Who We Are

The Story of New Day

New Day of Laurel Maryland is a 501(c)(3) public charity that was formed in 2014 by several area churches who were part of the Winter Shelter churches to provide a year-round comprehensive solution to homelessness instead of the cold weeks of winter only.



Our Mission

As Evangelical followers of Jesus, our mission is to encourage the compassionate responses of area churches to assist in relationally involved life changes among the homeless and vulnerable.

Our Vision

To encourage churches, in cooperation with community partners to provide a year round, all-inclusive response to homelessness in our region. We will succeed when Laurels homeless, and those constantly at risk of becoming homeless, have opportunity for friendship, shelter, recovery from addiction, access to healthcare, and opportunities for meaningful work, all leading to the new life Jesus offers.

Our Motto

There is no better exercise for the heart than reaching for and lifting people up.

Key Bible Verse

Matthew 25: 35-36. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you came to visit me.

Spiritual Growth

New Day understands that each person's spiritual journey is personal. New Day's services are available to the homeless and vulnerable whether they are already people of faith, are a member of another religious group, or express no interest in spiritual things at all. We allow each person to move forward at their own pace and respect the dignity of their choices. Each friend of New Day is met where they are, and they are invited - but never coerced - to begin a spiritual journey through mentoring, Bible study, and group support. We believe that sustainable life change is possible only through the redeeming power of Jesus and so we help our friends make an informed decision to begin and grow in a personal relationship with him.

Management

New Day is governed by a Board of Directors which includes members of churches, religious organizations, and business leaders. The board President is Dr. Michael Schaffer, a retired Montgomery county educator and Chaplain of the Beltsville Fire Department. MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOARD


The New Day Churches

New Day began as a vision of the pastors of several Laurel area churches. In 2016, there was an effort to follow through on our vision to " empower churches to provide a year round, comprehensive response to homelessness " and the list of churches would are partners with New Day in our vision grew to fourteen churches. SEE CHURCH LIST

Who We Serve

The New Day family of volunteers partners with individuals for whom traditional programming has failed to meet crucial needs. Our friends have become vulnerable and can even be homeless due to a variety of circumstances, such as addiction, mental health concerns, job loss, broken families, developmental disabilities, medical problems, and relational poverty. We foster permanent, Christ-centered relationships in order to facilitate positive change.


Relationship Building

New Day fosters permanent, Christ-centered relationships in order to facilitate positive change. It is our goal that everyone we serve will be able to build enduring friendships. We understand that problems such as homelessness are symptomatic of relational poverty, and so we provide many pathways that lead to a sense of community with others. Since we empower the mercy responses of local churches, it is our highest aim to see our friends find a church family where they can tangibly experience the love of God in Christian community. Many churches of a wide variety of denominations are part of the New Day circle of supportive congregations. Often, our friend's first experience in community is with others who have similar life experiences and face similar challenges. Along with Bethany Community Church, New Day hosts a breakfast gathering every Friday morning at 8:30 am in Laurel for the women called Koffee Klatch at Linny's Deli for breakfast and conversation. New Day hosts the men's group, First Friends, at Denny's restaurant also at 8:30 AM. Recently Hank Crosswhite, an active member of the New Day board and founder of First Friends, was interviewed with some of our friends about the group.

The Future of New Day

New Day is working towards a more permanent housing solution for many of our friends who find themselves homeless or chronically at risk for becoming homeless. We are also working to provide a permanent winter shelter facility to provide temporary housing for homeless people during the winter months. We are working closely with our elected leaders, business partners and others to make this dream a reality. Stay tuned for more exciting details about this project soon!

Associations

New Day is a member of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions in their message to proclaim the passion of Jesus toward the hungry, homeless, abused, and addicted; and to accelerate quality and effectiveness in member missions.
New Day is also a member of the Combined Federal Campaign, and for Federal workers, we urge you to enter our id Number 42396 for all your workplace contributions.


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