Mission

New Life Village is an intergenerational residential community where families seeking permanency for children impacted by foster care or trauma can heal and thrive in a safe and stable environment.

Vision 

Helping children heal and thrive despite trauma and adversity.

New Life Village Featured on the Christian Broadcast Network

New Life Village opened its doors in and is located in Tampa, Florida – an area which is heavily impacted by both an affordable housing and foster care crises. NLV is an intergenerational community designed to support families raising foster to permanency and kinship children who have survived abuse, neglect and trauma, offering them program-rich, below-market housing and onsite wrap-around services.

Designed for children formerly in foster care and/or affected by trauma, their foster-adoptive-kinship families now providing them permanency, and elders seeking meaning and purpose, our community-driven intergenerational housing and integrated onsite services improve health and wellbeing, housing stability, and educational attainment for residents at all stages of life. Senior citizens also live in the Village serving as surrogate grandparents, tutors and mentors. Autonomous families live at the Village. NLV is not a group home. 

The Village program allows children to realize safety, housing stability, permeance, healing and the ability to thrive within a trauma informed community. The Village hosts an onsite Trauma Informed Wellness, Resilience and Character Development Program. We exist to reduce the number of children in foster care by encouraging more families to adopt or to prevent children from entering foster care.

New Life Village was recognized by the Florida Civic Advance with the 2019 Honorable Mention FCA Civic Excellence Award for Intergenerational Civic Engagement. New Life Village is the only community of its kind in Florida! 

Why Do We Exist?

Both nationally and locally, the foster care system is filled with children who need a forever home. These kids have been through more than most of us can imagine and end up in foster care through no fault of their own.

Nationally…..

  • According to the Children’s Bureau there were 424,000 children in foster care in 2019
  • Children spent an average of 14.7 months in foster care and 13% spent 3 or more years in care
  • 122,000 children were waiting to be adopted in 2019
  • According to the AFCARS Report, over 20,000 children age out of foster care annually, leaving many homeless
  • According to the Casey Family Programs, the U.S. spends $7.3 billion on federal child welfare funding

In Hillsborough County…..

Hillsborough County is amidst both a Foster Care and an Affordable Housing crisis. There are simply not enough affordable housing options for seniors and low-income families, and there are also not enough foster homes for the volume of children entering into the system of care.

  • Florida spent $252,213,323 on foster care in 2019
  • Florida is 3rd in US, behind California and Texas with 22,781 children in foster care
  • Hillsborough County is #1 and Pinellas County is #2 in the state for the amount of children placed in foster care
  • As of January 2020
    • Hillsborough County Circuit 13: There are 2,366 children in foster care
    • Pinellas/Pasco Circuit 6: There are 2,484 children in foster care

Village Statement of Faith 

The Great Commandment is the source and strength of New Life Village. Love God above all things; Love others as God has loved you! Following that commandment, New Life Village is mandated by the specific teaching of Jesus to “Let the Little Children Come to me–woe to the one who hurts one of them,” As witnesses of God’s Presence among us, the program operates day-to-day, aware of and obedient to the movements of the Holy Spirit in all its interactions and decision making. We respect and embrace all people in an interfaith community that practices showing the love of Christ through service and love. As part of God’s mission for us, we believe, as a Village, it is our priority to help one another develop wellness, resilience, and healing.