New Start’s mission is to reach teenagers who society considers the least, last, and lost. Often our teens have been forgotten, abused, or abandoned. They have made poor decisions, and are now facing the consequences of those choices. Our goal is to encourage, refocus, and reinforce positive growth in our youth. No matter what choices have been made in the past, there is always a time to move forward. Our teachings focus on the belief that God works through New Start to answer the calls for help from these young people. Our goal is to join God where He is already at work in their lives.
To share this hope with our youth, New Start has 23 volunteer mentors. Our teaching schedule includes seeing approximately 75 young people each week at five separate locations, with meetings six days a week. Those locations include a maximum security facility, an alternative school setting, several residential facilities and a church on a Saturday night Detention Facility The Daytona Residential Treatment Facility serves 30 males, ages 13 to 18, who have been adjudicated to a high-risk, sex offender treatment program. Program youth receive individual and family therapy, as well as daily group services.
RAP serves males and females aged 13 to 18 who reside in Volusia and Flagler Counties and have a primary diagnosis of substance abuse and/or dependence. Adolescents served by RAP have varying degrees of substance abuse or dependency issues, ranging from progressive chronic addiction to those who have entered an experimental stage of substance abuse but whose drug use can be therapeutically addressed prior to severe adverse consequences. Co-existing problems (i.e., mental health, criminality) are common within the population and are therefore addressed in the treatment and continuing care planning process.
The mission of Beach House is to help prevent juvenile crime and involvement in the dependency system by enhancing the quality of life for troubled youth, facilitating their self reliance, strengthening their concern and caring for others, helping them to resolve and cope with personal and family conflict and providing temporary shelter. New Startis a partner in the mentorship of youth in this facility. Our goal is to provide short term hope for the temporary fear in there lives.
Every Thursday night at First United students from RAP attend worship. The worship environment is small and intimate, casual and welcoming, and our students have felt at home in the service. Our students have been welcomed with open arms and been asked to participate in giving and receiving communion, baptism, and the question and answer session at the end of the service.
New Start’s “prayer partner” program today has grown to over 105 youth and is headed by Susan Lazzell and Susan Miller. The Prayer program is available to all youth weekly via prayer request cards and the team meets weekly with that weeks selected group. With Susan’s devotion to prayer partnering, each New Start youth’s prayers are prayed for each week and daily. Prayer requests are also e-mailed to many others who have chosen to pray on a continual basis for New Start’s youth.
New Start is a faith-based, privately funded, youth outreach ministry which depends solely on contributions from our supporters. We accept no State or Federal funding; which might place restrictions on the freedoms to minister to our youth and their families.