Bethlehem Haven is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing a number of services including emergency shelter; transitional housing; permanent supportive housing; meals; medical, dental, obstetrics and mental health services to women in the Pittsburgh area. The Haven also provides some medical and mental health services to non-residents, including men.
Since its modest beginning in the basement of Smithfield United Church to its current three uptown locations, Bethlehem Haven has provided shelter to thousands of homeless women in the community for more than 10,000 consecutive nights.
Hospitality. Compassion. Integrity. Empowerment. These core values are the centerpiece of Bethlehem Haven’s delivery of services to homeless women and those at-risk of homelessness.
Bethlehem Haven’s mission is to provide a continuum of care for homeless women that leads toward self-sufficiency.
Bethlehem Haven’s vision is to end homelessness through collaboration with the community and the people we serve.
Thirty years ago, Rev. Peter Weaver of Smithfield United Church of Christ in Downtown Pittsburgh made a decision that changed the lives of thousands of women. Instead of locking the church doors for the night on a bitter cold Christmas Eve, he opened them to a group of homeless women huddled together against the brutal weather. In that moment, Bethlehem Haven was born, and the doors have never since been closed.
Bethlehem Haven operated in those early years as an emergency shelter in the basement of Smithfield UCC, providing a place to sleep, something to eat, and compassionate care, but the original focus of crisis intervention was insufficient to address the multiple issues confronting the growing number of homeless women seeking assistance. Bethlehem Haven created a collaborative model of service providers to address these needs, which brought more volunteers into the shelter and expanded regular programs to include health and wellness services.
In 2000, Bethlehem Haven moved into Fifth Avenue Commons, located in Uptown Pittsburgh, a transition that allowed the organization to expand its programs by adding transitional housing and a health clinic. Before long, the Haven was also providing employment services and established permanent supportive housing for women who are the most vulnerable and in need of life-long care.
“These women come to us with their lives in pieces, and they look to us to find the strength to put it all back together,” says Lois Mufuka Martin, executive director. “Through our four principles of compassion, hospitality, integrity, and empowerment, we instill in them the skills and self-confidence needed to rebuild their lives and to restore hope.”
Just a few years ago, Bethlehem Haven merged with Miryam´s, adding 30 transitional housing spaces and expanding the total number of beds to 96. The merger also added a day program shelter to our continuum of care, providing more of the resources needed to help these women return to a fulfilling and productive life.
In the words of one resident, “We didn’t choose to be homeless. No one chooses that kind of life. But without Bethlehem Haven, I really don’t know where I would have gone.”
For the last 30 years, Bethlehem Haven has provided nearly 11,000 nights of shelter, every night, and the need continues to grow. Each year, the Haven provides nearly 60,000 meals; sees around 600 men and women in the health and wellness clinic; fills countless physical and emotional needs for our residents and day program attendees; and provides employment training for more than 100 men and women in the community.
Today, Bethlehem Haven is better equipped than ever to benefit homeless women living in the area as well as the greater Pittsburgh community by providing long-term solutions to help end the cycle of homelessness.
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While Bethlehem Haven still relies heavily on public subsidies, we have diversified our funding streams in order to be more sustainable. The organization has found unique ways to earn its own unrestricted income through rental properties and the operation of two high-end consignment boutiques, called Ambiance. Today, nearly a quarter of Bethlehem Haven´s annual income is earned. Other sources of income include foundation, corporate and individual donations.
Bethlehem Haven is currently hiring a Service Coordinator for our Transitional and CMI clients. The Transitional Housing/CMI Service Coordinator provides supportive counseling, case management, coordination with potential outside referral resources and follow-up contacts for the women at 1410 Fifth Avenue. This is a full-time position.
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Human Resources Specialist
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Bethlehem Haven is a non-profit organization that provides emergency and transitional housing for women that are homeless, chemically dependent and who have mental health issues. This position ranges from 8-36 hours per week, depending on need. Job duties include:• Perform all intake procedures for new residents including appropriate paperwork, orientation to policies, procedures and the physical layout of the residential facilities.• Perform accurate and timely data entry work for all intakes and exits• Track and retrieve belongings of the residents’ leaving the program or those returning after suspension.• Perform urine tests and searches as assigned by the management• Provide supportive listening and guidance to residents as needed.• Announce medication time and observe the residents taking their medication.Successful applicants will have:• Associate’s degree in a human service field or prior experience in a human services field. A combination of education and experience may be considered per approval by the Program Director.• Good data entry skills.• Able to obtain criminal record clearance.• Support the organization’s mission along with sensitivity of cultural and workplace harmonyBethlehem Haven is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace.
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Human Resources Specialist
The administrative offices of Bethlehem Haven are located on the 3rd floor rear of the Miryam’s building at 1410 Fifth Avenue. Metered parking is available on the street in the direct vicinity of the building along with some private parking lots in the area.
Take Forbes Avenue towards Oakland; go past the entrance to the Liberty Bridge and Duquesne University, turn left on Pride Street, and turn left on Fifth Avenue.
Proceed southwest down Fifth Avenue to just beyond Pride Street. Bus: If you travel by bus, you can take any that go up Forbes Avenue or down Fifth Avenue including the 61A, B, or C or the 71A, C, or D. Get off at the Pride Street stop. You can also take a 67A or F from Oakland, an 81A, B, or C from the Hill District or a 500 bus.
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Protecting the privacy of visitors to Bethlehemhaven.org is very important to Bethlehem Haven. We have taken the steps necessary to safeguard the privacy, security, and confidentiality of your personal information. No one from Bethlehem Haven will request confidential information from you via e-mail solicitation or telephone. Any such requests should be reported immediately to Bethlehem Haven.
Our Privacy/Disclosure Statement includes:
1. Collection of information via your Web site visit When you visit our website, our system automatically collects and stores information about your visit. This information is used to help us evaluate the effectiveness of our website by enabling us to determine the number of times a specific page is visited, along with other similar information. Some examples of the information we collect are:
Bethlehem Haven does not collect identifiable information on visitors unless it is voluntarily provided. For example, when you submit a contact form, we consider that to be your consent for us to use the information provided to process your request. The identifiable information you leave, such as your name, address, and email address may be used by Bethlehem Haven to provide additional information to you about our services.
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Mail:Bethlehem Haven905 Watson StreetPittsburgh, PA 15219