Do these sound familiar? Our busy lives keep us on the move. We go here and there getting things done. We are working, cooking, cleaning, watching the grandkids, or still running our own children to practices and games. What if you were the key to just one mother’s success in the New Beginnings program? Would you find time then? How much would that be worth to you if you could help change that one life? Just that one bit of knowledge that you could share or that one shift that you could cover once a month could make all the difference in the world.
We have many different volunteers here at New Beginnings. Some volunteers come in only one time for a school project. Some come in to help with special projects. Still others come in once a year to do a Group Night activity. We do have a great group of volunteers who come in and three of them are very dedicated. I would like to take the time to give them a huge "Thank You" and share a little of who they are.
First, we have Julie. Julie has been with us a long time and comes in about twice a month to have dinner and devotion with our mothers and babies here. The residents absolutely love having her here and she loves to come in and share God’s Word with them.
Last but not least, we have another Julie! Julie has such a beautiful skill set. She comes in to help cover staff hours and she has been blessed with a wonderful gift to decorate. Julie is in charge of our Boutique but has expanded her skills to holiday decorating and organizing.
We have plenty of other volunteers that I would like to mention but we also have plenty of volunteer opportunities if you would like to help make that difference for a mother and her baby. For more information on volunteer opportunities, click here.
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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.
2. The faith and fellowship we have on Friendship Sunday. Going to church with staff members and residents on a monthly basis promotes a feeling of unity and peace.
6. Learning about non-profit work. Not only does New Beginnings provide a ready-made, customizable opportunity for an internship, but it also gives me the chance to see the inner workings of a non-profit organization up close.
8. Everyone showing off their group recipes at Group Dinners once a month. With each month having a different food-related theme, it’s no surprise that every dish created by a staff member, resident supervisor, or resident is amazing!
10. Writing for the blog! As an English major, I always enjoy the chance to express my thoughts with writing.
Elizabeth Scheibl is an intern and Resident Supervisor at New Beginnings. She is still an English major and History minor at Wisconsin Lutheran College. In her spare time, she likes reading, writing, and standing on chairs and singing.
New Beginnings recently finished the boutique design project, and we are thrilled that it is finished! When I suggested that we transform our dingy basement into a beautiful, welcoming space, I failed to consider two things. The first is how difficult and time-consuming it would be, and the second is how much patience I would need to see the project through to completion.
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought nearby the blood of Christ.” – Ephesians 2:13
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.