What a fantastic year at Bethesda Project! It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead this outstanding organization, working with community partners like you to positively impact the lives of people experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. I’m proud of our team of dedicated staff and grateful for the thousands of hours that volunteers contribute to help us fulfill our mission of being family with those who have none.

You will read about the many successes we’ve achieved this fiscal year in the 2018 Annual Report, including: increasing our capacity at our St. Mary’s church shelter with the addition of showers, laundry and more restrooms; hosting two innovative health pilot programs; securing a major grant for necessary preventative maintenance at two residential sites; and participating as a Comcast Cares Day partner, hosting our largest single day of volunteerism in our 39-year history!

Also, this year I was nominated alongside four esteemed peers for a 2018 Social Innovations Journal Award in the category of Housing & Community Development. The voting process was open to the public at large, and I was awarded First Place! While I was flattered to receive this award, it is one that I share with our staff, volunteers, and the entire Bethesda family. It is because of our first-rate reputation as a high-quality service provider that I received this great honor. Together, we are doing great things!

Thank you for your continued support, for believing in everyone’s potential for change, and for being part of our transformative Bethesda Project family.

With Gratitude,

Tina Pagotto, CEO

Tina Pagotto, CEO