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!
Over the past five years, it has been my privilege to serve on the Bethlehem Center Board. The Beth is a light for the inter-city youth and adults of Chattanooga, TN. Each summer there is a literacy academy to help the students in grades K-8 to improve in the areas of math, reading, the arts, physical and spiritual development. This summer the academy is called "Read to Lead." The goal is that the students will gain the skills needed to become leaders in the community. Gang prevention is another goal. The Beth provides Christian opportunities for youth. The excellent leadership at the Beth makes this all possible.
The Bethlehem Center shines a bright light of hope throughout the Chattanooga area. Their mission to love and support children through spiritual development, educational programs and leadership development, is one of the most comprehensive non-profit programs in the country. Each day they impact children to make a choice to change their community through literacy and love. I am blessed to have a part to serve this wonderful organization.
I became aware of the Bethlehem Center's mission and activities through Bible Study lead by Pastor Jennings. I started donating to the Beth because I was convinced of the good works done by Pastor Jennings and all the other hard workers and volunteers. Then I became a volunteer at the Beth and eventually became a Board member. I still donate and volunteer at the Beth as I continue to believe in its mission. It truly serves as a safe, Christian haven for children and youth in the neighborhood. The documented strides made by the Beth in literacy are amazing and its literacy program has been adopted by other organizations and churches and endorsed by our local educators. I only wish the services offered for children and adults in the Alton Park neighborhood had been available to me when I was growing up and feeling very alone and unloved in a very dysfunctional family. Keep up the great work!!!
I have benefited from the Bethlehem Center a number of years. As a child, I attended the Good Shepherd Fold Day Care Center. As a teen, I participated in various activities at the Bethlehem Center. As an adult, I am privileged to be a part of their Economic Development. I love the haven that "THE BETH" provides for children and adults. The center offers programs that can benefit any individual in any life situation. I am PROUD to have been a part of the BETH, and that the BETH is still a part of me!