Campaign for Hope

The New Beginnings Center gathers funds for a much-needed kitchen remodel.

The kitchen is the heart of a home. It’s where everyone meets at the end of a busy day to kick off their shoes, relax, and enjoy a meal together. More than food, the kitchen is where people go to be heard and to connect with others who care about them. The children at the New Beginnings Center rely on their kitchen for all of these things.

New Beginnings is a group home for youth ages 10-18, most of whom are referred by the Department of Social Services or the Department of Corrections. Their current residential building was constructed in 1994, and since then has not seen a kitchen remodel. Liesl Hovel, development director at Lutheran Social Services, says, “Our kitchen has served us well, but we’ve been serving kids in it for over 25 years and it’s showing wear and tear.” They would like to replace appliances (many of which they received second-hand) and add a walk-in freezer, refrigerator, and pantry. Their Campaign for Hope to raise funds needed for the project is active and will run through August 2020. // — Jenny Roth

You can help sponsor the New Beginnings Center’s kitchen by sending donations to LSS, C/O Campaign for Hope, 110 6th Ave SE, Suite 200, or by calling 605-262-6301.