New Life Village is home to children aged birth to 18, many of whom have survived trauma. Our goal is to inspire families to adopt children from foster care and to help as many children as possible to find permanency. NLV’s program is designed to create daily connections and promote healing. Our holistic program ensures that each child has a family that is supportive and supported. The Village creates constant opportunities for all residents  to build relationships with each other. To reach these goals, the Village offers the following:

New Life Village pairs residents in need of casework services with local partner agencies to ensure each family has access to wellness, educational and vocational resources such as  physical and mental healthcare. NLV is also intentional about hosting regular onsite programming focused on resilience and character building. Our Whole-Community approach gives meaning and purpose to our youth, caregivers and seniors, and it helps move lives forward. Every day residents, community partners, and volunteers come together to provide children the opportunity to learn, play, exercise, heal and build trusting relationships. Programming also supports senior and caregiver wellness.

Programming includes:

  • Onsite Wrap-around Services & Resource Referrals
  • Learning Center Tutoring
  • Financial Literacy Training
  • Trauma Training
  • Caregiver Wellness & Healing Groups
  • Pool Time
  • Crafts
  • Creative Writing
  • Potlucks
  • Birthday Celebrations
  • Holiday Celebrations
  • Mentoring
  • Sports
  • Bingo
  • Sewing Classes
  • Movie Nights
  • Support Group
  • Life Puzzle
  • Prayer Group
  • Book Club

NLV’s inclusive and holistic approach to providing family support, senior services and community connection has built place, permanence and purpose for our resident foster-adoptive-kinship youth, their caregivers and elders. All caregivers and seniors are surrogate grandparents, volunteers in the community, tutors, or babysitters and more.

Wellness, Resilience and Character Development Program

Sponsored By:

Onsite Family Support Services
New Life Village pairs residents in need of casework services with local partner agencies and churches to ensure each family is receiving any available resources and support for their specific needs. If Village caregivers are supported and are accomplishing family goals, Village children will experience healthier outcomes. 

Village Family Building, Mentorship & Recreational Events
Every week, Village residents, community partners, and volunteers come together to provide children opportunities to have fun and build trusting relationships. Seniors and caregivers regularly participate in trauma training and Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) workshops to assist them when interacting with village youth. This specific programming serves the purpose of building resilience, trust, emotional intelligence, respect and Christian values while ensuring all families are connected to the resources needed to be healthy: emotionally, physically and mentally.

Learning Center Tutoring

The NLV Learning Center was created by our founder, Sister Claire. Today it is managed by her, with the assistance of Sister Aline, serving NLV’s elementary school children who benefit from one-on-one tutoring by dedicated volunteers.  Each child meets with the same volunteer twice weekly for 60-90 minutes. Our goal is to assist in improving children’s skills in reading and math and to ensure that child is on grade level.

Programming Partners

 United for Change – Youth Mentor Group

Program Purpose: To create social, mental, and educational improvement in youth through weekly mentorship with United For Change Youth Groups. Youth who have mentors are statistically shown to experience improved self-esteem, greater academic achievement, and higher quality lifestyle choices.

Grow Into You Foundation – Teen Life Coaching

Program Purpose: To shift perspectives (positive thinking), restore power and plant hope in individuals who have experienced hardship through tailored coaching and mentoring services. Grow Into You Foundation maintains an approach focused on the dignity, value and voice of the individual, celebrating “little wins” to support a new life trajectory that is in alignment with the individual’s goals and aspirations.

G3 Life Applications – Sports & Christ Based Holistic Mentoring

Program Purpose: To enable and support NLV children in managing emotional responses – which stem from trauma and abuse – with sustainable strategies and tools. G3 provides holistic mentoring, sports, and character development programming to aid in the healthy management of struggles such as frustration and physical aggression. These programs also develop character and resilience, increasing the ability to form relationships and overcome current behavioral obstacles. 

Community Stepping Stones & Village Arts Program – Art Workshops

Program Purpose: For NLV children to enjoy creative expression while building relationships with each other through a diverse range of visual arts. With Community Stepping Stones – a local nonprofit organization dedicated to using an arts-infused curriculum to inspire, educate, mentor and prepare at-risk youth to become successful adults – Villagers created a mural on the wall next to our playground and built big, beautiful metal butterflies for our garden, offices and the Village entrance.

Stageworks Theatres – Hip Hop Bucket Drumming Classes

Program Purpose: To introduce at-risk youth to arts-programming and improved academic success. Arts program, such as drumming classes, has been shown to improve focus social skills and confidence—all factors that support learning. Stageworks Theatre’s master drumming instructor, Alvon Griffin, uses his “Math Music” method – which helps children of all ages learn rhythms, and create their own compositions in a format flexible enough to take advantage of each individual’s talents, which may include improvisational rap, spoken word, step or dance.

Finally Home – Family Coaching & Trust Based Relational Intervention Trauma Training

Program Purpose: To strengthen family dynamics and relationships – allowing families to better serve as the point of healing for their trauma-impacted children. Finally Home is a full-service Christian adoption agency with multiple programs including family coaching Finally Home recognizes that the family unit is where relationships are built and the foundation for life is established.  When providing familial coaching, they utilize current brain research, family connection models, and previous experience working with trauma-impacted children. The models used are TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention) and The Family Alliance Model.

Feeding Tampa Bay – My Mobile Market

Program Purpose: To ensure the families of NLV have access to quality, affordable food. Feeding Tampa Bay’s My Mobile Market regularly comes to New Life Village. My Mobile Market is a collaboration between Feeding Tampa Bay and Goodwill-Suncoast. Its “pop-up style market/mobile grocery store” brings nutritious foods (both fresh and non-perishable items) to underserved areas. Residents receive free produce, with a small purchase, right at their doorstep.

Royal Family Kids – Summer Camp

Program Purpose: To provide a life-changing faith-based week of camp for children who’ve been abused, neglected and abandoned. Kids ages 6 to 18 experience a safe and loving environment with a ratio of one adult to one child. The campers are treated like royalty  starting with a luxury coach bus ride to camp. Each night, there is a special event like a Carnival, Glow Party, Talent Show, or Birthday Bash. Campers enjoy daily activities such as fishing, craft center, swimming, and outdoor games.

Pathfinder Outdoor Education – Team Building Retreat

Program Purpose: To build community and develop social and emotional skills. Pathfinder Outdoor Education‘s unique, hands-on, experiential youth programs help build community by getting kids outside in nature. Our annual team-building retreat provides New Life Village children and families a chance to develop valuable life skills, find their inner leader, problem solve as a community, and discover new talents and strengths.

Life Puzzle – Life Skills & Wellness Workshops

Program Purpose: To help NLV adults discover what it means to become a whole human being that honors one’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual self. Wholeness is the foundation for the Life Puzzle program and is a life-long learning model that offers practical, tangible information for daily living. It presents a proactive, positive way to live life and see how our children are ‘adding pieces to our puzzle’. As each adult learns to be their most ‘whole self’, they are able to teach their children to do the same.

Senior & Community Yoga

Program Purpose: To help NLV children and seniors explore their thoughts and emotions through guided and safe yoga practices, leading to the cultivation of peace. Through intentional breathing and gentle movements, Pose by Pose guides NLV residents through a tailored yoga practice for seniors and children, stretching the muscles and relaxing the mind. Together we will work to build one another up as a community day by day and pose by pose.

Senior Wellness Workshops

Program Purpose: To help older adults and persons with disabilities live with independence and dignity by maintaining their health through an array of wellness classes. Senior Connection Center teaches onsite wellness workshops for NLV’s seniors. Classes include Tai Chi, Healthy Eating, Balance, Diabetes, and Chronic Disease Management. SCC’s Health & Wellness program includes evidence-based classes to help them manage their chronic illnesses, live a healthy lifestyle, and prevent falls.

Sunshine Line

Program Purpose: To increase access to developmental opportunities (health & wellness, recreational, educational) for trauma-impacted children and provide a respite break for Village caregivers through the provision of transportation. Hillsborough County’s Sunshine Line transports Village residents to field trips and community service projects around the County throughout the year. Children enjoy building community with each other and interacting with the Greater Tampa community in ways they otherwise wouldn’t be able to.

Celebrate Birthdays

Program Purpose: To ensure every foster and underprivileged child in the NLV community has the opportunity to celebrate their birthday. Celebrate Birthdays makes it possible for each child’s birthday to be celebrated. We sing Happy Birthday, eat cake and ice cream, play games and give presents to each individual birthday child. A birthday is so much more than just an ordinary day! Celebrating with the children raises their self-esteem and makes them feel loved. It lets them know they matter and they are not forgotten. The memories a birthday celebration makes can last a lifetime and truly impact a child.

Regions Next Step Financial Wellness Program

Program Purpose: To provide free financial literacy seminars to help individuals reach their financial goals. Regions Next Step resources include tips and action-based advice from a knowledgeable Regions Banker. Individuals gain the needed financial know-how to clarify their goals and take positive strides toward them.

Suncoast Kids Place

Program Purpose: To help adults and caregivers find support and assistance through the grieving process. Suncoast Kids Place provides once a month grief and loss groups for the adults living at New Life Village who have experienced trauma and/or death at any point in their life. Through this process, the children are also supported through the coping and healing techniques the adults are learning.

Local Church Partnerships

Element Church

Provides various supports for New Life Village including tables and chairs for special events, holiday events, Back to School back packs, parent’s night out and is one of the main faith communities that residents attend (it is located a few blocks away).

St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church

St. Mark’s provides gifts and care packages for every Village child each Christmas.

St. Reweis Coptic Orthodox Church

Each summer members of the St. Reweis congregation visit NLV to share the gospel, play games and provide craft activities.

Preservation Church

Preservation Church offers on-campus Church Services at NLV’s clubhouse around the Holiday season. They also provide “Produce and Prayer” where they deliver fresh produce and to each resident and pray with them.

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