachleman. “That’s when for me,

I start feeling overwhelmed, trying to latch on to whatever I could to fill that void.”

The same was true for 57-year-old Veteran Ralph Price, who served in the U.S. Army from 1973 to 1977. He described drugs and alcohol as his “relief valve.”

He called New Beginnings, a new opportunity. He has continued to improve for two years.

“Throughout my ups and downs of substance abuse, it is real bad when you reach a low point and you don’t care. You start believing that no one else cares,” said Price.

“I thank God there are people that do care. They helped me learn to care.”

For more information on resources and services available to veterans, visit:


Original story –  Posted: Nov 11, 2013 9:25 PM ESTUpdated: Jan 06, 2014 9:25 PM EST

By: Shayla Reaves, FOX 13 News

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Amazing Thank You

a2zprinthouse1  5.0 ♥♥♥♥♥ 04/2014

“New Beginnings of Tampa was a miracle life saver for my friend. His life was a mess no one could help him, His family thought he was a loss cause. Then he went to NBT they were so loving and helpful yes tough but he needed that and it saved his life. The staff are 100 percent committed to seeing lives changed and transformed through the power of God and walking through the steps to recovery.

This program is tough but fair you must be committed to becoming a new person and getting a new life to be successful. My friend always says you get what you put into it. We are so grateful to all the staff including the founder of New Beginnings Known as PT (Pastor Tom) he is so helpful and really cares about the people that no one else cares about. He told my friend “we will give you a hand up not a hand out” and he did.

My friend is doing great he uses the tools he learned at new beginnings every day and I believe he is free and transformed forever. Thank you New beginnings of Tampa and Pastor Tom for your daily sacrifice and commitment to saving lives one person at a time. God Bless You.”


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Fantastic ministry, but you get what you put in.

manuel362061  5.0 ♥♥♥♥♥ 04/2014

“New Beginnings of Tampa is a great program. If you are serious about getting your life straightened out and returning into the world as a functioning adult with a quality life, this is the program for you. There are so many resources available to you through this program. Once you walk the steps and prove your ready to move on to the next step, they have many outside houses and apartments in Tampa and surrounding areas that when available, they will move you to living on your own.

In the last two months, I have personally witnessed at least 5 people move into outside houses and have said they are very happy where they’re at. The staffs are very encouraging and helpful if you are willing to learn and listen.

The pastors and founders are absolutely wonderful and care very deeply about each person in the program. They have helped me beyond anything I deserve. They are very kind and giving. They have dedicated their lives to this ministry and to our lives as well.

If you don’t get anything out of this ministry, it’s because you haven’t used the tools that have been given to you. You get out of this program what you’re willing to put in it; it’s what you make of it. If you work this program, it will work for you.”



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