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April 8, 2014 :: Pioneer Bank’s Giving Ceremony

Pioneer Bank brings in over $30,000 for 21 local homeless agencies. They are having a “Giving Ceremony” on Wednesday April 9th at 8:30am at their … Continue reading

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February 8, 2014 :: Bowling for Bethesda

Friday, May 9th, 5:30 PM the Strikes Against Homelessness begins! Be a Team Captain; be on a team; sponsor a team. Contact Christine Adams at … Continue reading

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February 8, 2014 :: Empty Bowls Project, Union College

Mark your calendars!! Sunday, April 27th from 5-7 at Proctors! Union College students are having their annual Empty Bowls Project, proceeds to benefit Betheda House, … Continue reading

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Testimonials

“This place and the people here are so beautiful. You are God’s gift to all of us.”

40 year old homeless woman , living in her car, upon learning she could take a shower and get clean clothes at Bethesda House

“I have a chance to give back; being kind and helpful to one another enhances our humanity. We help so many people from those who are homeless to those who have lost everything in a fire.”

Ellen , G.E. retiree; volunteers 32 hours per week at Bethesda House

“Bethesda House is truly a light, not only for its residents and guests, but also for its staff and volunteers. It is a home for girls like me to come and experience life, but also a space for people to feel safe. ” Maria, Dubuque Iowa 2013

Maria, Former Intern Summer 2013

“Bethesda House is the definition of hope; the word hope defined for each individual wherever they are on their life’s journey. Bethesda House is not just a place for physical rest; it’s a place of rest for their souls. They still have struggles, but they get a rest here at Bethesda House.”

Victor , staff member

“Bethesda House changed my life. People here are fantastic – they don’t judge you for your past mistakes. Even at the lowest point in your life, you can walk into Bethesda House and be greeted with a smile and acceptance. I’m grateful for the opportunity to prove myself.”

Loretta H. , formerly homeless;
now on staff at Bethesda House

“I know I can come here every day for a warm, safe place; to have a good meal and be respected.”

Jane Doe , 22 year old who suffered disfiguring facial injuries, resulting in an emotional downward spiral. She is seeking help to beat her addiction and leave the pimp who prostitutes her on our streets.

“I am so grateful to be here. I really appreciate everything about being here.”

A.C. Linton High graduate; Air Force Veteran; homeless for 20 years before moving into an apartment at Bethesda House in January, 2010

“Bethesda House helps people. I was down and out and Bethesda House picked me up. I was getting in trouble every day – I was one of Schenectady’s biggest problems but you guys woke me up. If it wasn’t for Bethesda House I would be in jail.”

Louie

“Its home. It’s better than being on the street. I like it here. There’s always someone to lift your spirits no matter what you’re going through. The staff must have hearts of gold to deal with all of us every day.”

Mary , 52 years old; formerly homeless; living in one of the apartments in Bethesda House’s new building. She recently had her wedding and reception at Bethesda House.

“It had been quite a while since I had participated in a community event such as this one. Wow, was I surprised! For me it was pure joy to do some good in this broken, too often tumultuous world. I heard myself saying to a fellow volunteer ‘This is better than Christmas!’ It would have been so easy to come up with excuses for why I couldn’t help out that day. I am so grateful I didn’t!”

Bethesda House volunteer from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

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