S. Aimee Koonman OP founded Bethany House as a residence for women and children caught in the crisis of homelessness. Bethany supports the belief that each person deserves and needs adequate food, clothing, and shelter, in a nurturing and sustaining environment. They provide a homelike atmosphere and encourage self-sufficiency and restoration of human dignity.
To achieve this end, Bethany House:
- Employs a multi-services approach of supportive counseling, family life education and specific programs to those made vulnerable to crisis.
- Advocates and networks with other agencies to obtain needed services and benefits for those in its care.
- Creates opportunities for change on the individual case level, and acts to effect broader change on the systemic level
- Educates and involves the community at large to prevent homelessness when possible, and to respond effectively when preventive efforts fail.
For more information about Bethany House, please visit BHNY.org