‘Miracles’ begin|Treatment center building new dorm

Published 2:16 pm Monday, December 28, 2009

By By Kerry Whipple Bean

As the holidays approached, residents at New Beginnings Ministries were busy with hammers and nails, building a new 25-bed dormitory to house residents at the faith-based drug and alcohol treatment center.
For founder Thomas “Bo” Bell, every day the facility has been open seems to bring a new miracle. As construction on the new dorm got under way, two master carpenters sought treatment at the center — and immediately were put to work.
And Bell is hoping the miracles continue. With a new dorm swiftly rising on the property off Pea Ridge Road, the facility will need new beds and other supplies.
Bell said New Beginnings has received help and support from a variety of sources, from businesses and individuals to church communities.
Bell himself is a recovering addict. He founded a similar treatment facility in Florida but moved to Brewton about six months ago.
New Beginnings offers a variety of programs for its residents, from group discussions to career counseling. And with the construction of the dorm under way, residents are also busy nearly every afternoon with work on the new facility.
The new building will have a large room for beds, a classroom, office, laundry room and storage.
Anyone interested in donating to New Beginnings can call 251-623-1030 or send donations to New Beginnings Ministries, P.O. Box 1341, Brewton, AL 36427.