National Mission Partners

New Beginnings

Transitional living for survivors and families of sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking.

My name is Devin Long, and I am the grant and fundraising manager for Navajo United Methodist Center, also known as New Beginnings. I received your message via our website about learning more about our program and why the United Women in Faith should continue to support our mission. I hope to get to know you as well, and I hope I can serve as your main point of contact regarding the agency and the work we are actively doing.

I know the United Women in Faith has been a tremendous support for our agency in the last three years that I have worked with it, and I am positive that support began far before my time here. It is crucial for our agency to have your support to not only continue the work that we have done but also to continue growing and filling gaps in services to serve better survivors and families of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

I am unsure how aware you are of our program and services, but I would like to give you a quick overview of our daily work on campus. We currently have six fully furnished residential homes for survivors and families to live in for up to a year, rent and utility cost-free. During their stay, families are offered items like hygiene products, cleaning supplies, clothing, food, weekly individual meetings with their appointed advocate, weekly domestic violence support groups, weekly life skill classes, transportation, career and education guidance, parenting guidance (in the home and out) by our child trauma advocate, and more. In addition to these services, survivors in the residential program have access to our on-site trauma-focused childcare center. This center is the state of New Mexico’s only trauma-focused childcare center and provides reliable childcare to both residential and community members. All children in the center have access to working with the child trauma advocate, even if they are not in our residential housing program. We hope our center can provide families with reliable childcare regardless of their child’s unique needs. Survivors and families in the residential housing program and community also have access to our on-site counseling center, which currently has five therapists actively meeting with survivors and community members. We are also very excited to say that we have an extension of our on-site transitional living program that supports survivors and families living with the community. Through our Department of Justice (DOJ) program, we have an advocate who provides many of the same services that are offered to our on-site survivors. Still, these families often live within the community and are in the next phase of developing strong independent living. Our DOJ program provides survivors with rental and utility cost assistance and education cost assistance. Our goal through this program is to continue supporting survivors as they transition from our on-campus housing to living in the community, not be overwhelmed financially, and continue meeting goals that will support them long-term and change the cycle for that family.

The survivors who enter our program are all facing homelessness, and 100% of them have experienced domestic violence. The children that have been in our residential program have all experienced or witnessed domestic violence, and approximately 40% have also experienced sexual abuse. Furthermore,  in my three years with the agency, I have documented that 98% of the adults in our program have also been survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/ or stalking as children. There is a plague of generational trauma infecting our communities. The adults in our program are the children that our community either missed or failed. It is our duty to provide them with a second chance at a happy and violent-free life.

More survivors and families come into our program than survivors alone. They become like family. While we know that our outside community supporters may not experience these relationships firsthand, you are a key part of our ability to make a difference in these families’ lives. I hope I have answered your questions and that United Women in Faith will continue to be a part of our New Beginnings family.

We are excited to share that 2024 is our 30th anniversary of working with survivors and families, and we have big goals this year. We are trying to promote awareness about generational trauma. We will launch a page on our website dedicated to generational trauma soon. We also share videos and information on our social media pages. I will email you a link to the webpage once it is live.

Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope to hear back from you.

Kindly,

Devin Long
Grant and Fundraising Manager
NUMC New Beginnings
PO Box 6292
Farmington, NM 87499

www.navajoumc.org
www.facebook.com/newbeginningssjc


Red Bird Missionary Conference

Disciple making in the Heart of Appalachia

For years, the Red Bird Missionary Conference has been special to my husband’s family, who were Hoosiers, raised in and retired in Indiana. Perhaps loving cardinals was part of the folks’ attraction; the headquarters was Beverly—their daughter’s name! However, their proximity to Kentucky also made the location attractive. Their passion was passed onto us, enticing us to visit the Mission campus twice in our travels.

NEWS FLASH 2024! The Red Bird Missionary Conference in SE Kentucky has officially changed its name to the Central Appalachian Missionary Conference, CAMC, headquartered in Big Creek, Kentucky!

In the 1800s, settlers moved into this area, building small farms before the discovery of coal. Greedy developers took over the land to mine the coal, turning the men and young boys into poorly paid and badly treated coal miners. Even today, air and water pollutants, byproducts of coal mining production, explain the poor health conditions in Appalachian coal counties.

Red Bird Mission was a rural mission founded in 1921 by the Evangelical Church in the SE corner of Kentucky to provide education and Christian evangelism in the Cumberland Mountains. The Mission was started on a small piece of property at the confluence of Cow Fork and the Red Bird River. The story of Red Bird is one of deep faith in God. Red Bird Mission was born in answer to prayer. It is a story of gracious outpouring of prayer and means by the church. In 1968, the Evangelical United Brethren Church united with the Methodist Church to become the United Methodist Church. In 1973, local churches in the area were reorganized under the name of the Red Bird Missionary Conference. It offers the local community a Christian school, dormitories, a health clinic, a senior center, a food kitchen, and other community outreach programs and ministries. Google to learn more about this vital mission!

Jeannine Lish, President
Puget Sound Missionary District

Faith • Hope • Love in Action