Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering, Inc.
Mission: Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering is a faith-based partnership that provides a network of care and hospitality for the homeless in our community.
We believe all people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect regardless of their circumstances.
We believe serving those in need is a tangible expression of the faiths practiced by our volunteers.
We believe individuals and groups that seek to work in partnership with others create a more talented and resourceful community.
Motivated by our values and mission, Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering endeavors to:
Demonstrate the power of God's Love by being God's hands and feet bringing hope to the homeless.
Provide assistance through compassionate and innovative partnership with those we serve.
Raise community awareness of the realities of homelessness in order to inspire the greater community to action.
Organizational Structure: The Board of Directors recognizes that Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering is a largely volunteer-driven organization and will continue to be such into the foreseeable future.
Strategic Goals: The Board of Directors identifies four strategic goals important to the success of Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering over the next three to five years.
1. Expand the Base and Quality of Volunteers
Develop a process to recruit and train a quality volunteer base and to connect them to serving opportunities relevant to their skills, experiences, and interest.
2. Secure Sites and Develop Site Coordinators
Secure shelter sites for each shelter season, December - March,
primarily churches. Provide leadership training, clarify duties for
site coordinators and paid consultants, and implement a unified
operating format across all sites for site coordinators to follow. A
long range goal is to secure a single site location within the center
of the city of Bethlehem or a regional center serving the Lehigh Valley.
3. Implement a Systematic Fund-Raising Program
Develop funding sources for operations budgets including grants, religious institutions or organizations, appeals to the wider Lehigh Valley community, and potential large donors with a heart for the homeless.
4. Build Community Services Connections
Cultivate relationships with available community services and implement a community services resource guide to better assist guests as well as volunteers.