Every workplace has its own odd quirks and idiosyncrasies, and New Beginnings is no different. Here is a list of five ways that New Beginnings can indeed confirm that they work at this small yet amazing nonprofit organization established to help single mothers.
2. You know exactly where your office is located. Getting lost at New Beginnings is impossible, especially since there’s only one office to choose from. The writer of this blog did petition for an intern-only office space, but that idea was quickly shut down.
3. You are friends with ALL the babies. The program size means that you not only get to know each mother on a very personal level, but that you get to know her baby as well. This is why New Beginnings is known as The Cute Baby Capital of Milwaukee County.
4. Someone getting hired is BIG news. I’ve heard some people complain about being “just another intern” at other internships, but at New Beginnings, everything you do has an impact, even if you’re not a paid member of the staff. If you’re a staff member, the impact is even larger, which means that having someone new join the New Beginnings team is headline-worthy. Let’s have a round of applause for our new Media Design Intern Greta Sievert and our newly-hired case manager Clara Drinkwine!
5. You absolutely love your job! Just like motherhood, there are hard parts, but overall the work is worth it and rewarding in a way that nothing else can possibly be!
Do your impressions change as you get to know someone? Most often, it is the second or third interaction that help us form an opinion of who some one is. I had asked Letisha if her impression of the program at New Beginnings was any different once she started in the program. She honestly said that nothing had changed and that if anything, it had just gotten better and Nayari said that she started to feel more comfortable with the residents and staff. Nayari also said that the program got easier as she started getting into it and that New Beginnings isn't just a program, but a family that eats together and talks together also.
So, when does a good relationship actually start? It slowly develops over time through trust and commitment. We all have friends, and even friends that we consider family. These are the people who will take us through our good days, bad days, and accept and love us as if they were family. That is our goal with the mothers who come into the New Beginnings' program. There is a reason why we call it the New Beginnings Family. Letisha has been here over a year and she has developed a great relationship with New Beginnings. She has a good relationship with staff and has proved herself as a positive mentor with the other residents. When I asked her what she thinks of New Beginnings now that she has been here that long and become a Phase 2 resident, she said that it is everything that she wanted and needed and that she "will have something to say if anybody talks bad about New Beginnings." Nayari, who has been here over two months said that she now thinks "that the staff is very supportive and they push us (in a loving way) to do better in life and get goals completed so we can be set for life, our future, and our kids."
So what drives us? How do we build that relationship and trust? Is it our doing? No! It is to God's Glory that we help these mothers and their children. It was He who commanded us in His Word. "We love because He first loved us." - 1 John 4:19 "Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality." - Romans 12:13 God also tells us "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." - Galatians 6:2 This is what drives us and through His Grace, we can help these young women grow closer to Him. First impressions sometimes are not always how they initially seem, but overtime can develop into something beyond what we can imagine!
Christina Pritzlaff is married with two children. She has completed Early Childhood 1 & 2 classes, Infant Toddler classes, and completed the coursework for her Associates degree in Child Development. Christina splits her time between spending time with her family and working at New Beginnings. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her children, camping, fishing, reading, and doing counted cross-stitch.
Letisha joined the New Beginnings Family in January of 2017 and had her son in May 2017. She is pursuing her education while making God and her children the center of her world.
Have you shown kindness to others recently? A few weeks ago, I went through the Starbucks drive-thru for my daily dose of caffeine. When I reached the window to pay, I was told that the woman ahead of me already covered the cost of my coffee! I was so astonished by her kindness that I passed that joy along to the next person in line. I was hoping that the acts of kindness continued in the same way all day.
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18).
Brianne Hansen is the Executive Director at New Beginnings. She grew up in Marshall, WI and graduated from Lakeside Lutheran High School. Brianne has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UW-Milwaukee and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys singing, camping, spending time with her dog (Bella) and cats (Mufasa & Jasmine), and going on adventures with her husband, Daniel.