While the fortunate consider the thread count on their sheets or which take-out to drive thru, others go without a bed to lay their heads or food to feed their families. Our new client, Bethlehem House, has made it their mission to provide these individuals with a warm bed and warm meals within a safe, comfortable shelter. But the 100-year-old Victorian house in Conway that has housed the program since 1991 is in desperate need of immeasurably costly repairs. It’s falling down around staff and residents. Literally. In November, the leg of a resident’s bed fell through the floor, straight to the ground. So this holiday season at ERI, we’ve made it our mission to help them build a Home for the Homeless.
“Offering a hand up, not a hand out” is Bethlehem House’s mantra, and it truly fuels their whole existence. They don’t just offer a meal or a place to sleep for the night. Rather, their goal is to encourage, equip and motivate homeless individuals to take the necessary steps to change their life situations. Their Home for the Homeless campaign is now underway to raise $1.3 million to build a new home to serve the area’s growing homeless population – many of whom are families with children. We were privileged to help them create a promotional strategy for the campaign, which included the development of the donation box pictured above. that will be displayed in businesses and other organizations throughout December. (Recognize the free talent?) If you happen to see one while you’re out, please consider doing your part to help. Or, if you don’t find yourself in the Conway area anytime soon, you can donate online here.
A structurally safe and adequate space is critical for Bethlehem House to carry out their more important work of investing in the lives of those touched by their program. This Christmas, please help them continue to transform lives in powerful ways.