New Life Village is home to approximately 50 children, ages birth – 18, many of whom are survivors of trauma and abuse. NLV is also home to 30 adults who serve as the foster and adoptive parents or supportive seniors who are surrogate grandparents, tutors, babysitters and volunteers to these children.

Our program is focused on ensuring that each child has a family that is supportive and supported. The village creates constant opportunities for children and seniors, neighbors and friends to build relationships with each other.  To reach these goals, the village offers the following program.

Wellness, Resilience and Character Development Program

Sponsored By:

Onsite Family Support Services

New Life Village pairs residents in need of case work services with local partner agencies and churches to ensure each family is receiving any available physical and mental healthcare, as well as educational and vocational supports and services. If Village caregivers are supported and are accomplishing family goals, Village children will experience healthier outcomes. These case work services will also help each family to realize any educational opportunities available to their children including scholarships, grants, Individual Education Plans, and magnet, charter or private school applications. Our goal is to ensure that each child has a family that is supportive and supported.

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. These events include pool time, craft and creative writing workshops, potlucks, community birthday and holiday celebrations, mentoring, cook camps, sporting activities, community trash pickup and movie nights. NLV also provides programming for adult wellness including yoga, Tai-chi, CPR classes, Life Puzzle Group, financial literacy and home buying workshops, prayer groups, support groups, Bingo and more. Seniors and caregivers regularly participate in trauma training and Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) workshops to assist them when interacting with village youth. Our goal is that children will build resilience, trust, emotional intelligence, respect and Christian values when participating in this programming and that adults have access to resources and training to ensure their families are healthy.

Learning Center Tutoring

The NLV Learning Center, created and managed by our founder, Sister Claire, with the assistance of Sister Aline, serves 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

The following community organizations are partners to New Life Village in delivering our Community Wellness and Character Development Program.

 United for Change – Youth Mentor Group

Agape Outreach Inc. provides weekly, United For Change Youth Groups, that help children learn social skills based on biblical principles. Children have learned: how to prevent bullying,  honor their parents and other adults, to take pride in their community and treat everyone as family. They have made cards for neighbors who are ill, cards for veterans in the hospital and thank you cards to donors. The group hosts motivational speakers who come speak with our youth. The objective is to teach NLV’s youth how to make better decisions for themselves and others, to be good role models, to be good citizens and to grow up to be spiritual men and women.

Grow Into You Foundation – Teen Life Coaching

Grow Into You Foundation exists to provide coaching and mentoring services to individuals experiencing a hardship, particularly youth and those within the foster care system. These services educate, empower and give perspective to those who need it most. GIYF’s core initiatives are to: Shift Perspectives, Restore Power and Plant Hope. Through the benevolence of the Lightning Community Foundation, GIYF provides New Life Village with

Teen Coaching: Middle, High School and College Age students can come meet with Ms. Erin one-on-one for mini coaching sessions to discuss goals, relationships, their purpose, confidence, self-esteem, friends and family challenges, future hopes and dreams, etc. This is a safe, objective space for them to work on becoming the best version of themselves!

G3 Life Applications – Sports & Christ Based Holistic Mentoring

G3 provides holistic mentoring, sports, and character development programming to NLV’s children. Because many of NLV’s children have experienced trauma and abuse, many also have trouble dealing with anger, frustration and physical aggression. NLV’s goal is to teach our children to love and support each other, manage frustration in healthy ways and to instill strategies that will develop their character and resilience. G3’s aims to positively impact NLV’s youth and community holistically by transitioning their thinking to capitalize on their potential through exposure, education and inspiration during summer and spring breaks.

Community Stepping Stones & Village Arts Program – Art Workshops

NLV children enjoy bi-weekly visual arts classes in a creative and fun environment for all to experience a diverse range of visual arts expressions ranging from drawing and painting to hands on arts and crafts projects. Children utilize some reclaimed materials to create projects as well as decorating the offices and clubhouse of New Life Village. The goal is for children to enjoy creative expression while building relationships with each other. 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, 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.

Stageworks Theatres – Hip Hop Bucket Drumming Classes

Stageworks Theatre provides drumming classes to NLV’s youth. Children learn a variety of skills that lead to improved focus and concentration, as well as improved social skills and confidence—all factors that support learning. Stageworks Theatre’s master drumming instructor Alvon Griffin uses his “Math Music” method which children of all ages find easy to learn rhythms as well as create their own with this fun, high energy creative outlet. His techniques challenge youth to 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 and dance. The method includes “Percussion by Numbers” or “Math Music” technique which conveys concepts of rhythm through mathematics.  The program ultimately creates a drum corps capable of performing before peers, teachers, family and friends. Recent NEA longitudinal study shows a correlation between at-risk youth exposed to arts programming and improved academic achievement. Evaluations show that drumming can lead to improved focus and concentration, as well as improved social skills and confidence—all factors that support learning.

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

Finally Home is a full-service Christian adoption agency with multiple programs. Finally Home recognizes that the family unit is where relationships are built and the foundation for life is established.  Rather than working with children to change their behaviors, the Family Coaching Program focuses on family dynamics and strengthening relationships. Drawing on current brain research, family connection models, and experience working with impacted children, this program supports families in being the healers for their trauma-impacted children. The models that are used are TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) and The Family Alliance Model.

Feeding Tampa Bay – My Mobile Market

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 and is a “pop-up style market/mobile grocery store” that brings nutritious foods (both fresh and non-perishable items) to areas that are underserved. Residents receive free produce with a small purchase in addition to doorstep groceries.

Royal Family Kids – Summer Camp

Royal Family Kids Camp Tampa Bay provides a life-changing faith based week of camp for children of abuse, neglect and abandonment. Kids ages 6 to 12 experience a safe and loving environment with a ratio of one adult to one child. The campers are treated like royalty throughout the week starting with a luxury coach bus ride to camp. Each night there is a special event like a Carnival, Glow Party, Talent Show and Birthday Bash. Campers enjoy daily activities such as fishing, craft center, swimming and outdoor games.

Pathfinder Outdoor Education – Leadership & Team Building Retreats

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 with valuable life skills that help them socially and emotionally to find their inner leader, problem solve as a community and discover talents and strengths.

Life Puzzle – Life Skills & Wellness Workshops

Good 4U Inc.’s, Life Puzzle program provides group meetings with New Life Village adults around learning what it means to become a whole human being that honors one’s physical, emotional, thinking and spiritual self. Wholeness is the foundation for the Life Puzzle program is a life-long learning model that offers practical, tangible information for daily living. It is a proactive, positive way to live one’s life and a way for parents to see their children ‘adding pieces to their puzzle’ and how to help them grow their most whole SELF too. As a result, it becomes a ‘living language’ focused on wholeness as the best possible outcome for one’s life!

Senior & Community Yoga

Pose By Pose Yoga has an ongoing partnership with the University Of South Florida OLLI program, teaching seniors the practice of yoga. Through intentional breath and gentle movement, these students are guided through a safe and relaxing yoga practice that stretches the muscles and relaxes the mind. Pose By Pose Yoga also created its Outreach Program in 2015 with the idea of bringing yoga to children in the foster care system. Through mindful movement and meditation, children learn to explore their thoughts and emotions in a safe space that helps them cultivate peace. We are excited to combine these two areas of expertise at New Life Village to bring yoga to the entire community- children, families, and seniors with a practice tailored for everybody. Together we will work to build one another up as a community day by day and pose by pose.

Senior Wellness Workshops

Senior Connection Center teaches onsite wellness workshops for NLV’s seniors. Classes include Tai Chi, Healthy Eating, Balance, Diabetes and Chronic Disease Management. SCC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help older adults and persons with disabilities live with independence and dignity. SCC’s Health & Wellness program offers an array of classes to help seniors get healthy and stay healthy, including evidence-based classes to help them manage their chronic illnesses, live a healthy lifestyle and prevent falls.

Sunshine Line

Hillsborough County’s Sunshine Line transports Village residents to field trips and community service projects around the County throughout the year. Children enjoy having fun and building community with each other and interacting with the Greater Tampa community while visiting local parks and museums. Field trips also provide a respite break for Village caregivers which helps promote wellness in our families.

Celebrate Birthdays

Celebrate Birthdays visits New Life Village monthly to Celebrate all the Birthdays of the children during that month! Our mission is to ensure that every Foster and Underpriviliged child has the opportunity to Celebrate their Birthday and receive a present! 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 let’s them know they matter and that they aren’t forgotten. The memories a Birthday Celebration makes can last a lifetime and truly impact a child.

Regions Next Step Financial Wellness Program

No matter your financial goals or life stage, we’re here to help you move your life forward. Regions Next Step resources can help you gain the financial know-how to clarify your goals and take positive strides toward them: Because when your confident about your financial decision, your money goes further – and so do you. Regions Next Step provides free seminars to help you reach your financial goals. Start getting the most out of your money. During each financial wellness seminar, a knowledgeable Regions Banker will provide tips and action-based advice to get you on the road to financial success.

Suncoast Kids Place

Suncoast Kids Place provides once a month grief and loss groups for the adults that live at New Life Village who have experienced a trauma and/or death at any point in their life. Our goal is to help the adults and caregivers find support and help through the grieving process. Through this process, the children will also be 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). If awarded this grant, Element Church will be our partner to bring a weekly bible study on campus for the residents.

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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