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.
I came to The Beth 50 years ago and I have not left. As a student, teacher/coach, board member, donor and executive director. I am blown away each day I serve this community and beyond through the Bethlehem Center. God's hand is always moving in this ministry to bring hope to the staff, board and participants. Check it out and your life will never be the same.
I have been familiar with the Beth for about 12 years. I am totally impresesed with its committment to help the surrounding community prosper and its committment to doing so in the light of God's commands. The leadership has a great vision for what people can become instead of just letting things continue to spiral downward. The servants at the Beth truly live out Christ's commands to take care of the least of these.