BETHESDA PROJECT RECEIVES GRANT FROM LINCOLN FINANCIAL FOUNDATION

The funding will be used to support training to improve staff effectiveness

Philadelphia, PA, 06/07/2017 – Bethesda Project has received a $30,000 grant from The Lincoln Financial Foundation to provide training that will improve staff effectiveness at shelter and housing sites. These trainings will include professional development opportunities along with courses to keep staff up to date in their knowledge of best practices within their respective fields.  This funding will allow Bethesda Project to continue its critical work in the city of Philadelphia by enhancing the services it provides to thousands of individuals experiencing homelessness in our community. Bethesda Project takes pride in its services and, thanks to the generosity of funders like The Lincoln Financial Foundation, this work will not only continue, but will grow exponentially.

Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group, believes in empowering people to live greater lives, which advances culture and empowers greater positive change. Its grant is part of Lincoln Financial’s annual $10 million investment in its local communities’ youth education, economic and workforce development, human well-being and arts programs.

About the Lincoln Financial Foundation
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under the Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and economic/workforce development.

BETHESDA PROJECT OPENS NEW BETHESDA SERENITY LOCATION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PHILADELPHIA’S OFFICE OF HOMELESS SERVICES

Bethesda Serenity is a new, permanent housing site for chronically homeless women located in South Philadelphia.

 

Philadelphia, PA, 05/30/2017 – Bethesda Project, a Philadelphia nonprofit providing services for homeless individuals since 1979, announced the opening of its 14th location, Bethesda Serenity, a permanent supportive housing site located in South Philadelphia and operated in partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services (OHS). Bethesda Serenity provides permanent housing to women experiencing chronic homelessness. The residents were housed after a successful season at Bethesda Project’s women’s winter respite, The Well, which was run this past winter season in conjunction with The Welcome Church and Trinity Memorial Church.

This innovative housing model provides Housing-First service delivery with an opportunity to maintain the vital community and relationships already established in the lives of the women.

“Over the past summer, some providers and OHS staff were offered the opportunity to brainstorm new ways to house our most vulnerable citizens through the 100 Day Challenge,” recalls Misty Sparks, Director of Entry-Level Programs at Bethesda Project. “One idea that emerged was master leasing a house and offering each unit to those most resistant to traditional housing options.”

Bethesda Project was uniquely positioned to create this innovative new model due to its existing relationships with those most resistant to housing and its long history of being family with those who have none.

“The City of Philadelphia, Office of Homeless Services is honored to be able to support Bethesda Serenity. It is an innovative way of helping women, who have been homeless for many years, gain the dignity, safety and security of a home,” remarks Liz Hersh, Director of Philadelphia’s OHS. “We commend Bethesda Project for their fine work and look forward to our continued partnership to address chronic homelessness in Philadelphia.”

Bethesda Serenity currently serves three women who had previously been experiencing homelessness for over a decade. There are plans to renovate the lower-level of the South Philly home to include one additional unit in the near future. For more information on Bethesda Serenity or to arrange an interview, please contact Emmalee Eckstein at eeckstein@bethesdaproject.org or (610) 730-8290.

 

About Bethesda Project
Bethesda Project provides emergency shelter, housing and supportive services for thousands of homeless individuals in Philadelphia. By providing a home and safe environments in each of its 14 sites throughout Philadelphia, homeless men and women can stabilize and regain their dignity and self-worth. From street outreach and shelters to permanent housing residences with supportive services, its locations create a “continuum of care” for Philadelphia’s chronically homeless. Bethesda Project meets men and women where they are, providing case management to help them achieve their highest personal potential. Now, 38 years since its beginning, Bethesda Project remains committed to its initial calling — to find and care for the abandoned poor and to be family with those who have none. www.bethesdaproject.org  or find us on Twitter @Bethesda_Proj

 

About the City of Philadelphia, Office of Homeless Services (OHS)
The mission of the Office of Homeless Services is to provide the leadership, coordination, planning and mobilization of resources to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring for the City of Philadelphia. Homeless Services works collaboratively with more than 60 mostly nonprofit, homeless housing and service providers combined with city, state and federal governmental entities to comprise Philadelphia’s homeless service system or Continuum of Care (CoC).  This system provides emergency housing and services to people who are both experiencing homelessness and at imminent risk of homelessness.  It includes homelessness prevention and diversion, emergency, transitional and rapid re-housing, permanent supportive housing, case management, supportive services, emergency response, service days (clean-up of encampments), food and commodity distribution to contracted emergency housing facilities and soup kitchens and operation of the Riverview, a personal care home.

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The Domenic Fund

We are so grateful to have you in our family. It is because of dedicated supporters like you that Bethesda Project can grow and thrive. Your commitment to our cause has enabled our staff to provide the most vital programs—shelter, case management, and supportive services—to thousands of Philadelphia’s most vulnerable citizens experiencing homelessness. On behalf of all our shelter guests and housing residents, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Bethesda Project started in 1979 through the vision and leadership of Father Domenic Rossi. Today, because of your generosity, Bethesda Project remains faithfully true to its founding mission—to find and care for the abandoned poor and to be family with those who have none. In 2015, Bethesda Project’s Board of Directors established The Domenic Fund to promote the sustainability of the organization, and to honor Father Domenic’s lifelong commitment to the abandoned poor. To date, The Domenic Fund has raised over $100,000 in working reserve funds which ensure Bethesda Project can sustain the long-term, life-changing work it does. This year, The Domenic Fund is more critical than ever as our nation faces uncertainty over the distribution of federal dollars and our most vulnerable populations are inundated with obstacles surrounding access to healthcare. As we prepare to close out our fiscal year, we are counting on your contributions to The Domenic Fund to sustain Bethesda Project’s work through these trying times. Our goal is to raise $25,000 by June 30, and your generosity to help us reach this goal is deeply appreciated. Make your donation online through Bethesda Project’s website at www.bethesdaproject.org/Give. Opting into monthly donations to our organization increases its sustainability immensely. Your contribution will sustain our mission and directly help stabilize the lives of single adults, like Bernard (shown below), who are experiencing homelessness and need our help. Supporting these vulnerable men and women – both now and in the future – requires substantial resources and long-term relationship building to address the underlying health and personal issues causing homelessness. I cannot thank you enough for being part of the Bethesda Project community. Warm Regards,

We are so grateful to have you in our family. It is because of dedicated supporters like you that Bethesda Project can grow and thrive. Your commitment to our cause has enabled our staff to provide the most vital programs—shelter, case management, and supportive services—to thousands of Philadelphia’s most vulnerable citizens experiencing homelessness. On behalf of all our shelter guests and housing residents, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Bethesda Project started in 1979 through the vision and leadership of Father Domenic Rossi. Today, because of your generosity, Bethesda Project remains faithfully true to its founding mission—to find and care for the abandoned poor and to be family with those who have none.

In 2015, Bethesda Project’s Board of Directors established The Domenic Fund to promote the sustainability of the organization, and to honor Father Domenic’s lifelong commitment to the abandoned poor. To date, The Domenic Fund has raised over $100,000 in working reserve funds which ensure Bethesda Project can sustain the long-term, life-changing work it does. This year, The Domenic Fund is more critical than ever as our nation faces uncertainty over the distribution of federal dollars and our most vulnerable populations are inundated with obstacles surrounding access to healthcare. As we prepare to close out our fiscal year, we are counting on your contributions to The Domenic Fund to sustain Bethesda Project’s work through these trying times. Our goal is to raise $25,000 by June 30, and your generosity to help us reach this goal is deeply appreciated.

Make your donation online through Bethesda Project’s website at www.bethesdaproject.org/Give. Opting into monthly donations to our organization increases its sustainability immensely.

Your contribution will sustain our mission and directly help stabilize the lives of single adults, like Bernard (shown below), who are experiencing homelessness and need our help. Supporting these vulnerable men and women – both now and in the future – requires substantial resources and long-term relationship building to address the underlying health and personal issues causing homelessness.

I cannot thank you enough for being part of the Bethesda Project community.

Warm Regards,

 

Tina Pagotto
Chief Executive Officer

Bernard moves into his own apartment after 5+ years of working with his Bethesda Project family to achieve his  goals!

Bernard moves into his own apartment after 5+ years of working with his Bethesda Project family to achieve his
 goals!

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