Bethany Children’s Home

CHHSM Creates Fact-Based Information Campaign to Support Members’ COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Programs

By Barb Powell | February 11, 2021

In order to support CHHSM members’ efforts to help their employees and residents understand the risks and rewards of the COVID-19 vaccines, the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has launched a “Myth vs. Facts” campaign. Created by the Rev. Elyse Berry, D.Min., CHHSM’s associate for advocacy and leadership development, the campaign aims…

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Bethany Children’s Home Staff Members Pull Together to Create School-like Atmosphere for Students

By Barb Powell | October 6, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting all aspects of social interaction and activities, many local school districts had difficulty developing safe plans for the new school year. Agencies serving children and youth — including several CHHSM members — felt the impact of that uncertainty. In the Womelsdorf, Pa., area, the local school district finished its virtual…

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Pottery-Making Day Enchants Youth Participants at Bethany Children’s Home

By Barb Powell | August 13, 2020

For a dozen or so youth at Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdorf, Pa., July 15 was extra special. The youth were treated to a special pottery-making day, thanks to Linda Aragon, Bethany’s art instructor, who hosted visiting artist Hadley Wiktor. Wiktor, who specializes in ceramics and fiber arts, led three groups of youth in pottery…

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Advocacy for Children, Youth, and Families is Toolkit Focus for May

By Barb Powell | May 11, 2020

Lauren, 19, had aged out of foster care. Without hope, she had drifted from place to place, living in various shelters or on the streets, sleeping at friends’ houses. Then, a therapist from TAYLRD — part of Seven Counties Services, a community mental health agency based in Louisville, Ky. — encouraged Lauren to go to…

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CHHSM Member Organizations Find Creative Ways to Serve During Coronavirus Outbreak

By Barb Powell | April 13, 2020

From phone calls, online chats and social media postings to Zoom, Skype, and Facebook video gatherings, CHHSM members are adapting to almost daily changes in health care requirements while serving their residents and clients. “The world changes overnight,” says Chris Cox, president and CEO of Hoyleton Youth & Family Services in Fairview Heights, Ill. “Plans…

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Alumna Betty Mull shares fond memories of life at Bethany Children’s Home

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | March 25, 2020

By Jennifer Koch, archivist at UCC-related Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdorf, Pa. Koch recently sat down with former Bethany resident Betty Mull, her brother Edward, and their family. Betty came to Bethany at the age of 2, in 1927. Below are some of Betty’s thoughts and memories of Bethany. Edward also chimes in from time…

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UCC-related Bethany Children’s Home Names Birli Chief Executive Officer

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | November 11, 2019

Joseph T. Birli, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, has been named chief executive officer of UCC-related Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdorf, Pa., following the retirement of Kevin Snyder, who served as Bethany’s CEO for six years. Birli previously served as president and CEO of the Children’s Home of York, Pa. Prior to his time in York, Birli…

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UCC-related Bethany Children’s Home Provides Helping Hands to Migrant Children in Search of their Families

By CHHSM Staff | April 9, 2019

Imagine this scenario: you are 12 years old, and almost 2,000 miles away from the only home you’ve ever known. All you want is to be reunited with the family for whom you’ve traveled to the United States. To aid children like you, UCC-related Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdorf, Pa., is providing shelter, resources and…

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Bethany Children’s Home ‘Edgers’ Rappel from the Clouds to Raise Funds

By Barb Powell | October 1, 2018

Participants in the 2018 Over the Edge (OTE) fund raiser for the UCC’s Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdorf, Pa., reached new heights at the Sept. 21 event as they rappelled down 18 stories to greet cheering fans below. The third annual event — which even drew Spiderman — was held at Abraham Lincoln Towers in…

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Meggan Kerber Named New Executive Director of Berks Arts Council

By Guest Contributor | August 10, 2018

The Berks Arts Council board of directors has appointed Meggan Kerber its new executive director, effective August 8. Kerber succeeds Karen Haver, who is resigning to take on the role of full-time sailor and occasional blogger. Kerber has an extensive and varied background, primarily in development, fundraising, special events and marketing. She most recently was…

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