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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

18 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gloria D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the work the Bethlehem Center is doing in the community. I recently started volunteering with them and have been fortunate to witness first hand the work that they are doing in the community, but also the outreach it is inspiring in others. Recently they have been interviewing talented high schoolers from all backgrounds to serve their community this summer. It was uplifting to see these kids strive to help their community but also actively think about the gifts they have that would help. They want to do more, and that's not something I see on a daily basis. I think the Bethlehem Center has helped them realize however that there is a forum to do more, and by encouraging these kids to go to college, they show them that helping is not just confided to that building. I look forward to seeing the Bethlehem Center grow in support and resources to continue to help raise these bright, future leaders.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Bethlehem Center is a rare, gleaming star that shines bright in our struggling world. It offers more than just a place for kids to hangout, but it keeps the young boys and girls in the Chattanooga community off of the streets which could lead them down a slippery slope. Instead of getting caught up in activity that could be detrimental for the remainder of their lives, the young people at The Beth work very hard to not be another statitistical number. From the conversations I have had with the young people here, there is nothing but goals and inspiration to be the best they can be. Like previously stated before, it is not just a place for these kids to hang out but a place for them to learn and to enhance their skills. The boys and girls at The Beth are constantly in classes to further their reading and math skills as well as learning about qualities that make a good human being. This all starts from the people leading the way at The Beth, from Coach Jennings to the people who work at the Beth Bistro, they are all inspiring individuals whose goal is to better the lives of the young people they lead. For alot of the kids who attend The Beth, it is a home away from home with leaders who represent family to so many youngsters. After spending a little time here, you will figure out how important the Bethlehem Center is to so many people in the Chattanooga community.

Larry13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of assisting in implementing a urban gardening program with Lurone Jennings and The Bethlehem staff. this center is accomplishing great things for the residents of the Alton Park district. Their vision and purpose reflects the desires of the staff to see great things happen with youth and residents of the area. What a tremendous ministry!

Comments ( 1 )

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etallmanthebeth 06/27/2012

Larry, The gardens look fantastic this year! The residents are working hard to grow food and share it with their neighbors. Thanks for having such a great vision for the gardens throughout Alton Park and for all the hard work to make it happen!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Bethlehem Center offers children educational opportunities, help with school work, exercise, nutrition, and fun activities. I really love that the kids have the opportunity to earn money throughout the program, and at the end are given a lesson in budgeting when they are paired with adults to spend their earnings. Not only do they have programs for children, but they serve the community in many ways focusing on healty lifestyle changes.

Deanna Q.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a mom who has worked with the children and staff at the Beth for everything from fund raising to Christmas shopping with the kids, I appreciate the safe haven and opportunities the Beth provides for our children in Chattanooga. The children are precious, and the staff is always responsive and appreciative. What a great organization and resource!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Bethlehem Center is doing great things for the community.
Keep up the good work!!

Nancy A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful inter-city program. The children come to the center after school for help with their homework, as well as recreation and learning God's word. There is a wonderful summer program which focases on raising the reading skills and math performance of approximately 110 students enrolled in the program. My church has served lunches for one week each summer for the last three years. Everyone involved in this outreach activity has received a tremendous blessing each year. I can wait for our week of service this summer.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I used to be a volunteer at the Beth's Resource Center. They will treat you with NO Respect! They take you for Granted. Please do not support this Non-profit !!!!