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New Beginning Sanctuary

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Mental Health, Residential Mental Health Treatment

Mission: We provide faith based sober living program for people struggling with substance abuse disorders. We are a 12 month program and have many that like it so much they stay beyond the 12 months. We help dozens of men and women find and maintain their sobriety.

Programs: We provide faith based sober living for people struggling with substance abuse disorders. We are a 12 month program and help dozens of men and women find and maintain their sobriety.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is a safe place to live a good sober life..

revulkisum

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was on the verge of death and I found a safe place. NBS has given me another chance and that’s exactly what I needed. Feeling grateful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great program and safe place to live. Very thankful for NBS

Client Served

Rating: 5

If you want to learn how to live life on life's terms become responsible and accountable this is the place to do it. Use new beginnings as a stepping stone back to living life on life's terms. A safe environment to grow a safe environment to learn how to be comfortable being normal again.

1 Lacey W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been here for a couple months now and I’m actually finding myself and I love having the friends it’s helped me create. Lifelong friends and someone is always here to help you through whatever it is you may be going through. I can’t wait to continue my journey.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

New beginnings is a great program. So far my recovery journey has been a challenge like all other things in life but here at New beginnings I'm finding peer support with some really amazing people. I've not been in the program for long so I can't comment on the staff. I am hopeful for great things and for great changes on the horizon. To all those reaching out or maybe thinking about recovery what I can tell you is this at the beginning of each Dawn it's a new day. Hang in there I am.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The new beginnings program is exactly what the title states, a new beginning. An addict like myself who struggles with addiction needs a safe comfortable living environment. This program not only provides a safe place but also the structure to help people like me. I've been welcomed with open arms and kindness and I'm proud and thankful to be apart of this'll program and thankful for the opportunity to get my life back and to be a father again. Thanks New Beginnings.
Sincerely, Travis Wyrick

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This program really embraces what I belive in. It supports a Christian faith while using peer support to create a steady walk on the road to recovery. All of the founders have a heart for those struggling with an addiction. They personally involve themselves with each and everyone involved in the new beginnings program. As this is my second time in the program we know that they believe in Gods grace and multiple chance. I would like to encourage any one who's affected by addiction or has a loved one who suffers to join our community. Needs are great for donations, mentors and our doors are always open for anyone who would like help with finding the courage to change! Thank you new beginings for all the blessings, love and support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great place to be in if you really want to get clean and I have been there for 6 months and I have been working hard and this place has help me alot

2 Dennis H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The homes are kept clean and bug-free and well run. They often have activities, and you can make some awesome friends. The staff of NBC are terrific most of the time. If you are struggling and need that little bit of extra help, hit them up. The cost is a bit high but very doable as they will work with you as long as you deal with them in good faith. You won't be sorry.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When looking into treatments and looking into different recovery houses I stumbled across New Beginnings. And boy was it a New Beginning! It was a life saver and a Godsend! I will be forever greatful and thankful for this wonderul program, for Nancy, Alon and all the great people I have met alongthe way! My children got thier Mommy, my parents got thier daughter and I really got another good chance at life! I would whole heartedly one hundred and ten percent recommend this program to anyone striving for sobriety.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

New Beginnings Sanctuary changed my life!! This is the first sober living program I had ever been in and the only place to help change my life and help me to have the life I have today. Before new Beginnings Sanctuary I was an addict who lost my children, in and out of prison for many years. When I came to New Beginnings Sanctuary I got my first job and learned how to be responsible. I finally had love and a support system who stayed by my side and to this day is STILL by my side. Having rules and structure the program had helped prepare me to be the women I am today. The program is ran a certain way to help you be and stay successful . It’s all up to you if you use the tools they teach you to be successful. I stayed with New Beginnings Sanctuary for 17 months. I graduated and stayed until I was ready to leave . The program does not tolerate drug use and I was so thankful for that because that kept me safe. I didn’t have to worry about being around someone and being triggered. I will forever recommend New Beginnings Sanctuary to people who want to change there lives. New Beginnings Sanctuary is the reason why I am where I am at today!! And why I was able to live a life in recovery!! I for the first time in my life at 34 have my own place ! A vehicle! A family!! And my little baby!!! If you want change and want to learn a new way of life this is the program I recommend!! I love you New Beginnings !! I love you Nancy !! Thank you so much for still being in mine and my family’s life today I know if i ever need anything I can forever reach out and these people will be there for me

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The housing director of New Beginnings Sanctuary picked me up from the Greyhound Bus Station 21 months ago; straight out of prison.
She then took me to my new home and introduced me to my house manager & I've called NBS home ever since that day.
I'd like to take a minute to help clear-up some of the confusion from other reviews.
New Beginnings Sanctuary is a faith based program that firmly believes that there are multiple paths to recovery. They support Jesus Christ. They support 12 steps, they support MAT; etc. As a client of NBS, you are required to attend a minimum of three recovery meetings per week and one religious service. New Beginnings WANTS to see people recover, whether they believe in Jesus or not... but you'd better believe that God is in these homes.
One of the most beautiful things about NBS is their compassion and grace. There are RULES that every client must follow. NUMBER ONE being that there is a zero tolerance for substance use of any kind. I, myself, have had to have that hard conversation with the founders of NBS and start all over. FIVE days away from my 12 month graduation date I had to begin again. I had to go to orientation again. I had to start over with my curfew and restrictions.
RECOVERY WILL NEVER BE PERFECT. IT WILL NEVER BE IDENTICAL TO YOUR NEIGHBOR'S! What NBS does for us who suffer with a substance use disorder is provide a safe and stable environment for us to grow and mature in our recovery.
Notice the term, "mature." Clients will reside in a home with up to ten other recovering addicts. It will not always be easy... and as you can read from some others; when a dismissal or disagreement occurs, people can get sour and yes, sometimes that happens within the homes. NBS does it's best to ensure that these situations are dealt with quickly and appropriately to ensure the safety and comfort of those who are choosing to work a healthy program.
What can you expect within a healthy program? Rules. Education. STRUCTURE. And an expectancy to pay a program fee of $110 a week.
Having a financial responsibility that took precedence over any addiction or extracurricular activity I enjoyed, that was FAR less expensive that any rental agreement I could find in a, "normal housing," situation; was a blessing.
I needed to LEARN how to pay bills. How to be responsible for myself. How to budget LIVING COSTS out of my paychecks and respect the environment in which I was paying to live.
New Beginnings Sanctuary gave my children their mother back.
Saved my big brother's, baby sister's life.
Created a Certified Peer Specialist that shares her story with others who struggle with substance use.

NBS is a program, not a game; not an adventure. It has rules to keep people focused and safe. I can't think of a statement that's not an excuse for poor behavior that a person could truthfully use to disqualify NBS from doing anything but exceeding expectations.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The next drink I had was for sure going to be last! But I had decided that I would try sober living again for the last time. I had been in others before but, they seemed to be more driven by the place and not how to build recovery in the outside of those walls. At New Beginning Sanctuary they taught me how to build a foundation of recovery. Meaning not solely relying on the program itself. I was able to make connections in the recovery community, find a stable job, while having the accountability to stay sober. The other things they have taught me are how to be a leader, how to set a routine for myself, how that if I have goal I can reach it. I have 2 years and 10 month sober. My husband and I have a wonderful relationship, my family and I have relationship, and I am able to work in the Recovery Community helping others find there own path to Recovery. This program is still very much a part of my Life and without it I would not be where I am. Thank you!!

4 White C.

Client Served

Rating: 1

I agree with the young lady above this is totally a big joke our daughter was in the hospital under life-threatening situation didn't know if she was going to make it or not and they basically told us unless our fees were paid up we couldn't stay the night but if as soon as our fees were paid they was okay with it also their hypocritical my wife to be is was kicked out for having relationships outside with myself we've been together for a long time although her house manager is sleeping with another house manager which is forbidden her assistant house manager sleeping with another client which is forbidden and then also Nancy the head person has having a relations with a local drug dealer named Randy they make the rules up as they go basically it's all about money and they could care less about anybody I'm not saying that everybody's like that but in general it's all about money so if you need a place to get out of jail or something that's the place to go if you're trying to fix yourself it's not

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Alon F. 08/02/2021

Disgruntled client that claims we are about money but in reality could not honor commitment he made and couldn’t handle accountability. Client was dissmissed

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I was a client of New Beginnings and let me tell you from first hand experience they are NOT what they claim to be. Allow me to explain.

First you have to pay $110 a week to be part of the program. They own approximately 25 regular residental homes in 3 different cities with the majority of them being in Springfield, MO. Now, 10-12 people live in each house paying $110 per week making that $440 per month per client. Now, if you take the $440 that each client pays multiply that by let's say 10 (I'm low balling the number of clients per house) simple math will tell you that each house makes $4400. Now, take that product and multiply that by the the number of months in a year, since it is a year long program, you get $52,800. Multiply that by the 25 houses that New Beginnings owns and you get a grand total of $1,320,000. I will be generous and say that 60% of that money covers all of their expenses and you get a remaining balance of $792,000. Yet they claim that they are not about the money and they have passed themselves off as a non-profit organization. Additionally, they are always looking for handouts while the founder is investing the profits for his own personal gain. So tell me, with the aforementioned in mind, how is it possible that New Beginnings Sanctuary can make the claim that they are not about the money?

Next let's move onto the policies that you agree to follow when you sign up. With his being a rehab organization, they will conduct random drug testing. Obviously one of the main policies is that if your UA comes back positive for narcotics you will be dismissed from the program. That is policy number 1. But, the management staff does not enforce that policy on everybody. Before I personally decided to leave New Beginnings, I saw six people test positive for narcotics and get dismissed like they were supposed to. Yet they let 4 of those people return. Where is the equality? Moreover, there were others that were dismissed for the same violation and were not allowed to return. Again where is the equality? Now, we signed documentation stating that we would abide by each outlined policy and agreed to the repercussions if we fail to do so. Management then also signed agreeing that they would enforce them. Therefore, by having both signatures it became a legally binding contract. So what's the point of us having to follow they rules if they are not being enforced as a whole on each and every client? Not to mention that the CEO allows the management supervisory staff to make up policies as they see fit to the situation. Therefore you have to take their verbal abuse or risk getting kicked out if you show an inkling of disagreement. The staff knows that they have you over a barrel and they use that to their advantage to verbally push you around. Can anyone tell me how New Beginnings can make the claim that they are there to help you when they verbally push you around, insult you and just plain bully you?

Now, lets move onto their claim of being a faith based organization. They do not care if you believe or not, they force you to attend religious services. How they are able to portray themselves to be faith based rehab organization when they lie, deceive, threaten, verbally push you around and treat those who do not bow down to them like scum?

As I stated earlier I walked out because they were not doing anything to help me with my recovery. I also made the decision to leave due to New Beginnings' extreme hypocrisy. Now, you can make the decision to join this hypocritical organization or take all of the aforementioned to heart from someone who was permanently scarred by their lack of treatment.

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Alon F. 08/02/2021

Client disgruntled after being dismissed!