Message From The Executive Director
Hello friends of Bethany House,
As I enter into my 20th year of service at Bethany House the flame of hope within me still burns brighter than ever. WE ARE NO LONGER IN ST. CLAIR VILLAGE AS A RESULT OF DEMOLITION. As part of a Bethany House tradition in the pursuit of social, economic, and racial justice we remain on the “front line” in communities that many have turned their back on. My spiritual pursuit of doing God’s will is the reason I continue to strive to be a difference maker. The challenges and symptoms of poverty stricken communities still exist, more so now than ever, which means much more work needs to be done. In the past 2 years there was a murder in Northview Heights (Northside of Pittsburgh) that took the life of a 5-year-old boy named Jaylon Johnson-Floyd and the death of a 15 year old Jerome “Chubby” Williams, which has challenged my faith on many levels.
This beautiful five year old boy was not the target. He was the victim of a violent act that should generate, at minimum, a level of activism that puts the perpetrator of this crime behind bars. We cannot accept going to a funeral(s) of our young and treat it as a “natural or expected” process. People from all walks of life and different neighborhoods need to come together to demand justice. We must do something.
As an agency that advocates for the children, youth, and families, we are proactive in the prevention area of protecting and educating those that enter through our doors. Our strength as an agency is our delivery of quality, culturally relevant, and life-changing programs that believe in “Building towards Excellence” on a personal, academic, social, and spiritual level. We take the holistic approach of building up each child, youth, and family founded on the most basic concept called love.
It is my hope that you enjoy this website (share it with family and friends) and find a way(s) to support our Ministry.
Peace and Blessings,