Our history

Over 100 years of hope

The Harrisburg City Rescue Mission is founded

December 22, 1914

December 22, 1914 – The Harrisburg City Rescue Mission is founded with “Uncle” Jim Barker as Board President.

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The Mission is incorporated

January 19, 1917

January 19, 1917 – The Mission is incorporated officially taking the name “Bethesda Mission.”

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Bethesda Mission moves

September 1, 1934

September 1, 1934 – Bethesda Mission moves into the PA Railroad YMCA building at 611 Reily Street.

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Rev. Henry Reinhart retires

January 1, 1951

1951 – Rev. Henry Reinhart retires after 26 years becoming Bethesda’s longest serving Superintendent

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The Bethesda Mission Radio Hour

January 2, 1952

1952 – The Bethesda Mission Radio Hour begins broadcasting live every Saturday night on WHGB. Continues through the 70’s.

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Women’s and Child Family Center

May 6, 1983

May 6, 1983 – Bethesda Mission “Women’s and Child Family Center” opens.

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Bethesda Mission Youth Center opens

September 25, 1990

September 25, 1990

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The Medical Clinic partners with the Hershey Medical Center

January 2, 1992

The Medical Clinic partners with the Hershey Medical Center

1992 – The Medical Clinic as we know it today has its beginnings and a formal partnership with the Hershey Medical Center is established.

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Both the Helmsman long-term recovery program and Mobile Mission are started.

January 2, 1993

Outreach Ministry is established

January 2, 2001

January 2001 – After beginning to minister to the rural poor, an Outreach Ministry is established in Mechanicsburg

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Men’s Shelter major renovation

June 9, 2009

June 9, 2009 – A celebration is held at the Men’s Shelter following the completion of its major renovation

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Medical and Dental Clinics are completed

May 2, 2014

May 2014 – Bethesda’s state-of-the-art Medical and Dental Clinics are completed as a 2-story addition on to the Men’s Shelter.

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Bethesda Mission turns 100 years old!

December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014

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