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Meet the director: My name is Juanell Fincher and I reside in Fairfax County's community of Reston. In 2008, I was introduced to Neighborhood Networks through Terraset Elementary School. This was my first encounter with services from Fairfax County. Reluctantly, I accepted their help and in doing so, learned to trust people again. Later that year I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I fell so far behind in my finances that I did not have the means to support my family. Nearing eviction, my workers at Neighborhood Networks referred me to the shelter. On December 15, 2008, I had surgery and the next day I signed up my family up to receive services as a homeless family. We were assigned to a room at the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter, in Fairfax. There, I began to learn even more about myself and my family’s needs. My children also received the help they needed to get through such a difficult time in our lives, such as counseling and tutoring. During our stay at the shelter, I was interviewed and selected for Reston Interfaith’s transitional housing program. While in this program, I continue to be reintroduced to myself over and again. I have taken advantage of every opportunity offered, allowing myself to grow and acquire the necessary skills to protect myself and my family from this traveling down the same path again. I have learned that I am multi-faceted gem! I have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share, and the drive to give back to those who helped me and other families in need. But there still remains one problem; I have not seen anyone who looks like me. And those providing assistance do not really understand my struggles because they have not been where I have been. I had to make myself believe that trust has to build the understanding that as human beings, they too will be able to relate to me in this light. This way of thinking can be quite a challenge for some to contend with. As an African-American, I recognize that Fairfax County and other organizations have not been able to address the cultural needs of families in the Reston. With that in mind, I decided to start New Beginnings for Life out of a need; the need to provide assistance and show others like me that after you've hit rock bottom there's no place left to go but up!
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