Bethesda News

Construction on Bethesda Mission’s Expanded Community Center has begun!

RELEASE DATE: 8-20-2018

CONTACT:  Katie Andreano, Manager of Communications   
717-257-4442, Ext.  228 | 973-865-1742 (Cell)




HARRISBURG, PA – Construction has begun on Bethesda Mission’s highly anticipated Community Center expansion project located at 1438 Herr Street in Harrisburg’s northern Allison Hill neighborhood. This 9,000 sq foot facility will house programs for children, teens, and families, doubling the Mission’s efforts to provide positive programming and mentorship, “fireproofing” the lives of kids to prevent them from needing services offered at its shelters as adults.

In the coming weeks, a crane will remove the steel beam atop the former printing company building to make room for a full-sized gymnasium. In addition, it will include a multi-purpose room, kitchen, community rooms, classrooms, and a state-of-the-art computer lab, all of which will be handicap accessible. Much needed outdoor play space will also be added.

“Our donors and the local foundations have really rallied around this project,” shared Cindy Mallow, Director of Development. “We are all thrilled to be able to offer the Herr Street community a TRUE community center for kids, teens, and families that need a safe place to learn and grow.”

Scott Dunwoody, executive director of the Mission, added, “What a difference this community center has made in the northern section of Allison Hill. For nearly 30 years out of an old firehouse, Bethesda has been fireproofing kids and their families to succeed in life. It is our strategy to prevent these children and teens from becoming adults coming into our shelters, and we have and will continue to help them succeed.”

The first phase of the project, overseen by Pyramid Construction, is expected to be completed in December 2018. $800,000 is still needed to complete phase 2: demolishing the old Shamrock fire station and building a one-story structure connected to the gymnasium in order to expand programs and services for all ages.

A capital campaign is being launched to raise the additional $800,000 needed to complete the project. Individuals, churches, and businesses are invited to “fireproof a life” by donating toward this cause. More details can be found at

Those interested in donating should visit or contact Cindy Mallow, Director of Development, at 717-257-4442 x233 or for more information.



Bethesda Mission has been meeting the needs of hurting and homeless people in Harrisburg, PA for over 103 years. Providing shelter and recovery counseling for an average of 110 men and 25 women in two facilities, as well as after-school and summer programs for local children and teens, the Mission served nearly 130,000 meals and assisted over 5,000 separate individuals just last year! View more of our recent statistics here.


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