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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

Michael S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am thoroughly impressed with what the Bethlehem Center is doing for the city of Chattanooga. It's wholesome community service I have found unparalleled with similar institutions. The staff I have found to manifest a consistent patient and self-sacrificing disposition that is rarely seen in this busy age we live in.

The BETH is more than a community center, it is a city of refuge within a city. A place where young and old alike can find direction and encouragement. The programs they offer for the community do not merely sustain and provide wholesome entertainment. In addition to this, the staff are dedicated to educating, inspiring, and ministering to the needs of the family and the individual heart. Past history and the present day testifies to the truth of this fact. What a different America it would be if every community had their own Bethlehem Center!

Joyce T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Several years ago I had the privilege of teaching under Lurone Jennings as my principal. He set an example for his teachers and students to follow Jesus Christ and that we are a result of our thoughts and actions. Lurone has brought this philosophy to the Bethlehem Center and all who enter in. Lurone remains a mentor and inspiration to me as a teacher and Christian.