Bethesda News

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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An Update on the Blessings and Challenges at the Men’s Mission

By Scott Dunwoody, Executive Director John 1:16 says, “From His abundance, the fullness of His grace, we have all received one gracious blessing after another.” In the midst of those blessings, challenges emerge every day, which reminds me of a beloved hymn, written by Johnson Oatman. The opening stanza reads: When upon life’s billows you…

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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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The View from Above

by Scott Dunwoody, Executive Director When you walk into the Men’s Mission, to your right next to the check-in window is a letter board that lists all of the staff at that facility. Right at the top in big white letters it reads, “HEAD OF HOUSE: JESUS.” We often talk about the day-to-day activities around…

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Bethesda Mission Launches #iheartHBG Campaign

RELEASE DATE:  1-24-2019 CONTACT: Katie Andreano, Manager of Communications                      973-865-1742 (cell) | kandreano@bethesdamission.org BETHESDA MISSION LAUNCHES #iheartHBG CAMPAIGN14 Local Coffee Shops Participate Harrisburg, PA — Fourteen Harrisburg area coffee shops and Bethesda Mission are spreading the love this winter. They’ve launched Bethesda Mission’s #iheartHBG campaign and…

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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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Staff Spotlight: Cecil McCray

STAFF SPOTLIGHT Cecil McCray, Manager of Mission Services How long have you worked at Bethesda Mission and in what role(s)? I have worked at the Mission since 2009 on staff as an employee, but I was also a guest here. I got started doing overnight sign up [part-time], and I worked alongside of Anthony Royster…

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Mobilizing God’s Talents

by Shayna Landis, Development & Communications Intern  Sitting in Bethesda’s state-of-the-art Dental Clinic that was built in 2014, Dr. Brice Arndt leaned back and reflected on his experiences as a volunteer dentist. “Here, in all respects, is God’s House,” He said. “All you have to do is walk through the doors and you can sense…

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Bethesda Mission Announces Christmas Plans

RELEASE DATE:  12-18-2018 BETHESDA MISSION ANNOUNCES CHRISTMAS PLANS Harrisburg, PA – Bethesda Mission will host a festive dinner for those in need on both Christmas Eve and Christmas day at its Men’s Shelter located at 611 Reily Street. Preparations are being made for approximately 200 people served by over 50 volunteers, and anyone in need…

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Light Has Dawned!

by Scott Dunwoody, Executive Director I think C.S. Lewis had it right in his beloved The Chronicles of Narnia when he observed how truly depressing it would be to live in a world where it was “always winter, but never Christmas.” Winter can be bleak, cold, and dark, but Christmas breaks in to provide joy,…

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