New BeginningsA home for pregnant women and their babies.

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History

New Beginnings opened its doors on February 13, 1983 as a residential program for single pregnant women housed in the St Cloud Hospital. Previously, a group of volunteers from Birthline (then known as Birthright) recognized that the women did not have a safe place to live during their crisis pregnancies and were opening their homes to them as a safe place to live.

In 1985, New Beginnings relocated to its current location - an old convent - leased from St Anthony’s Church. In 1998, New Beginnings changed its licensure with the State of Minnesota to also serve babies, allowing new mothers to stay with their babies, up to one year after their birth. New Beginnings is currently licensed to serve up to sixteen women and babies and is currently in the process of expanding our license to serve a total of eighteen women and babies.

Purposeful Vision

We envision strong, independent women who build better futures for themselves, their families, and children.

Mission Statement

New Beginnings provides a safe, secure residence for pregnant women and their babies while fostering self-esteem, educational growth, and skills of living, parenting and decision-making based upon Christian values.

Core Values

As individuals associated with New Beginnings, we are guided in our daily decisions and actions by the following beliefs and principles:

  • We are physically, emotionally and spiritually supportive; we stand with and believe in each other
  • We are welcoming and accepting of diversity
  • We educate and encourage growth and learning
  • We act and treat others with respect, dignity and compassion
  • We hold people accountable to their commitments and goals

 

Goals and Accomplishments

Our goal is to help our residents to become independent, self-sufficient and healthy individuals and parents. This is accomplished through individual case management and our independent living and maternal infant programming. Residents identify individual goals they would like to accomplish while at New Beginnings and these goals are incorporated into their ISP – Individual Services Plan - developed by residents and staff. Residents are required to meet each week with staff to track and maintain progress on their goals. Each resident is also connected to a volunteer mentor who meets with the resident at least once per month to provide additional support and guidance.

New Beginnings requires all residents to attend school or be employed twenty or more hours each week. Programming is provided Sunday evenings through Friday afternoons that includes but is not limited to: prenatal care, childbirth education, infant development, parent education and decision-making, relationships, health and wellness, spirituality, domestic abuse, nutrition, meal planning and preparation, employment, budgeting and money management, education and career options, transportation, time management, cultural diversity, child care choices, and tenant/landlord rights and responsibilities. Residents receive incentive points for meeting all programming requirements and demonstrating progress towards their individual goals. Points can be redeemed in either the New Beginnings Women’s store or the Baby store. Each store includes a variety of donated items such as clothing, personal hygiene items, school supplies, bedding, household items, diapers, formula, baby clothes, toys, car seats, and strollers. Residents “graduate” from New Beginnings when they complete all the goals identified on their ISP and transition into independent living.

In 2007-2008, New Beginnings provided residential services to 22 mothers and 16 babies. In addition, another 125 pregnant women received referral services.

Staff and Volunteers

New Beginnings employs 12 total staff, 4 full-time employees and 8 part-time employees. In 2007-2008 over 75 active volunteers provided over 2,500 volunteer hours of service.

Funding

New Beginnings current operating budget is approximately $318,500. New Beginnings receives funding from individual donations, corporate and foundation grants including the Sauer Children’s Renew Foundation, the Morgan Family Foundation, the Central MN Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund, Central MN United Way, the Otto Bremer Foundation, the Diocese of St Cloud, state funding through the Positive Alternatives funding and Charitable Gambling revenue. New Beginnings also sponsors our Annual Birdies for Babies golf tournament, dinner and silent auction each year.