Posted On On: February 13, 2015 Categories Filed Under: Member News

For over 100 years, Bethesda Mission has been known for providing food, clothing, and shelter for those most in need.  This weekend will be no exception.  With record low temperatures predicted, Bethesda Mission has already begun to brace for the expected increase in the demand for services.


Chuck Wingate, executive director, stated that, “We have already started planning for the weekend.  Additional staff has been added for both the day and evening shifts.  We have purchased additional dinnerware and food to handle the increased meals.  And we are planning some additional indoor activities to keep our guests satisfied with staying indoors for a couple of days.   Our Helmsman Program guests have stepped up and are planning on assisting new guests with the schedules for showers, meals, lights out, etc. which will relieve some of the added stress and tension that will most likely occur.”


Wingate continued, “Our bed capacity is 78.  However, we are anticipating running about 60% over that capacity and expect anywhere from 120-130 men to be sleeping at our Men’s Shelter through Monday.  We will keep our doors open and find a place for anyone who needs our help.  Obviously, operating over capacity is not something we can do indefinitely, but we will do our best to rise to the challenge.  With this kind of brutal weather, it is not a good time for anyone to be outside without shelter.  Additional food is needed and financial help would be extremely helpful to meet the demands that this winter has already had on our utility bills, supplies, staffing, etc.”



For further information, please contact Chuck Wingate at 717-257-4442, ext. 226 weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or 717-717-877-6439 (Cell).