Learn about Bethesda's ministries, known as our "Network of Compassion":
As Harrisburg’s only shelter for men, the historic facility at 611 Reily Street provides lodging, nutritious meals, hot showers, laundry facilities, and clothing, as needed. Comprehensive programming has a strong focus on long-term recovery.
Women & Children’s Shelter
Founded in 1983 and quickly becoming Harrisburg’s largest facility of its kind, the Women and Children’s Shelter provides lodging for single women as well as mothers and their children. This large loving family provides stability and time for healing.
1990 marked the opening of Bethesda Mission’s Youth Center – a direct response to the growing needs of inner city youth. With the help of an incredible team of staff and volunteers, the old firehouse on Herr Street has become a lighthouse to hundreds of inner city youth.
Trinity House is a transitional housing facility for male graduates of Bethesda Mission’s life-changing character development programs. Each prospective resident must be recommended by Bethesda’s counselors and also be gainfully employed while receiving ongoing mentoring from an active church member.
Bethesda Mission’s fully-equipped “Samaritan Service” vehicle is the flagship of our street ministry. The Mobile Mission makes its rounds every Friday and Saturday evening between 9:00pm and 12:00am.
Bethesda Mission provides excellent medical and dental services to its residents and, while not a walk-in clinic, takes referrals from other agencies in the Harrisburg area treating uninsured and under-insured low income persons.
Rural Outreach Ministries
Recognizing that poverty and hunger are less visible, yet harder to cure in outlying areas, our Rural Outreach began in late 1996. It now distributes over 1,500 of bags of food and essential daily household products to hungry and needy individuals and families each month.
Our new Medical/Dental Clinics’ construction is underway! Follow the progress through photos by clicking below: (last updated Feb. 26)
Building the Community
Join us on May 17th for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community! We need your help raising $10,000 for our Medical/Dental Clinics.
A Mission Moment
Read our latest blog post about how the U.D.A. Life Skills class was able to partner with Bethesda Mission – when we help one another, everybody wins! “Learning Life Skills through Volunteering”Read Now
Here are 7 ways to support the work of Bethesda Mission:
Make a Cash Donation
You can help someone in deep despair find confidence in a brighter future. Your cash gifts are what we use to continue the ministry that we have at Bethesda Mission. 100% of all funds raised come from private sources – individuals, churches, businesses and foundations; Bethesda does not receive any government funding. We are grateful for your gift, no matter what the size, because our donors truly give from their hearts. Donate to Bethesda Mission today and make a difference in someone’s life!
Donate Items from Our Needs List
Your gifts of supplies and equipment are a great blessing to us! To help you in your giving, we have listed some items that we currently need. (New or gently used items are appreciated.) You can also view our Amazon.com wishlist. Feel free to purchase items from Amazon (or any other online store) and have them shipped to Bethesda Mission.
Pray for Those We Help
Bethesda Mission assists thousands of people each year. They all have one thing in common: they need the power and blessings of your prayers. The greatest thing you can do to help those assisted by Bethesda Mission is pray. We offer you the opportunity to pray for them by listing the concerns closest to their hearts. Join us in lifting our fellow man before God.
Volunteer and Make a Difference
As you can imagine, there is always a lot of work to do at Bethesda. And the old adage says it best: Many hands make light work! Our volunteer department appreciates people that offer their time and skills to help us accomplish our mission. Whatever your age or ability, there is something you can do. Receptionist, babysitter, driver … we need them all, and much more. Contact us today to see how you can help.
Plan Your Gifts
Learn to design a planned gift to Bethesda Mission that enhances your family’s financial well-being, while helping support our cause. There are simple ways to give such as making a charitable bequest in your will, to more complex trust strategies that provide substantial income and estate tax advantages. Our development staff is prepared to help you coordinate a planned gift that is tailored to meet your own unique financial and estate planning needs.
Businesses Can Be a Blessing
Central Pennsylvania business owners and entrepreneurs are standing with Bethesda Mission to extend compassionate help to people in need. Businesses for Bethesda is a partnership between interested businesses and Bethesda Mission, building a network of compassion to struggling men, women and “at risk” youth in the Harrisburg area. Consider becoming a Business for Bethesda, and make our business yours!
Connect With Others & Show Your Support
Attending an event is one of the best ways to connect with other people who want to make a difference in the lives of the struggling in Harrisburg. At the same time, you will learn more about Bethesda and have opportunities to show your support for the work that we do!