Bethesda Mission Youth Center opens

September 25, 1990- Bethesda opens youth center.

The 1990’s were a time of significant growth for the Mission as the desire to continue adapting with the shifting needs of the community took on different forms. 1990 marked the opening of Bethesda Mission’s Youth Center – a direct response to the growing needs of inner-city youth. The Mission purchased the old Shamrock Fire Station on 15th and Herr Streets from the local Mennonite Conference for $35,000 to restart its youth ministry.

On September 25, 1990, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held in front of the old Shamrock Fire Station, soon to be full of youthful energy. The proclamation from the Mayor’s office reads, “The Mission’s all-encompassing ministry extends to meeting the spiritual and other needs of our region’s youth… and today the Mission takes a giant step in better serving that need through the opening of a Youth Center.”