One Step Closer to Home – A Campaign for Cincinnati’s Children

It’s easy to overlook families experiencing homelessness who are not as visible as homeless adults living on city streets. Homeless families have no other place to go and struggle to create a sense of safety and stability for their children while facing significant challenges. While family homelessness continues to grow, our facilities are holding us back. Families are now scattered among five shelters in South Fairmount, Westwood, College Hill and Bond Hill, three of which are apartment buildings. Families and staff must travel among the buildings for services; this is costly and time-consuming, and the scattered sites mean unequal access to programs for families.

To address this need, Bethany House has announced the launch of our largest-ever public campaign to raise funds for a new consolidated family homeless shelter and comprehensive services center! Consolidating seven buildings into one new facility, we can provide the best quality shelter accommodations and improve access to a full range of support services for every family served. 

To learn more, please click HERE or call our Main Line at 513-921-1131 or Administrative Offices at 513-557-2403.

It Starts With One Step       

Families come to Bethany House from many different paths. No matter the twists and turns life has thrown at them, they come to Bethany House seeking the same thing, a place to find rest and restoration. That’s what we provide: care and comfort, community and support, encouragement and inspiration, each leading them one step closer to home.

Our story.

Bethany Basics List

Can openers. Wastebaskets. Cleaning supplies. Soap. These are some of the items many would consider “basic.” But without them, families run the risk of compromised health and poor nutrition. The impact of these items, especially on children, cannot be overestimated! To accomplish our mission, we provide Bethany House Basics filled with everyday items for our families as they exit shelter into their own space.  Download the Bethany Basic list below!

Bethany Basics

Bethany House receives largest gift in its history: $1.25 Million from Bezos Day 1 Families Fund

Bethany House Services is proud to have been selected as a Bezos Day 1 Families Fund leadership award recipient. The gift of $1.25 million is the largest gift we have received in our history! The Day 1 Families Fund supports organizations that are moving the needle on family homelessness.

We plan to use this generous investment toward the cost of one new, consolidated family shelter and comprehensive service center for families experiencing homelessness. This facility is our top priority and will enable us to improve services to parents and children and reach more families each year.

We are grateful to the Day 1 Families Fund for their support and look forward to continuing to make a positive impact for families in our community.

Click here for more information about this generous gift.

BHS is proud to be a United Way Agency Partner.

In 2016 Bethany House Services became a United Way of Greater Cincinnati Agency Partner, joining 138 other agencies that are moving children and their families out of poverty and toward self-sufficiency.

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