Women’s Mission

Offering Hope to Hurting Women

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A House of Refuge

For over 40 years, Bethesda Women and Children’s Mission has offered a place of healing, change, and hope for women in need of addiction recovery, safety and stability, a new start in life, and place where they can call home.

Please call Help Ministries if you are in need of referrals to local emergency shelters: (717) 238 -2851.

A House of Change

As a Christ-Centered facility, we offer hope to those searching for their purpose and their place in this world by offering an array of programs and services geared toward reconciliation, renewal, and change. Our short-term and recovery programs are designed for women seeking life-changing support. Upon completion, women have the option to move into our transitional living program before moving out on their own.

A House of Healing

We have found that long-term programs are successful when each individual is permitted to rest, reflect, renew, and re-enter.  Time to heal, encouragement for others, and new experiences assist in offering new life to those that come through our doors.

A House of Hope

In addition to internal programming, we utilize local social, medical, and educational services to help each person to set attainable goals during their stay. Most women, after completing our programming, secure and maintain independent housing. Many of our graduates remain in contact through calls, mentoring, and/or volunteering.

  • Eligibility

    • 18 years or older
    • With or without children
    • Up to 3 children (males up to age 8)
    • Willing to live respectfully in community with others
    • Able to follow directions
    • Willingness to participate in recommended counseling and programming
    • Willingly submit to random and situational drug testing
    • Determination to improve YOUR life situation

  • Long-Term Recovery Program

    Our Programming includes:

    • Discipleship
    • Individual and Group Counseling
    • 12-Step Christian Recovery Groups and Meetings
    • Parenting Skills Classes
    • Finance and Budgeting Support
    • Nutrition and Exercise Classes
    • Employment Counseling
    • Transportation Assistance

  • Short-Term Program

    Our Programming includes:

    • Discipleship
    • Individual and Group Counseling
    • Parenting Skills Classes
    • Finance and Budgeting Support
    • Nutrition and Exercise Classes
    • Employment Counseling

  • Transitional Housing

    After completing either of our initial programs, guests are eligible for Transitional Housing:

    • Community Living
    • Goal Oriented – School or Work
    • Mentoring Available
    • Develop Independence

  • What To Expect

    • We currently can house 51 women, including 6 families.
    • All women assist with meal preparation and daily chores.
    • Our day begins with devotions at breakfast.
    • We provide each person with food, shelter, bedding, clothing, and personal care products.
    • We do not tolerate theft, fighting, or drug possession or usage.
    • Shared rooms with other women within the same program (excluding families).

  • How You Can Help

Please call to speak with a counselor before arrival.

Director: Shelley Brooks
Intake Coordinator: Stephanie Rickert
Phone: 717-257-4447

To learn about the Women’s Mission Renewal Project, click here.

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