Success Stories

Making a Difference

New Beginnings Support Program is proud of the work we do and the lives we’ve changed.
Our women come from all walks of life. Some of our women participants have suffered trauma and join our program feeling broken and shattered. Others have fallen on hard times due to unpredictable economy changes. We also welcome women refugees who are seeking an opportunity to rebuild their lives.
Our program participants all have one thing in common though – the resilience to not give up, and to do what is necessary to have a better life, often not just for themselves but also for their families. They are a committed group of women who are willing to do what it takes to become self-confident, self-sufficient, career-oriented and employable.
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You will be glad to hear that I had an appointment with the daycare and got the subsidy for my daughter. Thank you very much for your kind support, Denise. Thanks a lot for your kind cooperation.
Sumita is a young lady with two young children, ages 2 and 6. She came to us because she was currently receiving Ontario Works and was barely surviving. Her goal was to get a job in her field of social work, and to be better able to take care of her children. Sumita was challenged with requiring subsidized daycare, which she needed so she could attend the New Beginnings Support Program, as well as having the time to look diligently for employment. Sumita applied and was successful in her approval to join our program. New Beginnings advocated on her behalf for her daycare need, and we were successful in providing her with the support.



Jeannette is just one of our major success stories and we are very proud of her. She worked hard and was committed to move forward and succeed. She was on the verge of being homeless when she came to us; she was referred by our Life & Career trainer, Elizabeth Butler. Jeanette made it clear she wasn’t looking for a hand out just a helping hand to get back on her feet. We were able to get her an internship at the corporate office of one of the leading Banks’ for 6 months. They were impressed with her, and at the end of her internship we advocated on her behalf for an employment opportunity. She was first hired as a receptionist, but in a few short months she was promoted to administrative assistant. Jeannette further progressed in the company and was promoted several times. She became an executive assistant to one of their vice-presidents, but she didn’t stop there. Jeanette went back to school with the full support of the bank and became a leading product analyst. She also met her husband while she was interning at the bank, and they welcomed their first child in 2012.



Jennifer was more difficult to assist because she had been on Ontario Works for a very long-time and was used to a routine. We were able to secure her an internship at the corporate office of one of the leading banks. Jennifer struggled but never gave up. New Beginnings worked extremely hard to keep her there because our trainers saw her potential. We worked even harder to convince the bank to hire her post her internship. With the support of the bank Jennifer interned at, both organizations didn’t give up on her. Their corporate manager worked with Denise Whitter (our Executive Director) to get her hired as a secretary. We’re proud to share Jennifer’s story. She is now off welfare and has been working for the bank for the past few years.



I was one of those women who, although not poverty-stricken, needed a helping hand to get my life organized and find meaningful employment during a difficult time in my life. I am happy to say that after completing my New Beginnings internship, I have been hired full-time as an Executive Assistant, with great benefits! Thanks New Beginnings for giving me this wonderful opportunity. – J.D

Betty & Jane came to us from Y.E.S. (Youth Employment Services). They had both recently graduated from college and were unemployed. They didn’t want to go on welfare so they were applying to different programs to find a job. When they came to us they were eager to get started. Since they already had training the only thing left for New Beginnings was to assist them with finding gainful employment. They were both looking for administrative positions, preferably in a law firm because they were interested in the paralegal industry. We worked with a law firm in our area and the two young ladies were hired. When we had our last follow-up in 2008, they were still both employed.

Betty & Jane