New Beginnings

an end is also a new beginning . . .

aka Separation/Divorce Support Groups, Inc.   |   Olney, MD   |  www.newbeginningsusa.org

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.

Notes from the nonprofit

New Beginnings is the oldest ongoing support group for people coping with separation/divorce in the DC metro area.

Ruling year info

1981

Executive Director

Ms Carol Randolph

Main address

2711 Covered Wagon Way

Olney, MD 20832 USA

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EIN

52-1228623

NTEE code info

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Single Parent Agencies/Services (P42)

Personal Social Services (P50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Facilitated Discussion Meetings

New Beginnings offers 5 monthly discussion meetings, facilitated by a member-volunteer, trained to guide the discussion.

Population(s) Served
Adults

1-2 expert speakers each month from the professional community. Topics include divorce law, financial guidance, coping skills and personal growth issues.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Social event and community outreach the first Saturday of every month, featuring a fixed-price dinner and movie of choice at various locations in the DC metro area.

Population(s) Served
Adults

5-12 events throughout the year, including picnics, potluck dinners, dances and game nights.

Population(s) Served
Adults

6-week public education seminar for people contemplating or in the early stages of separation, offered twice a year in Rockville since 2013. Also offered twice in Virginia (2014), once in Frederick (2015) and once in Columbia (2016).

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Self-Help Group of the Year 1980

Mental HealthAssociation of Northern Virginia

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of discussion meetings held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Facilitated Discussion Meetings and Expert Speakers

Number of participants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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.

For 42 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.

*In 2020 in response to the pandemic, we moved all our programs online.

*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 7th 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. Online meetings permit expansion beyond the DC metro area.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Event Evaluations,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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New Beginnings

Board of directors
as of 8/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Richard Rieman

Craig Durkin

Jefferson Consulting

Carol Randolph

New Beginnings, Founder

Richard Rieman

Cecilia Snyder

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/19/2020,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/19/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.