This week in Adult Forum, we will be joined by Father Domenic and other staff from Bethesda Project to learn more about Old First’s shelter and the role it plays in fighting homelessness in Philadelphia.
Father Domenic founded Bethesda Project in 1979 when he and his prayer group from Paoli, PA reached out to a group of women experiencing homelessness in Center City. Their companionship with the women lead to renting out an apartment at 12th and Sansom, which became a home where the prayer group supported the women in coping with daily life and mental illness. From those beginnings grew Bethesda Project – a non-profit that operates a “continuum of care” model for both men and women experiencing homelessness, from drop-in centers and shelters to independent housing residencies.
Our shelter is part of that continuum. At Old First we are accustomed to hearing about how we were the first church in the city to open its doors to the homeless, back in 1984. Where do we stand today? What have we learned about ourselves and others through this ministry, and where is God calling us to delve deeper with it?
Come at 10 AM for this final session in our series on Wellspring Ministries.