New Beginnings recently received the highest level of recognition from GuideStar! The Platinum 5-Star Seal of Transparency was awarded by the world’s largest source of non-profit information. GuideStar is used by donors, corporations, and foundations to evaluate the transparency and completeness of a non-profit to fulfill their mission. New Beginnings is honored to again earn this award made possible by their dedicated staff and volunteers who have been serving the community for over 16 years with exceptional services and housing for the local homeless and those struggling with housing, food, and necessities. 


GuideStar is respected as the premier online resource to research the quality, honesty, and capabilities of all non-profit community organizations. They have once again honored New Beginnings of Central Florida for being dedicated to helping the homeless and less fortunate in South Lake County, to revitalize their lives through counseling services, work, and affordable housing. The GuideStar website shares many specific details about how and why this New Beginnings program is successfully run. GuideStar shares the number of service recipients who are employed there, the number of households that retain permanent housing for at least 6 months, the number of program graduates, and much more.

New Beginning of Central Florida Founders Steve and Kathy Smith

The mission of New Beginnings of Central Florida remains to empower people to live a responsible life through our Hands Up Program. Co-Founder Steve Smith notes, “We are very honored to accept this award on behalf of our staff, team, board, donors, sponsors, and all our supporters. At New Beginnings, we believe that those who want to transform their life can do so, with the many resources we are always ready to provide.  We provide free counseling, life skills, financial literacy, access to a computer, and job preparedness training, all of which lead to a path of stable employment and affordable housing. We continue to prove that needy people who have suffered from unfortunate circumstances in their lives, can recover, become sustainable and succeed!”

Due to the New Beginnings Hands Up Program, over 500 formerly homeless people are now independent and self-sustaining. New Beginnings provides affordable housing to over 300 annually.

Visit GuideStar at: and New Beginnings of Central Florida, is a 501-C3 non-profit faith-based ministry. They still seek volunteers, donations, and community support. They serve to empower people to live a responsible life and to be self-sufficient. For more information, call 352-404-6946 or visit their Thrift Store at 415 Citrus Tower Boulevard in Clermont, FL 34711. Visit: and follow them on Facebook at:

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