Family Services Department
BHS programs address the multi-generational aspect of family homelessness by providing parents with the skills for positive parenting and by teaching children to make healthy choices.
The Positive Parenting, Family Nights, and Nutrition, Health and Safety programs which are all activities led by the Family Services Department are designed to promote stronger relationships in addition to the core content. Bethany House staff emphasize the importance of education and regular school attendance, which is vital if the multi-generational cycle of poverty and homelessness is to be broken.
In combination with one-on-one case management support, Life Skills group programs provide a foundation for prevention of future episodes of homelessness. These educational sessions are taught by experts from the community and BHS staff. Speakers address topics such as financial literacy, budgeting, parenting, developing healthy relationships, healthy choices, nutrition, yoga and tenants’ rights. Job-related skills such as resume writing and interviewing are also taught.