In Their Words: Messages from Our Residents

“If it wasn’t for New Generation, I would still be stuck in the same position. They gave me the guidance, support, and resources that I needed to be an independent single mom. Before New Generation, I didn’t have a clue how to make any of this possible for my children. It was so much more than a roof over our heads – being there taught me to be independent and confident in my abilities as a mother and a woman. What I’ve gotten out of the program far surpassed my expectations. We’re overwhelmed with joy. A week ago, we had nothing and now we have this huge apartment filled with furniture all because of New Generation. I will be forever grateful!”

– Former Resident

“Thanks to New Generation and Portsmouth Housing, I have been able to secure permanent housing for my six-month-old son and me. Up until recently, I’ve been homeless on and off for ten years. In multiple unsafe situations and abusive relationships, the women at New Generation helped me break that cycle. If it wasn’t for the support and care of the staff of New Generation, I wouldn’t have been able to reach my goal so soon…”

– Former Resident

“When I became pregnant, I was scared, and all alone. I felt so confused and unsure of the way my life would be. I went to a home that helped me. They taught me how to change; they picked me up and let me in…they loved me and nurtured me.”

– Joyce, former resident

“Thanks to New Generation, I was able to prepare for the birth of my child within a safe and loving environment, and get back on my feet prepared for a new life. Seven years later I still benefit from the knowledge and friends I made at New Generation. Because of the relationship I built with one resident I was able to earn my college degree by swapping baby-sitting time and having her all-around support when times were tough. I am proud of what New Generation has helped me and many other women accomplish: to become positive, educated parents and role models for our children and productive members of our communities.”

– Amy, former resident

“New Generation takes in women who are expecting a child and teaches them all that they are willing to learn. New Generation is exactly what it sounds like – a new generation coming into this world. And if you want a second chance to make life better, this would be your opportunity.”

– Charity, former resident

“The shelter is a real home and the staff want to see all the residents succeed. It’s not just a room and board facility. Their onsite support and the connections they provided to other community resources were so beneficial.”

– Former resident