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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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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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A letter of testimony from US Army veteran Lloyd White regarding New Beginnings of Tampa


US-Army-veteran-Lloyd-White-regarding-New-Beginnings-of-TampaDear Pastor Tom Atchison and fellow readers,

I like to get the record straight on a few things concerning New Beginings, My name is Lloyd White u.s. army veteran. I was almost at my wits end one night as I called the veterans hotline. After loosing a small business and home living in and out of hotels I was ready to end it all. That night. The Sheriffs office brought me to a safe place and then the next morning I was directed to this place called New Beginnings. A place where a veteran could get help and comfort. At first I did not like it but the love and warmth soon overcame me.

The staff and fellow vets was so warm and kind the surroundings soon became a place to grow in. At times God needs to shut a door in our life to allow the spirit of God to talk to us and open new doors. He knew I needed a new start in life cause the one I was in was not working.

One day I needed to go to the VA for a back pain ,normally I would have dismissed the thought of going to the hospital. But the VA staff worker insisted I go. I went to the ER and they took simple vitals, to my amazement they found a heart problem, with a simple blood pressure check while waiting for the back doctor. They soon found a vib and v vib,and kept me there for days. They said I had a serious heart disease called cardio myapathy, it required a diphibulator and pace maker to be placed in me. Basically I was dying of heart failure and didn’t know it. But God had a plan for me and he was going to see it through.

When God has a plan for us even we can’t mess it up, he won’t allow us too. Sometimes we have to be in a place to hear him. What I’m saying is if it wasn’t for being placed here at New Beginnings I can only feel that I may not be here today. The influience of the people here helped me to make the right decession to go the hospital. As I said normaly I would not have gone on my own I was to wrapped up in a shear road to Hell.

I can only tell you of the sure success stories of the lives touched by the program here, God has used this place to touch so many, even more for the vets, these men fought on the streets to make it safe, not to sleep on them. New Beganings has taken us off the streets and gave us a home.

My whole life has been changed and I’m a better man for it. I’m growing more each day. It,s not just a program, it has been way of life for me and so many others. I just wanted to thank pastor Tom and the staff here for the hand up in life and chance to be a better man in Christ. I can only pray that this life changing place will be able to continue and grow.

Thanks New Beginnings for a job well done.

Sincerly,LLoyd White

Vet Program , New Beginnings

If you are a veteran in need of help with homelessness, drug recovery or any kind of hardship in Tampa. Please contact New Beginnings of Tampa and we will be glad to help or find the help you need.

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New Beginnings – “This place saved my life”

Dakodah is a former gang member who decided to turn things around, and did so with the help of staff at New Beginnings of Tampa. “Anything you need, these people help you.”

He says he could have been dead, “This place saved my life” and “This place has given me a better outlook on life”.

We are very blessed to have him in our lives and at only twenty one years old,  he has a life that makes him feel better .

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New Beginnings of Tampa homeless outreach will continue Saturdays

TAMPA – Every Saturday morning, Tom Atchison, the founder of New Beginnings of Tampa, leads a group that helps feed the homeless.

They do so at a public parking lot in downtown Tampa. Atchison admits he doesn’t have the permits required to legally conduct the feeding, but believes it’s still worthwhile because of the good it does for the community.

In addition to feeding the homeless, he offers them health care, legal advice and spiritual outreach.

“It’s feeding them to get them here,” Atchison said, “so we can talk to them about getting off the streets.”

For years, the city of Tampa has allowed him to operate without issue.

Recently, though, the homeless population of Tampa has expanded greatly. As other cities have banned panhandling, more and more of the homeless have moved to Hillsborough County.

According to the Tampa Police Department, they have seen a large increase in the number of complaints about the homeless.

In an attempt to appease some of the people who are upset, the city made the decision to shut down all homeless feedings on public property. That included Tom’s in downtown Tampa.

Atchison was upset by the decision and wanted to get the city to reconsider. On Wednesday, he was able to meet with Asst. Chief John Bennett from the Tampa Police Department.

Atchison explained to Bennett that he did more than feed the homeless. Bennett agreed there was value in what New Beginnings was doing.

“Based on what he says and my experience with the homeless population, what he’s doing can be very effective,” Bennett said.

Bennett agreed to work with Atchison and find a suitable solution. The first option is Atchison moving his Saturday morning feedings inside the Salvation Army on Florida Avenue.

That way, Atchison and his group can take advantage of the air conditioning and restrooms, and also be able to operate legally.

If Atchison decides that location is not suitable long-term, Bennett said the city would still be willing to find a different location that would work.

 

Story done by Jeff Butera while at WFTS Tampa Bay ABC Action News

http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-tampa/compromise-found-on-homeless-outreach

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