Newsletter - November 2022

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Missy's Message


As we head into this holiday season and a new year, we reflect on all God has done at Bethesda House and look ahead to the upcoming year with joyful anticipation of what’s to come for 2023. We are so excited to share the new options we will be offering. In addition to the traditional Education Program that all our past moms were enrolled in, we are excited to be expanding our program to meet the needs of even more moms who may be seeking a different plan.

The two new options are:

1. Bridge Program- a 6-9 week short term program that offers a safe place to reset and learn important skills before moving on.

2. Work Program- an approximately 1 year program with the goal of working to save and gain financial security.

The main focus of each of these tracks will always be on showing the moms and babies God's great love for them while also providing guidance, parenting and life skills, in a safe and loving environment. We believe these changes will allow us to help more young women as the prolife practical solution we aim to be. It’s because of your continued support and generosity we can do this. So, we THANK YOU. We pray God’s continued blessing on you and yours. And from our “home” to yours, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

For His Glory,


Upcoming Events


Duxbury Church

2 Tremont St., Duxbury

-- Thu. January 5th 9:30am - 12:30pm


-- April 1, 2023

Find details and upcoming events in the Event Calendar.

Snapshots from our home!

Messages from the Moms:

"Since moving into Bethesda House over a year ago, I have grown so much. I have been able to focus on my daughter and my education. BH has helped me learn how to save my money and not spend it all in one place. I am proud to be a mom from BH because when it is time for me to move out, I can say “I made it because I worked really hard in the program.” Thank you to those who have helped my daughter and I and for getting us to where we are today. I love my BH family."

— Mom E.

Bethesda House and its team members have given me the chance to work on myself and help me balance motherhood and daily life. They gave me a safe place to bring my baby boy into this world and they have helped me further my relationship with the Lord. They have supported me from the beginning and they are continuing to be supportive of my plans with my baby and his father. They are a lighthouse for those of us caught in life’s storm. I hope to be the best Christian, mother and person that I can be by the end of my stay with their help.

— Mom R.

Host A Christmas Giving Tree at Your Business or Group Gathering

If your group or business is looking to bring people together this season to do some charitable giving, look no further! Our Giving Trees are the perfect way to support homeless new moms and babies by collecting gift cards to support Bethesda House. Learn more:

Reserve Your Tree Today!


Bethesda House would like to thank the hosts of the Bethesda House Giving Trees! The trees located throughout the community are a visual and tangible representation of Bethesda House and help us to raise funds through the collection of gift cards to supply the many household needs for the upcoming year. We are so grateful to have such wonderful partners who support the mothers and babies living in our home!

Please visit and thank these business owners and groups who support Bethesda House in this way!

Bay State Physical Therapy, Bethesda House Boutique, Bible Baptist Church Hanson, Calvary Baptist Hanson, Carver Town Hall, Central Congregational Church, Central Square Computer Repair, Community Baptist Church, Cornerstone Tile and Marble, Corsini's Salon, David Alan Salon, Duxbury Church, Eden Salon, Enhance Wellness, ExpRealty, Grace Presbyterian Church South Shore, Honey Dew Donuts Carver, Industrial Communications, JOLI Medical Spa, Lighthouse Mental Wellness, Long Pond Physical Therapy at Redbrook, Market Basket-- Plymouth, Market Basket-- Hanover, Mayflower Tax & Insurance Milford, Mayflower Tax & Insurance Plymouth, Mayflower Tax & Insurance Rockland, Nursing Unit at South Shore Hospital, Pembroke Dry Cleaners, Pembroke Police Dept, Rachael's Hair Design, Rapture Hair Salon, Redpoint Physical Therapy, Ridgehill Preschool, Rock Village Church, Rose & Vicki's Cedarville (Plymouth), Rose & Vicki's Manomet, Rose & Vicki's Marion, Rose & Vicki's North Plymouth, Skin Esteem Med Spa & Wellness Center, Smoosh Juice Bar, Snug Harbor Fish Company, St. Paul's Church of the Nazarene, Strive Fitness, Sweet Frog Ice Cream Shop Marshfield, Sweet Frog Ice Cream Shop Quincy, The New Testament Church, USA Fitness of Carver, and Wiklund Family Dental.

Shop on Amazon and They Donate to Bethesda House

To date, Bethesda House supporters have raised more nearly $1,200 from shopping! Signing up is easy, just select Bethesda House as your charity of choice and make all of your purchases using the the website

Set Up Your Account Today!

November 27th is our 6th Birthday!

The Bethesda House Boutique is a resale boutique where 100% of the profits from sales are used to support the boutique and our home.


Just because you have the means to pay full price, doesn't mean you have to!

Get beautiful items for a great price. Visit the Bethesda House Boutique for babies, children's (through size 6), and maternity clothing as well as baby equipment, children's toys, and books.

Find us at the Kingston Collection (Formerly the Independence Mall) across from Billy Beez.

Most items are now sold for just $3 unless otherwise marked!


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:

10:00am – 5:00pm


Saturday: 11:00am 6:00pm

Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Phone: 781-776-3073



Donations of new to like-new items are welcome for drop-off at the store. For items that we accept, donation guidelines or more information, visit The Bethesda House Boutique.


To join our team, please email or call/text 781-361-2418!


We've got hats, coats, gloves, winter boots and everything your baby or toddler needs this winter to keep warm.

And, don't forget the TOYS! Not just gently used things-- but we've got brand new toys just in time for Christmas. We're constantly receiving donations so check back early and often!

You'll never know what you'll find at the Boutique.

Interested in Hosting a Baby Bottle Drive?

Individuals, churches, and businesses who are looking to raise funds to supplement the daily needs of running Bethesda House can become part of our Baby Bottle Ministry. Funds raised through this ministry help us purchase diapers, cleaning supplies, school supplies and other miscellaneous items that help make Bethesda House a home.

Large baby bottles can be displayed with informational materials at your place of business or church. Members are encouraged to donate their change, bills or checks. In addition, small baby bottles can be distributed to members to take home for their own fundraising efforts and returned by the collection date (usually about 4-6 weeks). On average, one small baby bottle can generate about $35! Multiply that by the number of participants and that really adds up! If you are interested in hosting a Baby Bottle Drive, please e-mail

Bethesda House Named Recipient of Grants

Bethesda House was awarded a grant by the Salah Foundation who supports non-profit organizations in the United States in their pursuit to elevate the well-being of humanity through impactful programs that create healthy, productive, safe and responsible families and communities. We thank them for this recognition!

Bethesda House was presented with a grant by The Frederick and Anne Delsanto Charitable Fund, a Donor Advised Fund of the US Charitable Gift Trust. We are grateful to benefit from this generous giving!

Donations were made in the last several weeks in the names of the following:

-- Doris Bean

-- Sue Raps

-- Lois Harbert

-- Marilyn Mervine

Thank you for honoring or remembering your loved ones with a donation to Bethesda House. God Bless.

Along with generous donations, we get some beautiful messages of support. This one came in this month:

"Please accept my continued support for all you do for the young ladies and their babies! God certainly is smiling upon you all! God bless."


Donate online through our secure payment form: Donate Now


Mail a check made out to Bethesda House and send to P.O. Box 227, N. Pembroke, MA 02358.

It is with sadness that we share of the passing of Bethesda House supporter Marilyn Mervine. Marilyn's life was centered on her faith and family. Her smile was infectious and she brightened the lives of everyone she met.

Read More.


Messages from Volunteers:

"When attending training last spring, I knew I was where I was supposed to be.  There were several “God winks” leading me to Bethesda House and Missy’s overview of this special home confirmed it all. I provide transportation for one of the women regularly. We share thoughts and ideas about motherhood, work and life challenges.  I’ve watched this young woman grow in her role as a mom and as a responsible employee at a day care facility.  I’ve observed how she interacts positively with staff, students and parents.  She genuinely enjoys her job and the people she serves.  Of late, she has taken coursework to complete her requirements as a day care provider and is enjoying her successes as a student. Finally, she is working toward her own independence by setting goals and preparing for her future to successfully navigate the path God has laid out for her. Her happy little girl has grown into a true toddler; learning how to walk, talk and even sing.  She has her own personality and knows what she wants and attempts to make it happen… kind of like her Mom. These are the moments that contribute to my joy each week."

-- Volunteer Kathy

"As a volunteer at Bethesda House, you form relationships with the moms in all different stages of motherhood. During their pregnancy, the newborn stage, and as their babies develop and grow. I love this aspect of the home, getting to share in the gift of motherhood which is truly the best and the hardest job we will do as women. Getting to spend time driving them to appointments and jobs gives them time to share their day, their hopes and dreams. Spending time in the house with them, you experience how hard they are working to better themselves. The women want more for themselves and Bethesda House gives them the opportunity to achieve this. The most important gift they are given here is the gift of faith. When you know that you are unconditionally loved by God you can accomplish much for He strengthens us and gives us all we need."

-- Volunteer Kim

We are looking for Morning, Afternoon, and Evening Support

YOU ARE THE DIFFERENCE Bethesda House can make in really changing lives for the better!

Could you commit to a regular day or time? Right now, there will be babysitting at most shifts, and any modeling and encouraging you can offer to the moms during those shifts would be outstanding! We will keep you up-to-date on what we're working on with each mom to help her meet her customized goals. 

(A three-hour training session is required if you plan to provide direct care to the mothers and babies. See next item!)


There are numerous areas where you can use your God-given talents to support Bethesda House. We require that you attend one of our three-hour training sessions if you plan to provide direct care to the mothers and babies. Our next training will be held on Thursday January 5th 9:30am - 12:30pm. Come familiarize yourself with our organization, our mission, and the various ways you can support Bethesda House. We invite you to join us 15 minutes before the start of the session for registration and coffee!

Upcoming 2023 Sessions

-- Thu. January 5th 9:30am - 12:30pm

All sessions take place at Duxbury Church, 2 Tremont St., Duxbury. As we are following suggested social distancing recommendations, there is limited space. Please be sure to register ahead of time.

Register today!

Household Donation Needs

Bethesda House is in need of expendable items on a regular basis. Here is a list of our current needs:

  • Infant Tylenol
  • Infant Motrin
  • Accordion Folders
  • Thermal Laminating sheets
  • Post-it Notes
  • Freezer Labels
  • Paper Plates
  • Disposable Gloves (large)
  • Exam Table Paper
  • Listerine Mouthwash
  • Hair Brushes (adult)
  • Dr. Brown Nipples
  • Food Storage Bags (snack, sandwich, quart & gallon)
  • Magic Erasers
  • Soft Scrub
  • Disinfecting Spray
  • Tin Foil

Bethesda House Amazon Wishlist

As with any home, we have a constant need of various household items. We have updated our Amazon wishlist for supporters to help make the new house a comfortable and nurturing home for our young moms and their babies. Check back frequently as we will be updating the list regularly!

Shop our Wishlist Today! 

Support 2023 Fundraisers:

-- Spring Gala

-- Summer Soccer Tournament


Donate an item (goods and/or services) for the 2023 fundraisers. Gift certificates, gift baskets, home decor, sporting goods, restaurant gift cards, and vacation stays have all been donated in recent years. 

Learn more.


We are looking for local partners to sponsor one or both of our largest fundraising events that make it possible to run Bethesda House for the year. There are various levels of sponsorship available for any budget. Please share these opportunities with local businesses who would be interested in supporting Bethesda House!

Learn More!

And, as always, thank you for your continued generosity.
Yours sincerely,

Missy Porter, RN
Co-Founder/Director of Bethesda House

Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Jeremiah 1:5
Our mission is to provide a temporary home that is safe and nurturing for young mothers (either pregnant or parenting their child). The basis of our home is built on God's love and how life can be transformed through a relationship with Jesus.

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