Frequently Asked Questions
How is Bethlehem House funded?
As a faith-based organization, Bethlehem House does not pursue state or federal funding. Because we desire to include God in all we do, we rely on the support of our community to sustain the mission.
Funding comes from individuals, families, churches, organizations, grants, businesses, and community and faith groups. Additional funds are raised through events sponsored by Bethlehem House and fundraisers organized by community members.
We have an unrestricted budget, meaning we can allocate money to where it is needed most. See our 2014 Annual Report for a financial report.
How are women who are homeless (or in a bad situation) and pregnant referred?
Child and family serving organizations
Word of mouth
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Local homeless shelters
Crisis pregnancy counseling centers
Healthcare emergency room providers and social workers
Why do you have an application process?
Bethlehem House offers a very independent program aimed at launching lives on the upward path. Women are challenged daily to step beyond their comfort zone, discover their talents, and work toward self-sufficiency. Our mission is a hand up, not a hand out. The application process helps us determine if a woman is ready to take initiative to make a better life for herself and her child.
Is there a waiting list for residency at Bethlehem House?
Bethlehem House has maintained full capacity since January 2015 (11 residents). Usually we have 2 to 4 applicants in the interview process with our family life director at any given time. Approximately 1 in 4 applicants become a resident of Bethlehem House, and we average about six to eight applicants per month.
There are several reasons why only 25 percent of prospective residents move in. Those reasons may include: she fails to complete the application process; she is not interested in following house policies (i.e. curfew, chores, requirement to work or get a GED); it is determined that group living may be too stressful for her during her pregnancy; staff see that she needs inpatient services for mental health or substance abuse; she has tendencies to be violent; or she has a criminal history with violent crimes, sexual abuse or weapon charges.
What happens to those who don’t get accepted into Bethlehem House?
When an applicant does not become a resident of Bethlehem House, our family life director lovingly guides and connects each woman with appropriate resources to address her needs. Staff also receive other crisis calls. Our services are extended to many non-residents (women and families) each year.
How old are the women that stay at Bethlehem House?
Our Family Life Program is for women ages 19 and older. Occasionally, exceptions are made for 18 year olds but there are many more considerations when working with a minor. The average age of those who resided in our home in 2013 was 28. See our 2014 Annual Report for more statistics.
How come you don’t have all graduates enrolled into your aftercare program?
Over 150 women have resided at Bethlehem House since 2005. Prior to our aftercare program launch in the summer of 2013, Bethlehem House did not have the resources to keep graduates engaged and connected with our programs and resources as a formal process. Today, our Aftercare Specialist works full-time to engage mothers and their families in our family life activities and to continue to show loving guidance.