In 1979, Dana Cooper worked for a Cranial Facial Surgeon. One Saturday morning before Dana took her children to their usual weekend activities, her boss called her unexpectedly. A young woman needed emergency surgery and the surgeon wanted Dana to assist. When Dana arrived into work that day, she had no idea of the impact it would make on her life.
The patient had severe injuries and almost every bone in her face had been broken. Her husband had beaten her with the end of a rifle. After eight hours of surgery the young woman started her road to recovery. While the physical injuries healed, Dana became closer to the patient and quickly realized that the emotional scares were not healing so well.
Dana would watch the woman come to her outpatient appointments each week, accompanied by her husband. Eventually Dana asked, “why do you stay?” The woman responded “I have no choice, I have no where to go, no money, no family.”
New Beginning Center was born in 1983 in Garland, Texas, with an initial budget of $750, donated office space, a volunteer board, and a staff of one. Spurred by an abiding concern for the number of abused women seeking treatment in the local hospital’s emergency room, this initial group of twelve committed citizens planted the seeds for a program to serve families affected by domestic violence. The organization today has a budget of $1.8 million, four service sites, and a staff of 43.
New Beginning Center fosters an environment of safety, support, and respect for families affected by domestic violence through crisis intervention, counseling, shelter, education, and diverse community partnerships. The Center, in partnership with other organizations, works to promote social change leading to the elimination of domestic violence.
Among the services offered by New Beginning Center are a 24 Hour Hotline, an Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, Counseling, a Battering Intervention and Prevention Program, and Community Eduction.New Beginning Center was founded by a team of volunteers, thus there is a strong legacy of volunteerism. Volunteers are screened and trained, and participate within all agency programs. Well over 500 volunteers contributed nearly 20,000 hours of their time and skills to the agency last