New Beginnings of Norwell gave me a new lease on life. After divorce and Annulment of my 32 year marriage, I was not enjoying life. A friend had just started going to the Monday night meetings and invited me to come along and see if this would be for me as well. The first night is orientation. There were a dozen people in the room and seven years later I am still close with almost every one of them. That was the "New Beginning" I was looking for. The support that an individual receives from the group meetings, business meeting with a spiritual component and social time are priceless. You meet people at all different levels, trying to move forward in their lives without the significant other that they lost through divorce, death or other tragedies. I found strength from all my new friends.
After a time, I was able to give back by volunteering for various positions and being on Council.
I no longer attend meetings but believe strongly in the mission of New Beginnings. It was a life saver for me and I am eternally grateful.
I am a man who showed up at New Beginnings 9 months after my marriage died, thinking I should be getting over it, and failing miserably. Friends and family tried, but they had no idea what I was going through and advice like "get over it" and "get back up on the horse" was less than useful. I found a building that was filled every Monday night with people who "get it" because they are at various stages of getting through (not 'over') it. I've been saying "New Beginnings saved my life" for years, with only a little exaggeration. Listening to others and hearing yourself describe what you are going through to supportive people (no therapists, NB is ONLY people experiencing a loss of a relationship) got me through the dark tunnel and out into the light. Now I am "better than I have ever been". So I've been giving back, as an officer, a group facilitator, and still today as a volunteer. I will support NB for the rest of my life because I believe in it.
This is a one-of-a-kind support organization is the geographic area that offers compassionate, thoughtful and caring self-help facilitated group support for those who have experienced a loss. My loss was through divorce and in less than 3 months I had progressed far beyond my previous 2 years in private counseling. Can't speak highly enough about their work and the great need they fill. I believe in it so highly that I have since become an officer as a way of giving back.