Mission

The mission of New Life Village is to provide a supportive environment, within an intergenerational community, for children in need of a safe, stable and permanent family experience.

Vision 

To dramatically reduce the number of children who have been in foster care for over 1 year.

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New Life Village was founded in 2012 and is located in Tampa, Florida – an area which is heavily impacted by the affordable housing, opioid and foster care crises. NLV is an intentional, intergenerational community designed to support families raising adopted, kinship and foster children, many who have survived abuse, neglect, and trauma, offering them program-rich, below-market housing, and onsite wrap-around services. Senior citizens also live in the Village serving as surrogate grandparents, tutors and mentors to these children. The Village promotes permanency, community, and caring relationships, while offering safety and meaningful purpose within a trauma informed community. The trauma-informed approach ensures individuals, families, communities, and organizations adopt strategies to help others overcome the obstacles of trauma, and prevent the possibility of re-traumatization. NLV also hosts an onsite Wellness, Resilience and Character Development Program. It is an alternative to the isolation, trauma, and adversity that too many foster youth, their adoptive families, and aging elders endure. Our wholistic community approach leverages the power of place, permanence, and shared social purpose to improve residents’ housing stability, access to health resources, educational attainment, and community connection. 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. Currently, there are 104 residents at the Village, with 54 children and 50 caregivers and supportive seniors living on site. NLV 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! We focus on three areas that impact the local foster care system:

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.