Bethsaida Community, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: PO Box 913 225 Main Street Norwich CT 06360 USA

Mission:

The Mission of Bethsaida Community is to create a hope, a home, a family for homeless or at risk women, by providing a supportive environment that encourages healing, personal growth and independence.

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

It was an honor and a privilege working with the Clients, Staff and Board members of Bethsaida Community. I managed the office. Sherry Tynan

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My personal and professional life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I WAS A RESIDENT OF KATIE BLAIR FOR ABOUT 15 MONTHS. IN THAT TIME I FINISHED SOME MUCH NEEDED SCHOOLING AND FOUND FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT. THROUGH THE SUPPORT OF KATIE BLAIR WOMEN AND STAFF I ALSO GOT JOINT CUSTODY BACK OF MY DAUGHTER. I AM NOW IN THERE SUPPORTIVE HOUSING CALLED FLORA ONIELL. I STILL HAVE THE SUPPORT OF KATIE BLAIR IF I NEED IT AND I FEEL SAFE KNOWING I AM IN A PLACE THAT HAS HELPED SO MANY WOMAN. ANYONE LUCKY ENOUGH AND DESERVING ENOUGH CAN AND WILL SUCCEED WITH THE KATIE BLAIR HOUSE. THANK YOU TERESA

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I AM CLEAN AND SOBER FOR 3 YEARS NOW AND PLAN ON STAYING THAT WAY.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN MY BEING AT KBH CAME ABOUT AFTER LIVING WITH MY SON AND MY GRANDCHILDREN, MY SON MEETING SOMEONE AND NO LONGER REQUIRING MY HELP WITH THE CHILDREN. I CALLED KBH AND WITHIN TWO WEEKS I WAS ACCEPTED. I WAS DEVASTED BEING WITHOUT MY GRANDCHILDREN BUT BEING HERE HAS ENABLED ME TO START HEALING. THE STAFF HERE ARE WONDERFUL. THERE IS EIGHT WOMEN IN THE HOUSE SO I NEVER FEEL ALONE. WE ALL DO OUR SHARE AND TAKE TURNS COOKING SO THERE IS ALWAYS PLENTY TO GO AROUND. I BELEIVE WITH THE HELP OF THESE WOMEN AND THE STAFF I WILL BE ABLE TO GET BACK ON MY FEET. IT IS A BLESSING TO BE PART OF THIS HOME. THANK YOU LINDA BOUDREAU

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

ENJOYING THE PROSPECT OF A HEALTHY FUTURE

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I realy cannot begin to say what a beautiful blessing KBH has been to me. Its like when you are in tears worrying whats to become of you-homelessness or worse-KBH is here with a hand up and your tears are gone. Its as though all of Katie Blairs sweet heart is bestowed to so many-a part of her carries on in each of us. I am truely grateful for the staff like Eileen and Candy, and for so many that dedicate themselves to this humanitarian, Christian,and higher calling of God. God does truely work through the ladies of the Bethsaida Community. My life is full of possibilities now. Thank You Bethsaida MARGARET DAWSON

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I am becoming a wonderful asset to this community

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Hello KBH In the storm I called life, KBH has been like a trusted friend that has met me halfway. Even though we just met I feel I can trust in many ways. During these hard days the KBH family has most assuredly lended me a helping hand. I know there will be safety, comfort and plenty of food to eat. By learning from every experience here we all have strength to offer one another. MAUREEN

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By knowing I am not alone in this difficult time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

To Whom It May Concern The Katie Blair House has helped me by providing a safe environment so I may continue with my recovery. I am able to get continued support and structure that will help regain independance. I am truely grateful to have this program and this house. Thank You DAWN PHILLIPS

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The structure and support that I so greatly required in become an indepenant woman.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

On several occasions I have heard women who have directly benefited from Bethsaida Community talk about how their very special programs have changed their lives. The programs are innovative and the results are very impressive! We are truly blessed to have such a program serving the women in Southeastern Connecticut!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I was blessed with the privilege of meeting some of the women being assisted by Bethsaida. They are strong, brave women, who because of the wrong choice of partner, have gone through horrific experiences and are being helped to get back on their feet by Bethsaida. Where would they be without this organization?

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

speaking with women being helped by this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add the ability to assist more women!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting women who have benefitted from Bethsaida's program.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excellent - very caring!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help so many more women.

Ways to make it better...

n/a

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial - potential cuts/loss of state funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I fell in love with Bethsaida Community when I learned about its mission to give homeless women a safe haven so that they can get their lives on the right track. I was very inspired to become a part of the organization when I'd met some of the women that have been through the program and heard their success stories.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Hearing the testimonials of the women who've been through the program, of how they had no where else to turn to and no where else to go.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them more funding and help them open more programs for women. There seems to be such a gap in services form women out there.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How dedicated everyone involved is to the mission and the women they serve.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Were extremely dedicated and passionate. Bethsaida is a very special place.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help more women get off the streets and rebuild their lives. It would be able to provide more affordable permanent housing to these women as well. It would also be able to offer more programs to help fill the gaps in service to women.

Ways to make it better...

I could have staying involved during and after my pregnancy. I was too high risk and on bed rest...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding. They have to fundraise a good portion of their annual budget.

One thing I'd also say is that...

They do excellent work with measurable results. You can be assured that your donated dollar will be fully utilized toward the mission.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-11-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

BETHSAIDA IS A MASTER PLAN FOR HELPING WOMEN HEAL, AND BEGIN AGAIN. THE PROGRAMS ARE GEARED TO GIVE A WOMAN NO MATTER WHERE HER LIFESKILLS HAVE BEEN INTERRUPTED TO MOVE FORWARD, GAIN CONTROL OF HER HEART,MIND,SOUL AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. SHE GETS THAT CHANCE TO LOVE HERSELF AND OTHERS AND TO LET GO OF ALL THE FEAR THAT SHE HAS BEEN LIVING WITH. IT IS A VERY WELL DESIGNED AND MANAGED PROGRAM.WE WOULD BE SERVING OUR WORLD WELL IF THERE WERE ONE IN EVERY CITY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THAT AREA.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

APPLYING IT TO MY PERSONAL LIFE AND UNDERSTAND HOW BEST TO BE HELPFUL TO PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH THEIR LIVES.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

MAKE MORE OF THEM AND MORE SECURE FUNDING.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with a skilled, committed staff and meeting the clients and seeing them grow.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The Director, the house manager, the life skills and educational staff all of the people working with this organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand in the region and nationally.

Ways to make it better...

I had been able to commit more time with this organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

FUNDING, FUNDING, FUNDING

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is work that leaves you with a good feeling at the end of the day. Not easy, not quickly rewarded but a very good feeling now and again.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Bethsaida offers a safe, welcoming enviroment for homeless woman. It is a quality program. The support and strength they get from the program enables them to move forward in their lives to self-sufficiency.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

are dedicated and committed to bringing positive effect to the woman of Bethsaida.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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