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Picking Up the Pieces: Earl’s Story

While many of our long-term guests are enrolled in drug and alcohol recovery programs, some of them are enrolled in the social services program to connect them with the services they need. I had the opportunity to sit down with one of those guests, Earl, to talk about the circumstances that led him to Bethesda…

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The Word Became Flesh: Mobile Mission Volunteers

Mobile Mission is Bethesda’s street ministry that goes out every Friday and Saturday night to provide blankets, clothing, sleeping bags, hot coffee, water bottles, other supplies, and prayer to those living on the streets of Harrisburg. Jenny Greene and her husband, Wallace, have been volunteering at Bethesda for almost 20 years. They first got involved…

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Immeasurably More

by Shayna Landis, Development & Communications Intern Trying to imagine the future is a commonly shared human experience. Whether we try to figure out who will win the football game, what this next year will bring, or what we will learn from an internship, we are constantly thinking of what possible outcomes will occur. We…

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New Addition to the Men’s Mission!

If you visit the Men’s Mission, you’ll notice a new addition in the parking lot. In place of the old Donation Center trailer is a new  double-wide trailer that will be used to house the Donation Center and additional seating for meals served at the Men’s Mission. We were in desperate need of more seating as…

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An Ounce of Prevention: Nyesha’s Story

I was introduced to Nyesha at the Community Center last week, where she spent much of her time as a high school student almost 7 years ago. Still in contact with her mentor, Serina Brown, Nyesha now sends her daughter to Community Center programming. Nyesha reflected on how her time at the Center positively affected her…

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Tammara’s Story

The following is a reflection from Women’s Mission guest Tammara on how she got to Bethesda and her experience in the recovery program. — I remember standing in my shower crying one night. I was praying to God in a way that I hadn’t in a very long time. I was tired of fighting a…

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Made New: Laura’s Story

God is writing each of our stories and sometimes the events that take place don’t seem to make sense. We go through hard seasons that make us question His goodness, but things that don’t make sense to us serve a greater purpose that only He understands. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are…

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A Bright Future: Larry’s Story

When we hear the word ‘alcoholic’, it’s easy to picture someone who started sneaking drinks out of their parents’ liquor cabinet when they were only 11 years old. We don’t often think of someone who did well in high school and had a bright future ahead of them. However, that’s Larry’s story: Growing up, Larry…

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