Quarterly Newsletter - November 2019
Bethesda House

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


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Missy's Message

Greetings,
On November 27, 2016, we welcomed in our first two moms. Since then we have provided a home – shelter, safety, structure and love to 31 young women and their babies. Every stay looks very different but our mission is that each mom experiences the love of Jesus while they are here. 

Because our model is so unique and we utilize volunteers in such a wide variety of roles, we have implemented an annual refresher program that is vital for all volunteers to attend. If you were trained more than a year ago, please see below for more details. This is necessary to provide the moms at Bethesda House the consistency needed. Thank you very much to those that have already attended.

We are always looking to improve how things are done at BH. Please know that all suggestions, thoughts, ideas are always welcome.  
Upcoming Events

** BOOK SIGNING: VERA BONDAR ABBOTT
12/10/19: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Pembroke Public Library

** 2020 VOLUNTEER TRAINING SESSIONS 
01/11/20: 8:45am – 12:00pm
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 
01/11/20: 8:45am – 10:30am
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
GIFT CARD CHRISTMAS TREE PROJECT
Christmas is closer than you think...Is your workplace looking for a Christmas Project? The Bethesda House Gift Card Giving Tree Drive is a great way to support single moms and their babies!

Simply put up a tree at your establishment and employees and patrons can take ornaments and bring back Amazon, Walmart and Target gift cards that help Bethesda House buy household goods and clothing throughout the year. Check out the flyer below for all the information! Contact outreach@bethesdahousema.org to get a PDF of the flyer or to tell us you'd like a tree.
WOW! Thank you to those businesses and organizations that have already committed to hosting a tree 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 Blake Building, Learning Sprouts, Eden Salon, The White Door Hair Salon, Marshfield Boy Scouts, Bridgewater Savings 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. 
BECOME A BETHESDA HOUSE MONTHLY DONOR
When considering your Christmas giving, please consider donating year-round to Bethesda House. 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 in the names of the following people:
  • In Memory of Barbara Caddell
  • In Tribute of Hannah

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/
WELCOME CAROL DOHERTY, NEW HOUSEKEEPING COORDINATOR
Carol is a native of Connecticut, and she received her degree from UMass Dartmouth. She taught elementary education in several Christian schools for over 20 years in both CT and MA as well as homeschooling both of her sons before joining the staff at New Testament Christian School. In addition to her teaching career, Carol spent several years doing elder care. After working with children and the elderly, she is enjoying her interaction with women and their babies at BH! Carol and her husband, Dennis, live in South Plymouth, and attend the New Testament Church of Cedarville. They have two grown sons and they anticipate multiple grandchildren some day. "I am blessed to be a part of the lives of the women and babies at BH and am excited to see what God's doing and will continue to do in their lives! To Him be the glory!"
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 our regularly scheduled New Volunteer Sessions. Register for ONE of the next TWO Volunteer Training Sessions (before January 1st) where the first portion will serve as the "Refresher". The next two Volunteer Training sessions are being held: January 11th and March 12th. 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.
NEW TRANSPORTATION NEED
We’ve changed our Mentor Role and will now be looking for transportation to and from Duxbury Church on Sundays. Service starts at 9:30 and ends around 11:00. Pick up at BH will be 9:10am and then from Duxbury Church (2 Tremont St. Duxbury) will be 11:15. If you are available for a ride please include your name and quantity of seats you have available. 

BOOK SIGNING BY VERA BONDAR ABBOTT December 10th
Bethesda House will be hosting author Vera Bondar Abbott who will present her book “To Elena” at the Pembroke Public Library on December 10th from 6:00pm-8:15pm. Vera will have copies of her book available for sale and for signing. Light refreshments will also be served.

“To Elena” is the true story of a young woman who learns to survive amid the oppression of a government that silences or kills anyone it considers an enemy of the state-anyone educated, anyone wealthy, anyone who does not conform to the government’s way of thinking. Fifteen year old Elena’s family has been torn apart by the Communist Revolution. Living in remote Siberia, she is trying to find a new purpose when a mysterious man appears in her village— an exile whose controversial message sabotages all her plans and sends her life tumbling in a new direction. Please email elabbott@comcast.net if you plan to attend so Vera can have an approximate number of attendees.

If you are unable to attend and would like a copy of "To Elena", you can purchase the book online: https://www.amazon.com/Elena-True-Story-Bondar/dp/1549949527/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=to+elena&qid=1572809421&sr=8-1
SAVE THE DATES
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. Tickets will be on sale January 1, 2020 through March 7, 2020.

Bethesda House Soccer Tournament: June 20, 2020
Save the date for the 2020 tournament to be held June 20th, 2020 to be played again this year at the Union Point Sport Complex in Weymouth.
SEEKING CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS FOR BOTH FUNDRAISERS
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!
HOUSEHOLD DONATION NEEDS
Bethesda House is in need of expendable items on a regular basis. This month, we are specifically in short supply of:
  • Postage Stamps
  • Napkins
  • Air Freshener (solid gel and spray)
  • Tin Foil
  • Saran Wrap

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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