In 1979, Dana Cooper worked for a Cranial Facial Surgeon. One Saturday morning before Dana took her children to their usual weekend activities, her boss called her unexpectedly. A young woman needed emergency surgery and the surgeon wanted Dana to assist. When Dana arrived into work that day, she had no idea of the impact it would make on her life.
The patient had severe injuries and almost every bone in her face had been broken. Her husband had beaten her with the end of a rifle. After eight hours of surgery the young woman started her road to recovery. While the physical injuries healed, Dana became closer to the patient and quickly realized that the emotional scares were not healing so well.
Dana would watch the woman come to her outpatient appointments each week, accompanied by her husband. Eventually Dana asked, “why do you stay?” The woman responded “I have no choice, I have no where to go, no money, no family.”
New Beginning Center was born in 1983 in Garland, Texas, with an initial budget of $750, donated office space, a volunteer board, and a staff of one. Spurred by an abiding concern for the number of abused women seeking treatment in the local hospital’s emergency room, this initial group of twelve committed citizens planted the seeds for a program to serve families affected by domestic violence. The organization today has a budget of $1.8 million, four service sites, and a staff of 43.
|New Beginning Center fosters an environment of safety, support, and respect for families affected by domestic violence through crisis intervention, counseling, shelter, education, and diverse community partnerships. The Center, in partnership with other organizations, works to promote social change leading to the elimination of domestic violence.
Among the services offered by New Beginning Center are a 24 Hour Hotline, an Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, Counseling, a Battering Intervention and Prevention Program, and Community Eduction.New Beginning Center was founded by a team of volunteers, thus there is a strong legacy of volunteerism. Volunteers are screened and trained, and participate within all agency programs. Well over 500 volunteers contributed nearly 20,000 hours of their time and skills to the agency last [fiscal] year.
New Beginning Center Programs & Services:
- Advocates and trained volunteers staff a hotline for crisis counseling, information and referral, and entrance into the emergency shelter.
- Residential services are provided to women and children fleeing domestic violence. Residential services to women and children fleeing domestic violence. The shelter provides food, clothing, transportation, counseling, support groups, legal advocacy, and resource linkage in an environment of safety and support.
- A residential program is offered to individuals and families who need further assistance upon leaving the emergency shelter. Participants may stay rent-free in one of twelve units for up to two years. During this time, they receive counseling, case-management, and life skills classes.
- Masters-level counselors provide individual and group intervention services to children, adolescents and adults experiencing, surviving and moving on from domestic violence.
- Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP): BIPP applies the most accepted principles of group intervention for those who perpetrate violence with their intimate partners and operates under strictly enforced programmatic guidelines.
- Community educators work with high school students and others to prevent relationship violence. Workshops for professionals are held several times each year to enhance their skills and knowledge about domestic violence.
- The New Beginning Center Resale Shop aids the organizational function in a variety of ways. All clothes, furniture, toys, shoes, books, CDs, DVDs, etc., that are donated can be sold or recycled. The net revenue from the Resale Shop helps fund client services. Above all, though, the Resale Shop provides all clients with the items they need. Often a client will flee domestic violence with very little - possibly only the clothes on her back. All clients receiving services from New Beginning Center can shop at the Resale Shop for free.
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New Beginning Center's full-time staff and volunteers have helped thousands of women since 1983. I am among their newest volunteers. To learn more about New Beginning Center, please click here to visit their website. If you would like to become involved by making a donation, you can be an integral part of the work to stop family violence. You can make an individual donation, or help solicit a corporate contribution from your company.
Did you know that...
- $36 Buys an infant's diapers for two weeks
- $78 Supplies milk for all at the shelter for two weeks
- $60 Provides a bus pass for a victim for a month while they're job hunting
- $200 Pays for agency crisis lines, available 24 hours a day, for three weeks
- $350 Underwrites medical supplies and prescriptions for the shelter for a month
- $1000 "Sponsors" two children for two weeks at the shelter, covers their emergency care, food, and counseling
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