Testimonies 

In THeir Own WOrds

What We Do

Our Mission. Our Approach.

Thank you so much Mrs. Vera, I am so happy in my new house, with my new job.  I appreciate all of your support.

Ms. Alves

Reentry

Living life on it’s own terms, playing the hand I’ve been dealt – AND WINNING!

— feeling blessed.

Feeling Blessed

Reentry

After 33 years I finally get to get on with the life I deserve.

 Thanks True Beginnings

Reentry

You are a belessing.  God will perform miracles for you and your program. 

You have touched many lives.  You choose to reach society’s outcast. 

You are giving families hope.

Amalie Eleonora

Reentry

Dear True Beginnings,

I would like to say thank you for walking with me through my path of life after incarceration.  Thank you for showing me that there is still a few doors open for people like me.  Thank you for understanding, and pointing me in the right direction.  Thank you for teaching and guiding me and helping me reshape my life.

Thank you.

E Williams

Reentry

My nephew was being released from a year in jail the next week on April 1st.  

I believe Vera was an angel sent to Brandon and me to assist him as he transitioned out of jail and back to Hampton.

She has been there for him every step of the journey and even has helped him enter a drug and alcohol rehab facility in Richmond last week.

I strongly believe in what she is doing and the need for these services in our community.

Reentry

I would first give thanks to tha Man upstairs cuz without him i would not had met suck beautiful people.

Second i would like to give a big thanks and much love to my big sis Vera Moore at True Beginnings.

U have showed and taught me soo much about myself that i didnt even know.

U showed me a new path n life and im takin it. Me workin? Now dats a big step fo me. Lol.

Reentry

What We Do

Who We Are

True Beginnings, established as a 501(c)3 organization in 2013 in the Hampton, VA region, by a formerly incarcerated woman, Vera Moore, who has a vision of providing other formerly incarcerated women true access to prosperity and equity through wrap-around services such as trauma informed case management, life coaching, 

What We Do

True Beginnings addresses trauma in the midst of housing and job readiness, as the first order of business in assisting women through transitioning from incarceration into a productive lifestyle; understanding that 87% of the women who have been incarcerated have withstood some sort of sexual or physical abuse in their lifetime.

How We Do It

Through True Beginning, Women Supporting Women in Crisis campaign, True Beginning believes that peer services is the most effective. True Beginning staffs formerly incarcerated individuals for direct services is an innovative, gender responsive trauma informed approach to re‐entry services.  Vera Moore understands that women are 

S.A.F.E. Housing Network Class of 2019

Our Mission. Our Approach.

IMIN CAMPAIGN – Involved Mentors In Need

IMIN advocates for change, supporting women and their families through overcoming barriers that prevent them from reclaiming their rightful place in American society by working to change policy and dismantle systems that oppress the underserved. True Beginnings works with local women’s organizations to bridge the various gaps between those who have been formerly incarcerated and those who have not. Our mission is to prove that women, no matter what their background, deserve opportunities that build legacies for the children who suffered undeserving.

SAFE HOUSING NETWORK

A New Way of Life has been recognized nationally as a successful reentry model. Now, through the SAFE Housing Network, we are using our knowledge and experience to support the replication of our model in promising communities that have been impacted by the criminal justice system.

The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly 

Incarcerated Women and Girls

The National Council is committed to abolishing incarceration for women and girls. As formerly incarcerated women, we believe a prison will never be the place for a woman or girl to heal and advance her life. Prison most often causes further social and economic harm and does not result in an increase in public safety.

The prison experience increases trauma in women and, if they are mothers, to the children they are separated from. It deepens poverty in the individual lives of incarcerated people and the overall economic stability of their communities. We believe that the current criminal legal system has failed and needs to be dismantled. We have better solutions. Join us in our work to end incarceration of women and girls.