It is our pleasure to invite you to New Bethany Ministries’ 26th Annual Souper Day Luncheon, to be held on Tuesday, October 17th at 12:00pm at the Blue Event Center. At this year’s event, we will be joined by Keynote Speaker Ashley Russo, two-time Emmy® winning executive producer, host of The PEAK TV and president of ASR Media Productions. Given Ashley’s background in partnering with local organizations combatting similar social issues, as well as her personal experience with New Bethany Ministries, Ashley’s words are sure to be illuminating. Ashley will be joined by New Bethany Ministries program graduates who will share their stories of success.
As the possibility of massive funding cuts looms before us, we see no slowing in the need for our services. In fact, within the past year another food desert has been identified in the Valley, meaning there are now nine food deserts locally. Four of these food deserts are in Bethlehem; three are in and around South Bethlehem. Additionally, the Lehigh Valley Promise Neighborhoods recently released results from their survey indicating that more than 33% of Southside households and 50% of households in the Marvine public housing neighborhood are food insecure. This survey only had a 47% return rate of all households in the neighborhoods surveyed, and did not include the western portion of the Southside, meaning that even these rates are an underestimate of local need.
As New Bethany Ministries has done for over 31 years, we maintain and expand our programming in reaction to local need while staying true to our mission. Over our many years of operation, we have helped over 100,000 of our neighbors. We proclaim 2017 officially as the year of “everyone matters,” a reminder of our mission to provide basic services with dignity and respect to the hungry, homeless, poor, and mentally ill of the Lehigh Valley. Last year we served over 57,000 meals to more than 1,700 unique individuals. With our take-home food services, referrals, and other programming, we impacted more than 6,000 individuals throughout the year. We face similar need in 2017.
Therefore, we ask you to join us at our 26th Annual Souper Day fundraising event and to consider partnering with us to sustain our mission. Souper Day is a celebration of the people we serve as well as the volunteers, donors, Board members, and staff that make it all possible. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, October 17th, 12:00 pm, at the Event Center at Blue. Thanks to the generosity of the Event Center, 100% of the dollars donated go directly to fund our programs and make it possible for us to continue our mission.
On behalf of the board, staff and all those we serve, our most sincere thanks to all who share their time, talents, and treasures with New Bethany Ministries.
Richard Hooper and Robert Price
Souper Day Co-Chairs
Board of Directors
July and August have proved busy months at New Bethany Ministries. Here are just a few updates on the exciting projects going on:
Top Left: On July 12th, New Bethany Ministries partnered with AM Luxe to host our first-ever "Shop with Purpose" Event. Guests enjoyed a fun evening of shopping, sipping, and chatting. 10% of the evening's sales were donated to New Bethany Ministries.
Top Right: On July 27th, New Bethany Ministries partnered with the Bethlehem Area Public Library Southside Branch to host a "Hunger and Homelessness Action Session." Participants learned about the realities of local hunger and homelessness, as well as about our organization's services. Participants ended the evening by creating "Welcome Kits" for families moving into our Transitional Housing Program, complete with welcome cards created by participants.
Middle Left: Following a volunteer project earlier in the summer in our Transitional Housing Program, our friends at Olympus held a kitchen, bath, and bedding drive for families.
Middle Right: Our partners from Epworth United Methodist Church spent some of their mission week serving lunch in our Hospitality Center, as well as building two picnic tables for our garden and playground areas.
Bottom Left: New Bethany Ministries will be hosting free Farmers' Markets on the fourth and fifth Saturdays of the month through the end of the growing season. This is a partnership with First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Lynnfield Community Center, the Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley, and Grow-a-Row, who will be hosting free Farmers' Markets the first three Saturdays of the month. This collaborative effort began at New Bethany in July.
Bottom Right: Volunteers from UGI spent time serving a hot breakfast in our kitchen and helping in our Food Pantry on August 8th.
Last week, the Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF) announced New Bethany Ministries as a winner of the 2017 Nonprofit Energy Makeover Contest. New Bethany Ministries joins the Lehigh County Humane Society in winning this year's award. In announcing the award, SEF stated:
"These two winners will be awarded a major energy efficiency building retrofit at no cost to them. The main goal of the Makeover Contest is to promote energy efficiency and assist energy users in overcoming educational and financial barriers to a sustainable energy future.
Sustainable Energy Fund received over 40 applications for the contest. The two winning nonprofits, chosen for their inefficient buildings and for the good they do for the community, will produce dramatic energy savings after the building retrofits are completed this fall. The money saved from high electric bills can instead be directed towards furthering the nonprofits’ missions. While the contest was originally designed to have just one winner, Sustainable Energy Fund and its Board of Directors decided to award both organizations with retrofits."
We are so grateful to the Fund for this opportunity to improve our facilities. We look forward to sharing more updates with you as retrofits are completed.
Our Mollard Hospitality Center Meal Center and Day Shelter will be closed from Monday, August 14th-Monday, August 28th for renovation. We look forward to sharing updates on the new kitchen space with you, and thank our partners at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem and a Family Foundation for making this project possible.
Our Food Pantry is currently low on the following items:
Hydration Items like Water Bottles, Juice, and Gatorade
Canned Fruits & Veggies
Peanut Butter and Jelly
If you can help us restock our shelves, please reach out to us.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017