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
Child and family serving organizations Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Local homeless shelters Crisis pregnancy counseling centers Healthcare emergency room providers and social workers Physicians Correctional facilities Word of mouth
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
There is currently no waiting list. Approximately 1 in 4 applicants become a resident of Bethlehem House, and we average about six applicants a month. There are several reasons why only 25 percent of prospective residents move in. Those reasons 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
When someone does not get accepted into 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. In total, our services are extended, on average, to an additional 40 women (non-residents) each year.
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 23. See our 2013 annual report for more statistics.
When Bethlehem House opened its doors in 2005, the mission was carried with the support of dedicated volunteers. Not until July of 2013 did Bethlehem House have an opportunity to create a position – aftercare specialist – to follow up with our graduates in a structured and coordinated way. Thankfully, in the summer of 2014, the aftercare specialist position became full time. But, there