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A Letter to Commissioner Kevin Beckner


New Beginnings of Tampa would like to thank Jim Wujek and the University Square Civic Association for sending a letter of testimony to Hillsborough County commissioner Beckner regarding New Beginnings of Tampa’s good standing in the North Tampa community. (This in regard to Will Hobson and The Tampa Bay Times accusations towards our organization)

We have enjoyed over 15 years of partnership with the University Square Civic Association and we look forward to many more years of being able to share the experiences we have and helping to keep crime down as well as helping those that are disenfranchised.

 

The letter states on December 3, 2014:university-square-civic-assocoation-letter-to-commissioner-beckner

Good Guys

Mr. Beckner,

To our neighborhood, you are one of the “good guys”, and so is Rev. Tom Atchison. We have worked with Rev. Tom and TPD to put drug dealers in jail (call me at 978-1191 to find out more). He and his clients are conspicuous because they are clean, respectful, and helpful to neighborhood residents.

Rev. Tom and his program have a “genuine” feel to them. We suspect that his efforts are not only “clean” but, quite possibly, exemplary.

Jim Wujek, President

 

University Square Civic Association
11101 N. 19th Street
Tampa, Florida 33612
813-978-1191

 

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New Beginnings pastor Tom Atchison defends program against forced labor accusations


Thank you Fox 13 Tampa Bay for objective reporting.

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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 of Tampa – “This place saved my life”


“This place has given me a better outlook on life”

“If I wasn’t at this place i’d probably be dead”

“I’ve never been asked to do anything involuntary. Everything, I want to do. It makes me feel better. Anything you need, these people help you”

 

Public comment at Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting – Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Citizens concerned for New Beginnings of Tampa express their public views and opinions regarding pastor Tom Atchison and the New Beginnings of Tampa Recovery Program and Emergency Shelter.

 

You can watch this meeting in its entirety at:

http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/htv/programming/home.cfm

If you or someone you know is lost and needs help. Contact us today.

New Beginnings a Non Profit 501(c)(3)of Tampa Florida runs a large Transitional Housing and Homeless Recovery Program that provides unaccompanied women, men and young adults over the age 18 with a safe place to live and an individualized, gender-responsive program of guidance and job training programs to help them stabilize their lives.

www.newbeginningsoftampa.com

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This (New Beginnings) program gives me a chance to start all over again


 

“They welcomed we with arms wide open.”

“I don’t agree with what I read in the (Tampa Bay Times by Will Hobson) article. I believe that was a total abomination in my personal view.”

 

Public comment at Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting – Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Citizens concerned for New Beginnings of Tampa express their public views and opinions regarding pastor Tom Atchison and the New Beginnings of Tampa Recovery Program and Emergency Shelter.

You can watch this meeting in its entirety at:

http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/htv/programming/home.cfm

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Homeless – I volunteer (at New Beginnings) to serve the homeless and the less fortunate”


 

“New Beginnings has given me the opportunity to get back out there in life.”

 

County Commissioner Victor Crist:

“You we’re never put in a position where you had to make a decision to work, to provide for the organization or you’re out?”

Public Commentator:

“Absolutely, not”

 

Public comment at Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting – Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Citizens concerned for New Beginnings of Tampa express their public views and opinions regarding pastor Tom Atchison and the New Beginnings of Tampa Recovery Program and Emergency Shelter.

You can watch this meeting in its entirety at:

http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/htv/programming/home.cfm

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“Thank you seems so small, but in the end those words I am left with.”

 

“If it was not for New Beginnings and the emergency shelter, I could not receive letters like this and know I have helped so many people get back on their feet.”

“They were very grateful to get the opportunity for them to show their gratefulness”

“It was all volunteer work on behalf of the center for it mission”

 

Public comment at Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting – Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Citizens concerned for New Beginnings of Tampa express their public views and opinions regarding pastor Tom Atchison and the New Beginnings of Tampa Recovery Program and Emergency Shelter.

 

You can watch this meeting in its entirety at:

http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/htv/programming/home.cfm

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New Beginnings of Tampa instills in people that they are somebody


 

“These people (homeless and addicts), when they come in we treat them as if they’re family.”

 “We treat them with love, respect, kindness.” “We love them, they are just as valuable as the next person on the street.”

 “A lot of them, their family has given up on them. Their family, everybody, they treated them like they’re nothing.” “We bring them in and we treat them like they are somebody.”

 “This not just a program. This is peoples’ lives at stake.This is peoples’ lives getting turned around when their families have given up”

 

Public comment at Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting – Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Citizens concerned for New Beginnings of Tampa express their public views and opinions regarding pastor Tom Atchison and the New Beginnings of Tampa Recovery Program and Emergency Shelter.

You can watch this meeting in its entirety at:

http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/htv/programming/home.cfm

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


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

“One of the things he did was get them on the health care program, the Hillsborough county. So they could get immediate help, whether it was psychological or whatever”

“He would get them bus passes”

Public comment at Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting – Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Citizens concerned for New Beginnings of Tampa express their public views and opinions regarding pastor Tom Atchison and the New Beginnings of Tampa Recovery Program and Emergency Shelter

You can watch this meeting in its entirety at:

http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/htv/programming/home.cfm

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Jeff Luddeke of Liberty Manor for Veterans comments for New Beginnings of Tampa


 

Jeff Luddeke of Liberty Manor for Veterans comments on how programs such as New Beginnings of Tampa helped him and helps the homeless community.

Work therapy programs “taught me how to be somewhere on time and prepped me for eventually holding a full-time job; and later becoming executive director of Liberty Manor” for Veterans

Public comment at Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting – Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Citizens concerned for New Beginnings of Tampa express their public views and opinions regarding pastor Tom Atchison and the New Beginnings of Tampa Recovery Program and Emergency Shelter Mission.

You can watch this meeting in its entirety at:

http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/htv/programming/home.cfm

Find out more about Liberty Manor for Veterans:

http://www.libertymanor.org/

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New Beginnings of Tampa Tom Atchison “Listen to the creditable people”

Public comment at Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting – Wednesday, December 03, 2014

 

Citizens concerned for New Beginnings of Tampa express their public views and opinions regarding pastor Tom Atchison and the New Beginnings of Tampa Recovery Program and Emergency Shelter.

“Stop the non-sense please.” “Listen to the creditable people.”
“Any of the people who believes’ any of these stories, you’re welcome to come to our property, see what we do, see that we’re faith based.”

You can watch this meeting in its entirety at:

http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/htv/programming/home.cfm

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