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Begin Anew of Middle Tennessee

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Causes: Adult Education, Education

Mission: Begin Anew of Middle Tennessee empowers individuals to overcome obstacles created by poverty by providing education, mentoring and resources. Our Core Values: We believe everyone deserves a chance to begin anew and walk a journey to a brighter future. (2 Corinthians 5:17 proclaims, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (ESV). We seek to minister holistically to every individual by addressing economic, social, and spiritual poverty. We address economic poverty through education opportunities, social poverty through mentoring and building community, and spiritual poverty by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Results: In 2021, Begin Anew continued providing adult education programs to men and women, primarily ages 18 and above. We increased resource referrals (such as groceries, clothing, job placement, counseling, rent and utility assistance, etc.) to students in need. We bridged the digital divide by creating a loaner program of Chromebooks for students without access. Additionally, we obtained digital curriculum to aid students learning virtually, as well as purchasing equipment designed to enhance hybrid learning. Our relational community came together both digitally and in-person. New volunteers came on board and served with others already teaching, tutoring, or serving as mentors/encouragers or prayer partners. Bible studies continued and remained a safe place for students to share their journeys and fears during difficult months. We continued offering a place of refuge and learning for all of our students.

Target demographics: individuals living in poverty change their circumstances and their lives.

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 300 students with the help of over 300 volunteers.

Geographic areas served: Middle Tennessee

Programs: • HSE (High School Equivalency) offers tutoring and/or classes in five subjects: Language Arts - Reading, Language Arts - Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. • ELL (English Language Learner) accommodating three levels of instruction: Level 1 - foundational vocabulary and basic grammar Level 2 - builds on vocabulary and grammar with additional verb tenses, introduces adverbs, and teaches longer sentence structures Level 3 - prepares a student for workplace vocabulary by learning phrases, sayings, and concepts, for example, how to exercise critical thinking skills and spends more time in comprehensive reading and writing. • Computer and Job Skills Training teaches programs like Excel, Outlook, Windows, and Word, along with skills such as building a resume, interview techniques, budgeting, goal setting, etc.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I remember when Christian Women's Job Corp began in the Nashville area around 25 years ago. It was a much-needed ministry for women who were struggling to take care of their families. The program's motto was "A hand up, not a hand-out," and it helped women study for their GED, learn job skills, and learn more about Jesus through Bible study. Free childcare was offered. Eventually, CWJC opened its program to include men. A few years ago, the name was changed to Begin Anew which helps signify the new beginnings women and men can experience in their lives. I have been a volunteer several times in the past and now serve on the Executive Board of the organization as the Woman's Missionary Union representative. I have seen first-hand how families have been touched by the ministry of Begin Anew! Sharon Lunsford Tyler

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working with Begin Anew for about 2 year now, first as a board intern and now as a full-time board member. They make such an incredible and significant impact in the lives of their students and their families. Each of the students has overcome great obstacles and continues to pursue their education for the betterment of their life and it is truly inspiring to be a part of.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Begin Anew has a local focus of attacking the poverty cycle at its origin. By providing education, Begin Anew is strengthening future families and the TN workforce on a daily basis.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Begin Anew for 5 years and have been serving on its Board for a year. This organization continues to amaze me at how well it is managed as well as the broad based outreach of support for the students. This outreach ranges from educational through the vast array of programs, to the spiritual with Bible studies and prayer partners, to the practical - such as finding people who offer free tax advice bilingual to the students. This program is truly a blessing to the greater Nashville community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe Begin Anew's success in helping students obtain their High School Equivalency can be attributed to the extras they provide for the students, such as tutors, mentors to encourage them in their journey, weekly Bible study and child care. I have heard students talk about how much they enjoy Bible Study, and without child care, some would not be able to attend classes. We all need encouragement, so mentors can play a very important role in a student's journey. I personally know someone who has graduated from the English Language Learners classes, which are so needed. Begin Anew is a wonderful program that helps many people!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Begin Anew is a wonderful organization that is committed to serving this community through education. The tireless workers and volunteers do so much and the students are simply amazing. I am proud to be associated with Begin Anew.

Jeffrey B.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Begin Anew is an amazing organization - driving positive change in the lives of every student served. The long term impact of the focus on education and spiritual growth will be felt for generations to come.

alliyoung

Board Member

Rating: 5

Watching how this organization is growing and impacting so many lives throughout Middle Tennessee fills my heart with so much joy!
- Joy that the cycle of poverty is being broken.
- Joy that people are following their dreams.
- Joy that the next generation is being impacted for the better.
- And joy that educational and spiritual community is being built.

BeckyHarrell

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love being a part of this agency. I have volunteered as a board member (6 years), member of the annual fundraising committee (16 years) and as a mentor to a student (3 years). Watching these adult learned achieve their HiSet (GED) degree or to learn English to improve themselves is so rewarding. At graduation, these adults beam with confidence.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through its adult education programs, this agency does change the lives of its students and impacts their families. During this past year (2020), I saw the commitment and passion of the management team, teachers, volunteers, and mentors overcome many challenges and pivot so that students could continue their studies via virtual learning classes. Students continued their studies and many were able to complete their HiSet and ELL level programs. Going forward, students will now have the option to participate in-class, as well as virtually. I believe the learning programs along with the agency's holistic approach encourages & supports each student.

I have heard stories first hand from children in the free childcare programs tell how their moms & dads got better paying jobs after obtaining their HiSet certificate and others tell how that after learning to speak English, moms, grandmoms, and dads could now help with their children's homework, participate in the community and obtain better paying jobs. I see students and families express their gratitude for this opportunity to learn. Yes, the next generations are changed.

At the end of 2020, I completed serving on the board for the past 6 years. In addition, I have volunteered on the annual fundraising event committee since 2005 - a major source of the agency's financial resources. As a donor and volunteer, I know how families are impacted with adult education and being given a second chance.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been involved with Begin Anew in some form or fashion for years. What a blessing to see lives transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, as volunteers and staff love, educate, and equip others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m so very honored to be a Begin Anew volunteer. Scripture tells us that we are commanded to love one another and that there’s no greater love than this. Begin Anew changes lives! It’s an incredible thing to witness every week, watching students study hard and make their dreams come true.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!” - 2 Corinthians 5:17

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I first learned about Begin Anew, I was drawn to their purpose of helping people empower themselves to a brighter future regardless of life circumstances through adult education and mentoring. Begin anew makes a difference in not only our students lives but for generations to come. Some of our students will be the first in their families to achieve their goals with education and job skills to set themselves up for success. How wonderful is to see first hand it is never too late to make a better future for yourself regardless of your stage in life? It so rewarding as a Board Member to learn about our students' accomplishments and the incredible staff and volunteers' dedication to our student's goals.
If you are wanting to make an immediate difference in someone's life, consider donating or volunteering to Begin Anew.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Begin Anew for 4 years as a volunteer. It is amazing to see the wonderful work this organization does close up. From teaching English to those who are seeking their GED, the various programs touch and impact so many lives and hearts in an amazing way. If you really want to be part of an organization that truly impacts so many people please join us as a volunteer or donor, we would love to have you as part of the family!

Tony Sizemore

Lindsey Baker A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Begin Anew around two years ago when I was recruited by a friend to help with the creative assets for their annual fundraiser. Since my first event where I learned so much about this wonderful group and the students across middle Tennessee, I have continued working with them on two additional fundraisers. Begin Anew helps so many families with education, childcare, professional skills, employment, and so much more. It can break your heart to hear about some of the situations people have come through, but to see the success stories and legacies being built by these incredible people who are going through the programs is both awe-inspiring and a blessing. I am so grateful for the work Begin Anew does, and I am so honored to work alongside them!

Donor

Rating: 5

WMU Foundation has been a donor to Begin Anew for many years. We are thrilled with their incredible impact on the lives of others. We believe every dollar we grant to Begin Anew changes a life...by the power of God. We will be partners with them for eternity.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I love the mission and vision of this great organization! Begin Anew has impacted the lives of countless individuals and families for over 20 years. From job skills training to English as a Second Language, the staff and volunteers give participants an opportunity start a new chapter in life.

Hunter M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Begin Anew meets its students on their journey to accomplish great things in life. My involvement as a board member affords me the opportunity to witness the amazing work of Begin Anew's staff and volunteers. I've seen lives changed and families transformed with the resources made possible by supporters. Why would someone not want to be a part of helping give someone a second chance? I'm super thankful to be a small part of an organization that does just that thing.

Donor

Rating: 5

Begin Anew helps individuals by providing education, mentoring, and resources to change the circumstances from poverty and despair to a pathway of success. This organization is available to everyone including childcare during classes. All who attend are offered a Bible study to learn of the unconditional love and saving knowledge of Christ. It is so encouraging to hear the stories of students who are able to obtain a high school and some college degree and how it changes their life. Begin Anew also offers English classes and computer skills. So many return after completing the program to volunteer and give back to the program. I can’t say enough about this faith based organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved in some capacity with Begin Anew since 2005 (mentor, volunteer and board member) and I cannot say enough good things about how this organization is managed and how much care are provided to the students, the children of students and the families of students. This organization dedicates itself to equipping students with an education, life skills, job skills, language skills and emotional and spiritual support. I see efforts to be fiscally responsible and conservative in spending and believe that any donations I make are being used wisely.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started my journey with Begin Anew a few years ago as a volunteer with my husband, as an immigrant and ESL speaker I am passionate about the mission and the work they do within the immigrant community and those underserved in the Greater Nashville area.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization for some 15 years and continue to be amazed at how hearts and lives are changed. Students not only gain diplomas but they also gain confidence and hope for their future. Because the transformations are so life-changing and the leadership has been so focused, volunteers like myself become to think of the program as an extension of our family. It is invigorating to see lives changed. In addition,I feel good about my donations knowing this non-profit has been smart with the use of funding, making every dollar go further.