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Bethesda Mission Launches Online Campaign to Cover Winter Shortfall!

For Immediate Release:

Bethesda Mission is launching the “20 Below Challenge,” at noon on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Spearheaded by CBS 21 meteorologist, Tom Russell, local weatherman and longtime support of the ministry, a direct appeal is being launched on Facebook today to challenge the community to “chip in and raise $20,000 to offset winter expenses.” He continued, “It’s pretty cold out there and the team at Bethesda Mission has been working around the clock to make sure everyone who needs help, gets help.”

Even with the relatively mild winter, numbers at the Men’s Shelter have been averaging close to 150 men every night, or 92% above capacity. Bethesda Mission has not had an empty bed at the Shelter since 2014. Food and utility expenses amounted to over $20,000 during January and February; food, medical, and cleaning supplies have been depleted; men are sleeping on mats in every available floor space. The community’s support is greatly needed to overcome this challenge.

The Mission is accepting donations in any amount on a special campaign page: BethesdaMission.org/20Below through Thursday, March 8, 2017. All funds will be used to offset the increased expenses of food, utilities, and medical assistance to poor and homeless families in Greater Harrisburg. Tax-deductible donations in any amount will be accepted and appreciated.

On-site interviews with the new executive director, Scott Dunwoody, will be available all day Friday, March 3 at the Men’s Shelter located at 6th and Reily Streets, Harrisburg, PA.

For further information, please contact Ken Ross at 717-257-4442, ext. 223 from 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. weekdays or Scott Dunwoody at 717-460-6289 (cell).

 

MEDIA WELCOME AND APPRECIATED!

        Bethesda Mission has been meeting the needs of homeless and hungry people for over 102 years.   Providing shelter for over 100 men and 25 women and children in two facilities in the city and an after-school program, Monday – Friday, 3:00 –6:00 p.m. at our Community Center, located at 15 & Herr Streets, the Mission served over 129,000 meals and assisted over 3,000 separate individuals just last year

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