Shara Gonzales has been the Executive Director of New Beginnings, Inc., a community development organization in Hutchinson, Kansas for over 20 years.
New Beginnings is designed to help people who have lost everything return to the fullness of life within the community.
Because of her vision, New Beginnings has gone from a dilapidated boarding house-turned shelter, to include an overnight shelter, 36 units of transitional housing for the homeless, and over one hundred affordable housing homes in three apartment complexes and individual homes and provides housing for several Oxford Houses which offer a sober living model.
Current projects include the creation of town homes as workforce housing, a transitional jobs program for the hard to employ, and permanent supportive housing for those with barriers to housing.
You can read Shara's other experiences on her personal blog. Find it here.