My name is Rose

Hi! My name is Rose. I am a former resident of New Beginnings who lived there from November of 2007 to April of 2008.

Before I came to New Beginnings, I had moved from living with my drug- and alcohol-addicted, verbally abusive ex in Appleton to sleeping on my aunt’s couch in Bear Creek to House of Hope, a women’s shelter in Green Bay. Although I was, and still am, thankful for it’s existence, life at the women’s shelter was very stressful and I hoped to find a place that was a bit quieter, somewhere I might be able to start fresh.

Joni, my caseworker with Bethany Christian Services, told me a bit about New Beginnings, and I was like, “Let’s go!”. I met with Kelly, the director, and got a tour of the home about a month before I was accepted.

On February 24th, 2008, I gave birth to a 9 lb., 10 oz., 22 1/2 in. long baby boy named Tyler, who I had placed for adoption. The placement ceremony, which is a ceremony comparable to a baptism, was actually help in New Beginning’s living room on April 2nd, 2008.

Throughout my stay, New Beginnings was extremely helpful! They connected me with the Hope Mentoring program, who then connected me with a mentor that I still keep in contact with and visit with! I was also connected to DVR, Advocap and the Housing Authority, who have helped me tremendously in the past year or so!

They encouraged me to go to college as well, which I started in August of 2008. Thanks to their encouragement, I will now be on my third semester in the Criminal Justice Corrections program at Moraine Park Technical College!

I still stop in from time to time, mostly to see what’s new and exciting, but also to share a cup of coffee or a meal. It’s great that they let me do this, because they have grown to be a family to me!

I am extremely thankful for New Beginnings, and all the support, help and encouragement they gave, and continue to give: to me, and I hope that, with the kindness and generosity of people like yourselves, they will be able to continue to offer these things to other women in need for many years to come.

Thank You!