To The Laconia Sun,
On behalf of everyone at New Beginnings, especially those we serve, I would like to thank everyone who voted "Yes" on the warrant article to provide New Beginnings with funding from the town of Gilford.
Since 1991, New Beginnings has provided free and confidential services to people in Belknap County whose lives have been affected by domestic and sexual violence and stalking. The result of this vote will help us continue providing essential, life-saving services to those in need.
Individuals and families from Gilford have benefited from New Beginnings' services. They have stayed in our shelter in order to flee violence in their homes. They have received assistance from court advocates while petitioning for a restraining order and attending related hearings. They have received support when they have arrived at the hospital after being sexually or physically assaulted. They have reached out to hotline advocates for crisis intervention, and non-judgmental support, and information about their options. After healing from the trauma they've experienced and creating positive changes in their lives, they have gone to serve as volunteers and Board of Directors members in order to create positive change in their community.
Through this demonstration of community support, you have not only granted the funds to help ensure continued services, you have also reached out to survivors to show that this is a responsive community that believes that everyone deserves safety in their homes and respect in their relationships.
If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic or sexual violence, New Beginnings is available 24 hours a day. Services are confidential and free of charge. You don't have to be in crisis to call us. Advocates are available through the state-wide hotlines: 1-866-644-3574 for Domestic Violence and 1-800-277-5570 for sexual violence. For general information about New Beginnings, education and prevention programs, or volunteer opportunities, please call the office at (603) 528-6511.
Education & Outreach Coordinator
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