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About Us

About the founder

Our Executive Director, Margaret Lamar, is well qualified for her position. However, all the praise goes to God almighty for New Beginnings. While she has spent many years working in the mental health care industry and at housing shelters, her vocational experiences have been buttressed by obtaining a MAPA from South University. In addition, Ms. Lamar’s involvement with the community has provided her with many opportunities to enhance her communication and leadership skills, both of which are vital to the success of the organization.

Our Vision

New Beginnings Residential Housing for Homeless Veterans strives to serve as many community members as possible with the resources we have available – every individual is important to our organization and we will not discriminate against anyone. By offering services that are concentrated on serving those less fortunate and addressing the greatest needs of our target community, we can make a positive contribution in helping the veterans we work with lead a more fulfilling life.

About the Board Members

Our activities are overseen by a group of well-qualified individuals. Our diverse staff members have ties to the community, and thus possess the unique ability to relate to the target demographic. Additionally, our Board of Directors is comprised of a professional group of talented individuals who are dedicated to committing their time and resources to building a stronger community.

Fredrick Lamar


I always had a compassion for working with people and assisting them in any way that I could. I focus primarily on assisting, supporting, the homeless, mentally ill , developmental disabled  individuals providing a listening ear when needed. I attended Savannah State University and worked in the community. 

Marsha Byrd


Marsha Byrd was residential manager with decades of successful experience for clients with both MH, MR diagnosis. Before retiring Ms. Byrd will bring a wealth of both knowledge, integrity. But most of all a can do attitude. Ms.  Byrd is a native  of Savannah and has a long history in the community.

Sheila Hicks-Martin

Chief Financial Officer

Sheila Hicks-Martin has over thirty (30) years of experience in executing administrative  and managerial job performance in the U. S. Federal Government. Presently , she is employed at the U.S. Small Business Administration ( SBA)   Office of Disaster Assistance ( ODA), and serves as Deputy Director, Office of Disaster personnel. Sheila graduated from the University  of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Business administration.

Ruth Threatt


I am the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Byrd. I am the mother of 3 beautiful children and 25 grandchildren and great grand children. I am a member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. My first compassion in life is loving God and working for him , and loving my family. I also have a compassion for working with developmental disabled children and adults. (mental illness). I have currently worked in the this field for over 22 years. I have been employed at Gateway Community service Board for 17 years.