Quarterly Newsletter - February 2020
Bethesda House

A faith-based home for pregnant or parenting
moms and their babies.


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Missy's Message

Greetings,
Having over three years under our belt, we’ve spent the last few months re-assessing our model, identifying what’s working well and what’s not. We never want to get stuck in the mentality of “this is how we do it at BH”. We want to change and adapt to the needs of the young women we serve, while never faltering from our commitment to God being the foundation of this ministry. I want to share a couple of highlights of the revisions we are implementing and plan to share more at the Spring Gala.  

We’re doing a major remodel to our education program.  Our plan is for all residents to complete a certificate program online with the help of our newly formed Education Team (consisting of Learning Assistants and Babysitters). Our Education Room is set up and ready to go with four student computer stations. These certificate programs will be more attainable for our moms than the associate degree programs. They can be started at any time which alleviates the lengthy hold time that came with coordinating semester start dates with move in dates with due dates. 

We’ve also incorporated more of a reward program. With the help of the moms and volunteers, we’ve developed a level system that reinforces hard work and good choices. This motivation has been very effective.  

There are some other great things we are working on but I’ll leave that for the Spring Gala. Please join us on Saturday, March 28 for a night of celebrating the young moms and babies we’ve been blessed to have over the past year as well as our amazing volunteer team.  

May God richly bless you,
Missy
Upcoming Events

** 2020 VOLUNTEER TRAINING SESSIONS 
03/12/20: 8:45am – 12:00pm
05/14/20: 5:45pm – 9:00pm
07/15/20: 8:45am – 12:00pm
09/10/20: 8:45am – 12:00pm
11/07/20: 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Duxbury Church
2 Tremont St., Duxbury

** 2020 VOLUNTEER REFRESHER SESSIONS 
03/12/20: 8:45am – 10:30am
05/14/20: 5:45pm – 7:30pm
07/15/20: 8:45am – 10:30am
09/10/20: 8:45am – 10:30am
11/07/20: 5:45pm – 7:30pm
Duxbury Church
2 Tremont St., Duxbury

** SAVE THE DATES:
Bethesda House Spring Gala
03/28/20
Hotel 1620, Plymouth
** Bethesda House Soccer Tournament
06/20/20
Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth
This beautiful mom graduated from her massage therapy program and celebrated her baby's first birthday in February!
A baby girl is on the way! Mom and dad were showered by friends, family and Bethesda House volunteers.
BETHESDA HOUSE SPRING GALA:
March 28, 2020
Join us on March 28th, 2020 for our fourth annual Bethesda House Spring Gala being held again this year at Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor. There will be a silent auction, raffle and a plated dinner. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the door. 


ATTEND: Tickets are on sale now and will close March 7, 2020. Tickets will not be available at the door. Purchase your tickets today!

SPONSOR: 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. Reserve your sponsorship now!

In year's past, we have been incredibly fortunate to contract a platinum level sponsor for the Spring Gala. We are still seeking that level of support for this year's event. If you know a business that shares our mission, please share this opportunity with them as soon as possible! THANK YOU!

DONATE: We are currently accepting donations for the silent auction and raffles. Some of the most popular items include professional sports tickets, weekend getaways, beauty and home decor baskets, gift cards, art pieces and more. Donating is easy!
BETHESDA HOUSE SOCCER TOURNAMENT: June 20, 2020
Save the date for the 2020 tournament to be held June 20th at the Union Point Sport Complex in Weymouth.

Become an Event Sponsor 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!
ABLE TO HELP WITH MEAL PREP?
We have two mamas expecting to give birth over the next couple of weeks. As the moms typically prepare their meals for the house on a rotating basis, having two mothers recovering leaves the burden on mothers already overwhelmed with work and school. In times like these, we ask trained volunteers to bring cooked meals, drop off frozen meals, come to BH to cook what we have, etc. Any assistance in this area will be especially appreciated! Please Email Amy Vickery at  Amyv6603@gmail.com or text (339)309-9495 if you can help!
OVER $6,000 RAISED BY ORGANIZATIONS HOSTING BETHESDA HOUSE CHRISTMAS TREES THIS SEASON!
WOW! These donations have allowed us to update the technology in our Education Room as we expand our new education program. Gift cards donated will allow us to purchase household supplies and any needs for mothers and babies when they move in.

Thank you to those businesses and organizations who hosted trees in their establishments this Christmas Season:
Ridgehill Preschool, Long Pond Physical Therapy Pembroke, RWA Mobil Gas Station, Denise A. Kissel Dentist, Crayon College Kingston, Crayon College Plymouth, Crayon College Bourne, Sweet Frog Marshfield, Sweet Frog Quincy, McGee Chevrolet, Square Cafe in Hingham, Cath Lab Mass General Nurses: Blake Building, Learning Sprouts, Eden Salon, The White Door Hair Salon, Marshfield Cub Scouts, Bridgewater Savings Bank Pembroke, Topnotch Kitchen Design, Rolton Law Group, Nursing Supervisors BIDP, Nancy's Special Touch, Sun Touch Tanning Salon, Beacon Sales Beacon Roofing Supply Company, Bristol Bible Church, Pembroke Police Dept, Water St. Cafe, Powerhouse Gym, Mayflower Tax & Insurance Plymouth, Mayflower Tax & Insurance Rockland, Wiklund Family Dental, Anna & Company Salon, On the Glow with Natalie, and New Hope Chapel of Norwell. 
PURCHASE A CHOOSE LIFE MASSACHUSETTS LICENSE PLATE AND GIVE BACK TO BETHESDA HOUSE
Bethesda House is a recipient of grants made possible through the purchase of these plates. When you purchase a Choose Life license plate, the cost of the plate is $40 more than your regular registration fee.

BECOME A BETHESDA HOUSE MONTHLY DONOR
We are especially grateful to a core group of supporters, our Monthly Donors, who make recurring donations that we can rely on month-to-month to help us pay our home’s living expenses. We have recently streamlined the donation process on our website and invite you to become a Monthly Donor and become part of the foundation of Bethesda House. We are 100% volunteer-run which maximizes the impact of each dollar your give. And, because Bethesda House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, your donation is tax-deductible.
TRIBUTE DONATIONS MADE TO BETHESDA HOUSE
We are grateful that you would honor the special people in your life with a donation to Bethesda House.

Most recently, donations have been made as following:
  • In Honor of the Bethesda House mothers and children, in Loving Memory of Roland Potter.
  • In Honor of the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Jim and Doris Bean

To make a tribute gift to Bethesda House, visit:
VOLUNTEER AT BETHESDA HOUSE
There are numerous areas where you can use your God-given talents to support Bethesda House where opportunities are flexible depending on your availability. We require that you attend one of our 3-hour training sessions if you plan to provide direct care to the mothers and babies. Please attend our next training on January 11th to familiarize yourself with our organization, our mission, and with the various ways you can support Bethesda House. Training begins at 9:00am but we invite you to join us at 8:45 for coffee! Register today >> https://bethesdahousema.org/get-involved/direct-care-volunteering/
REQUEST TO ALL ACTIVE VOLUNTEERS
At Bethesda House, policies and procedures are constantly changing and in order for us to keep up with our growth it is imperative that active volunteers are on the same page. We have offered three refresher sessions earlier this fall so we are asking those of you who have not yet attended to select either of the following options:

1: Moving forward, refreshers will be covered in the first half of our regularly scheduled New Volunteer Sessions. The next two Volunteer Training sessions are being held: March 12th and May 14th. Register for a training session: https://bethesdahousema.org/get-involved/direct-care-volunteering/

2: Let us know that you are no longer interested/able to volunteer at Bethesda House. Please email mp@bethesdahousema.org to let us know that we should remove you from our volunteer alert lists. We understand that life is busy and that interests change but we hope that you will continue to support Bethesda House in other ways.
HOUSEHOLD DONATION NEEDS
Bethesda House is in need of expendable items on a regular basis. This month, we are specifically in short supply of:
  • All Purpose Cleaning Spray
  • Liquid Hand Soap
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Kleenex
  • Saran Wrap
  • Tin Foil
  • Air Freshener: Solid & Spray
  • Disinfection Spray
  • Paper Towels
  • Clear Packing Tape

Check out the complete list of all of our current needs. https://bethesdahousema.org/donate-now/in-kind-donations/

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!

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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