New Beginnings is a transitional housing program for women and children in violent domestic situations. Cumberland County ranks in the top 10 for the highest number of domestic abuse cases in the state.
After only three years in operation, New Beginnings helped move more than 40 families into self-sufficient lifestyles.
More help is now on the way. The federal government just approved a $670,000 grant for the program. The money will go toward more transitional housing, utilities and counseling services for women and their children.
"When women are faced with a domestic violence situation, they are considered homeless, because it's not safe for them to stay at home," says George Brackman, New Beginning's executive director.
New Beginnings is only able to house up to 14 families. With the help of the new grant, the center hopes to boost that number to 30 families.
The grant will go into effect February 1.