Bethesda News

by Cindy Mallow, Director of Development In the depths of the depression, David and Florence Trout and their fourteen children lived in a three-bedroom wooden house at Seventh and Maclay Streets in Harrisburg. They had only a pot belly stove for heat and much of the time, David was unable to find work. The children…

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Staff Spotlight: Rebecca Clymer, Event/Volunteer Coordinator

What is your role and how long have you worked at Bethesda Mission? I have worked for Bethesda Mission since June of 2019, so I’m still relatively new here. I serve as the Event/Volunteer Coordinator in the Administrative Office. I’m “the new Debbie King” as many people lovingly say. When my husband Gabe and I…

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Women’s Mission Renewal Project

By Shelley B. Brooks, Director of Women’s Mission                                          Many years past, actor, John Cameron Swayze demonstrated the durability of a Timex watch by repeatedly and creatively trying to destroy it on national television (yes, this…

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Giving Hope This Christmas

The Christmas season is upon us! Let’s rejoice because our Savior is born. “So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to…

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A Place of Refuge

When attending the groundbreaking ceremony in 2018 for the new federal courthouse at 611 Reily Street, entrance into the event required being frisked since this is a homeland security site (I was let in!). I couldn’t help but peer across Reily Street to Bethesda Mission’s iconic landmark Men’s Shelter as the celebration was taking place…

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Phase 2 Plans Approved, Funds Still Needed

On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, Bethesda Mission received the go-ahead from Harrisburg City Council to demolish the old Shamrock Fire Station and replace it with a new building. Initially, the plan was opposed by city officials including the Fire Bureau, so we adjusted the plan so that the new building included an authentic replication of…

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Community Center Phase 1 Officially Open!

On Thursday, August 15, we held a Grand Opening Celebration in the new Community Center gymnasium. Nearly 200 people gathered to celebrate the completion of Phase 1 of the Building Project. “This night is the culmination of literally years of planning and prayer,” Cindy Mallow, Director of Development said. “In 2015 we purchased this building…

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New Community Center Programming Developed

Dream program  The Dream program serves elementary students in 1st – 4th grade.  This program will help students “dream” about their future. We use creativity to foster critical and outside-of-the-box thinking. Goals include developing creativity, improving math and reading skills, receiving homework help, and being given the opportunity to be discipled in the Christian faith.…

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Breaking Strongholds

by Scott Dunwoody, Executive Director I find it interesting how those graduating from our recovery program at our Men’s Shelter often refer to something that most of us aren’t even aware of – the number of steps coming into Bethesda’s historic iconic landmark. Steps leading up underneath the Green Cross number 13, 14, 15, depending…

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Restoring Broken Lives

As we approach the hottest days of summer, it’s easy to forget about the hurting and homeless. However, the need is still great! This month I’d like to share about some of the incredible people who manage and are involved with our Medical Clinic. While we have four wonderful nurses on staff to take care…

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