John Roherty MSW on Bethal House


John Roherty, Contributor

Simply put, the goal of Bethel House is to help those in need. As a non-profit, ecumenical organization, we are always looking for ways that we can provide for families in the Whitewater area. We have two main programs – transitional housing and emergency assistance. Throughout the entirety of the year, we look forward to being able to help families find a place to stay or pay their bills.

         Around the holidays, we start looking for families in need that would like to be a part of our Christmas donation program. Others throughout the community are then provided with gift information so that, ultimately, the families in need can give each other gifts over the holidays. We also have a number of free blankets, socks, and toiletries in our office that we regularly encourage clients to take. The churches that we work with  also provide the community and our clients with a warm place to sit down and eat weekly free meals, which is especially important during the holiday season. The churches involved in our organization are as followers: 

  • Community Of Christ the Servant 
  • Congregational Church U.C.C.
  • Crosspointe Community Church
  • First English Lutheran Church
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Lagrange United Methodist Church
  • Living World Worship
  • St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
  • Richmond United Methodist Church

         Overall, we believe in the “golden rule” here at Bethel House. Even though many of us learned it as children, the philosophy is still the same now: treat others as you want to be treated. Personally, I take great joy in being able to be kind and empathetic towards those with whom I interact, and I would like to think that if the roles were reversed, they would treat me with equal kindness.

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