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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Economic Development, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Human Services, Literacy, Neighborhood Centers, Urban & Community Economic Development, Youth Development - Religious Leadership

Mission: We are God's people, empowering inner-city youth and families to lead responsible lives by providing discipleship, education and leadership development. Vision: The Bethlehem Center's vision is to transform the Alton Park community and beyond into literate, spiritually enriched and economically self-sufficient neighborhoods, that are safe and enjoyable for all residents to live, work and play.

Programs: The Beth's program strategy focuses on four, key areas: Spiritual Growth, Education / Literacy, Leadership Development & Economic Empowerment. Everything the Bethlehem Center does includes Spiritual Growth and normally one or both of the other two focus areas. But why these three areas of focus?- Spiritual growth is essential to the inner transformation of hearts and people. - Education replaces the hopelessness and fear embodied in ignorance with the empowering hope and courage arising from knowledge. - Economic empowerment transforms people and families from a state of dependency and consumption to a state of self-sufficiency and production.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I been apart of the beth since Elementray. The beth has helped me with leadership skills and math skills. I like coming to the beth because it helps me get involved. I would reccommend this to anybody.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with The Bethlehem Center for 9 years. The beth has helped with reading skills, math skills, and spiritual growth. Also I have became more of a leader throughout the years. Being at the beth has helped get involved more with the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i like the Beth a lot. i been here for 6 weeks now and its somewhere i would love to come more. i meet lots of new people and they are fun to be with. they show me lots of cool things and make my day better.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

the beth have help me in so many ways . i have been going for a very long time it have made life a lot better .the people that work here are very nice and they care so much about the kids and all the people that come in the beth they are super fun to be with and they will even take you where you want to go or the we try they best to help you get there the best way they can.

Client Served

Rating: 5




























i feel like the Bethlehem center is a great place for helping kids and a great place to grow and learn.







Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Bethlehem Center is like a second home to me. Growing up, I didn't have many positive influences in my life but, when I started the Bethlehem Center all that changed. The Bethlehem center is a great place for kids and teenagers. Going to the Bethlehem Center is life changing experience. The best thing about the Bethlehem Center is that JESUS IS FIRST . I wouldn't change anything about the Bethlehem Center because in my eyes and in my heart I truly feel that the Bethlehem Center is perfect.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love working here at The Bethlehem. Its given me a different overview on our community because I look at our community today and I see all of this misguidance and lack of love or family. I feel like with me working at the Beth, I can make a direct change in our community dealing with the next and upcoming generations. I can be a positive role model for them and show the right from wrong. Everyday I think to myself, what can I do to make a difference? How can I make a change? This is my opportunity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Bethlehem center is a good place to be because it is fun and joyful. The Bethlehem is a place were kids can come and have fun and put God first. The Bethlehem is place were I work and it helps me learn more work experiences. If you never heard about the Bethlehem come and visit it will change your ways about how you feel.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Beth is a place where you can go to get rid of your problems and just have a good time. You can learn about Jesus and the what he did for the world. The people that work at the Beth they are nice, caring people that will do anything to help you out.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Beth is a place were I can come and enjoy time with others and have fun. It's also a place were I can find caring and helpful people.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I think that the Bethlehem center has helped me realize that education goes farther than high school and there are lots of opportunities and the Beth has showed me how to go further than you think you can and its amazing how once you listen and try it, how far you actually get!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I myself came through the Bethlehem Center program and the organization has help me in so many ways both in my spiritual and professional life. I thank God that he sent this organization into my community to help build a level of success and expectations from the students and the families in the community. To see as an adult that this ministry and organization is still going strong makes me excited and proud that other children and families with benefit from this organization in a positive way.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Bethlehem Center is truly transforming the community. The Beth completed their summer program last week and 37 kids received Christ in their lives. The Beth is a beacon of hope!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Bethlehem Center provides outstanding spiritual development, education/literacy, economic development and leadership training to residents of the Alton Park community and beyond. As the center’s volunteer coordinator; I have the opportunity to recruit and work with fantastic people throughout Chattanooga and the surrounding area who have a heart for service and a willingness to share their skills and abilities to support the students and others who benefit from the programs at the Beth.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a parent of children that participated in the summer program.The program has impacted my children in a positive way, and I love the fact that they continued to instill good christian morals and values in them. This program was well structured, organized, and continued to build on their educational needs to prepare them for the upcoming school year. I will recommend this program to family and friends to enroll their children in this program, as I have already been bragging to others about this program and how it has been a blessing to me and my children. (Erikka Benning, M.Ed)

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Willisha Pilcher and i attended the Bethlehem center program and volunteered. I want to thank the wonderful staff for taking time out there summer and working with the students. The Beth has taught me to be a mature young lady and also many life skills that i will use in my life everyday. They also do whatever to help the kids in the community have better reading and math skills.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the beth because of the things they do for the community, especially the children of the community. the beth has always helpful to me as a child and i am more than proud to be working here now.

-chera horne

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Angela Kennedy and ive been with the bethlehem center for 9 years. The beth has taught me alot and I use it in my everyday life. I really appreciate the beth. I strongly recommend this organization.

Brittany Bussey

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a student worker here at The Bethlehem Center. I've been working here since last summer and I've enjoyed working with and helping the students. Mr. Jennings Mr. Banks , Ms. Tallman, Mr. Meredith , etc. have inspired me to make the Bethlehem a happy play for the kids to be and from what I've been seeing they enjoy it . I'd love to be here at The Bethlehem Center for many more years and watch the kids grow up and live right and be happy. Thank you Bethlehem center for all your help !!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As part of a class I was enrolled in at UTC, was required to volunteer at The Bethlehem Center. I volunteered for 2 months and loved it. The Beth is doing a fantastic job of bettering their community. The staff went out of their way to help me, you can tell they really invest in every person who comes through the door. This organization is an asset to the Alton Park area as well as the entire city of Chattanooga.