Let’s Reach More Kids!
Susan and I had the privilege of attending Bethesda Mission’s Annual Celebration Banquet last September, 2015. Honored that evening as Volunteers of the Year were Dorothy and Elizabeth Barton, Susan’s sisters, who for a decade have faithfully given haircuts to the guests at the Men’s Shelter.
During the inspiring evening the wonderful opportunity to expand and renovate the Herr Street Community Center was highlighted. The adjacent printing company had been purchased after years of prayerfully envisioning what this property could mean to reach many more children, teens, and families.
The expansion and renovation of the existing Youth Center (formerly Shamrock Fire Station) and the acquired printing company is an aggressive vision to triple the number of kids and families who are mentored and nurtured. We love the imagery – fireproof these lives to successfully face the challenges of life within the City of Harrisburg.
Fundraising has begun toward the overall goal of $1.8M. Susan and I prayerfully considered the impact we could have and have given a sacrificial gift toward this legacy project. Click here to learn more about the project.
Even though Susan and I relocated to North Carolina a decade ago to be closer to our family, we’ve never lost our love and devotion to the needs of Harrisburg. We’ve been honored to serve on the Advisory Board of The Nativity School, a privately run, faith-based preparatory middle school for low income, Harrisburg City boys. Programs like this and Bethesda’s Community Center are crucial to get to the kids and their families, to break the cycle of poverty, keeping these kids in school and out of the criminal justice system.
We share our story to encourage Bethesda donors and residents of the Harrisburg metropolitan area to also prayerfully consider what your gift would mean to reaching this goal – and don’t forget, due to the generous $500,000 matching gift from the Stabler Foundation – your gift gets doubled! Click here to make your donation today.
~Tony & Susan Schiano
Former CEO, Giant Foods