Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

New Beginnings

an end is also a new beginning . . .

Olney, MD

Mission

New Beginnings, founded in 1979, deals strictly with issues pertaining to separation and divorce and improved relationships. As such, it is the only area organization open to people with or without children. Emphasis is on facilitated discussion meetings, supplemented by speakers and social events in a supportive environment of peers. New Beginnings believes that strong personal relationships are the foundation of a healthy and productive society.

Ruling Year

1981

Executive Director

Ms Carol Randolph

Main Address

2711 Covered Wagon Way

Olney, MD 20832 USA

Keywords

Separation, divorce, single, single parent, relationships, support group, coping

EIN

52-1228623

 Number

1851275052

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Single Parent Agencies/Services (P42)

Personal Social Services (P50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Marital separation and divorce are two of the most stressful life events anyone can experience, second only to death of a spouse (Holmes & Rahe Stress Scale). It is often an isolating experience with little or limited support from family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. The legal process can be drawn out, acrimonious and financially devastating. Children and extended family members can also be affected by the rupture of the marriage.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Facilitated Discussion Meetings

Expert Speakers

Dinner & Movie Night

Social Events

Divorce 101

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of discussion meetings held

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Facilitated Discussion Meetings and Expert Speakers

Number of participants

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Facilitated Discussion Meetings and Expert Speakers

Number of phone calls/inquiries

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Inquiries about services, received through website or phone

Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Facilitated Discussion Meetings

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Meeting hosts, facilitators, and leadership positions

Number of attendees (Divorce 101)

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Divorce 101 is a 6-week public education series offered twice a year for people contemplating or in the early stages of separation. The number shown is the number of unique participants.

Number of professional volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Attorneys, mediators, financial advisors, and mental health professionals (Divorce 101 and expert speakers)

Number of pro bono hours contributed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Divorce 101 and expert speakers. Divorce 101 was also offered in Frederick in 2015 and in Columbia in 2016

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

New Beginnings offers the supportive community of others experiencing the same challenges, reducing isolation and offering practical guidance. Our goals are to ease the process and speed healing, so that people can recover from this life crisis and find new meaning in their lives. We also educate people about the divorce process, so that they have sufficient information to make good decisions for their future.

We provide a friendly and supportive environment in which people can share and explore their feelings and challenges as they navigate the life crisis of separation and divorce. Facilitated discussion meetings, held in members' homes, encourage people to identify and address issues of concern. Expert speakers from the professional community offer specialized wisdom and practical guidance. Social events provide opportunities for people to expand their support network and practice new social skills. Members who are able to open their homes as hosts gain practice in useful new skills as a single person. Members who train to become meeting facilitators gain confidence and the gratification of helping others as they were helped.

New Beginnings is based on the premise that you help yourself by helping others. Each person brings the wisdom of their own experience to the group. We learn from each other and find strength in community. Our programs are member-driven, relying on volunteers to schedule meetings and social events and to offer their homes. One paid staff (Executive Director) oversees the monthly calendar and manages all administrative aspects. Membership dues, meeting/event fees and donations provide the financial base for our programs.

Progress indicators are largely subjective, based on the experience of our members as they move through their divorce process. It is not unusual to hear "New Beginnings saved my life." We can look at the number of people who contact us for information, who come to an event and who subsequently join. We can look at the number of members who renew and for how long. Some people inquire about the organization but never attend a meeting. Most of those who come to a meeting eventually join. Most who join renew for at least one year, and many renew for more. After the initial trauma of the divorce is over, a good number of members remain members because they have made lifelong friends in the group and/or because they believe in supporting our mission to help others.

For almost 40 years, New Beginnings has been a unique and valuable resource for the DC metro area. No other organization does what we do. *For a period of about 10 years beginning in the mid-1980's, New Beginnings was one of several area support groups that joined together as the Coalition of Separation/Divorced Self-Help Groups. The purpose of the Coalition was to pool volunteer and financial resources of member groups in order to sponsor outreach events on a larger scale than would otherwise be possible by any one group. The largest such event was a day-long Singles Fair featuring workshops, lunch and a closing reception. *Through the mid-1990's, we offered many weekend workshops, led by area professionals, on issues related to separation/divorce, relationships and personal growth. *Since 2002, we have offered monthly Dinner & Movie Nights, held in different locations in MD, DC and VA. These popular social events provide easy opportunities for newly single people to get out of the house, socialize with others and enjoy a dinner and movie they might not pursue on their own. In 2018, we began offering Sunday Brunch & Movie outings as well for those who prefer daytime activities. *In 2018 we began offering online discussion meetings, allowing people to participate by phone or webcam without having to battle traffic or engage a babysitter. *We have trained many members to become meeting facilitators. Some of these have gone on to pursue careers in mental health. *Over 200 couples have met and married in New Beginnings; some have had children. While this is not the goal of New Beginnings, it is nonetheless an indicator of a positive impact on many lives--even some who would not be here otherwise. *Our signature program, Divorce 101, has just completed its 6th year. This 6-week series, offered twice a year, features 12-14 of the top family law professionals in Montgomery County. Participants pay only $10/session or $50 for all 6. What's next? Our goal is to continue current programs, possibly expanding the number of offerings by number or geographic area. New Beginnings is the only ongoing support group for separation/divorce and the only one open to people with or without children.

External Reviews

Awards

Self-Help Group of the Year 1980

Mental HealthAssociation of Northern Virginia

Financials

New Beginnings

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No