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I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who donated to my non-profit New Beginnings-Next Step in 2023! Your ongoing support is making a real difference in the lives of the men we work with. In the past year, New Beginnings-Next Step has had some exciting developments, including:

–The formation of a second weekly peer support group at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution. This group is run by an entirely new volunteer team (in 20 years, this is the first time we’ve sponsored a group in which I am not directly involved. I realized that we needed to move beyond my personal participation in every group if we are to meet future challenges).

– The introduction of a new group facilitator who himself was a former New Beginnings member and did thirteen years in prison. He now goes back inside with us each week to help men prepare for the challenges of freedom. This man is a hero and powerful symbol of hope to our incarcerated members. (I hope someday to have many more returning citizens on our volunteer teams. This represented a big change in DOC policy which took me years of lobbying to bring about.)

– The approval by the new warden in Georgetown, DE to begin a New Beginnings group at the Sussex Correctional Institution. 

Also, recently three returning citizens who had each just competed extremely long prison sentences were recently “flowed down” or fast-tracked for early completion of probation. When asked why, their Probation Officers sited weekly attendance at our Next Step meetings as indication of the men’s serious intent to make a fresh start. Word about us is evidently getting around.

Your donations helped us provide weekly bus passes and grocery store gift-cards, as well as other special-needs items, to our returning citizen members. I hope you will continue to follow and support the work of New Beginnings-Next Step as we continue our fight against recidivism by accompanying men from incarceration to freedom. We believe people change because of relationships. You help us make these relationships possible. 

Much love,






New Beginnings-Next Step sponsors peer-support groups for returning citizens as they transition from incarceration to freedom. It is run both for, and with, returning citizens, along with a vital and growing group of compassionate volunteer-facilitators, in order to build a community of hope, and a culture of accountability and possibility on the streets of Wilmington, Delaware.

New Beginnings-Next Step is the sister group of New Beginnings, which was founded by Brother David Schlatter O.F.M. inside the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in the early nineties. Since 2005 it has been run by singer-songwriter John Flynn. Like New Beginnings-Next Step, the group is open to those of all faiths.

“While I was incarcerated, New Beginnings was the only place that I found genuine peace and serenity with other people. Now over three years after being released, I can say that the support I received from Next Step throughout my reintegration process was a necessity for me to remain free and humble. It helped me to work through my demons while I was in there, and kept me moving in a positive direction, not looking back once I was home.” - Greg L

"As a returning citizen, I learned that this organization is a doer, and kept their word to support members in every aspect of staying free. The weekly meetings helped me to stay focused on my goals of re-entering society with the purpose of never going back to prison. The talks are deep and meaningful as well as needful. The weekly bus and food vouchers helped me to not do nothing stupid to eat or have an excuse not to job search. I'm so glad that this organization is the real deal and they have helped me feel like a citizen again."
-John K 

"Somewhere in childhood we lose the simplest word in the world - TRUST. With NBNS we learn to trust again."
- Arnold T


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