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Dorothy’s Story

Dorothy isn’t your typical story of homelessness. She had a full-time job, financially supported her family, and was stably housed. After the passing of one of her children, her world was turned upside down and triggered a severe mental breakdown.

Overcome with depression, she began missing work, began falling behind on her bills, and soon lost her housing.

One day at a local community center, a volunteer gave Dorothy Bethlehem Haven’s number to call. Once at the Haven, her case manager referred her to the on-site Health and Wellness Clinic. She then received one-on-one counseling to address her mental health. Once her health was stabilized, she was empowered to find housing.

“I’m blessed to be here now in this apartment. My housing is my peace.”

To continue to support women like Dorothy, please make your year-end gift today.

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Jennifer’s Story

For people living with a mental illness, the road to recovery requires certain anchors of stability, and one essential anchor is stable housing. Nationwide, thousands of people with a severe mental illness end up living on the streets every day.

Women like Jennifer, who has lived with severe depression since she was a teen.

She described her life before Bethlehem Haven as a game of Tetris. Every day she felt completely overwhelmed, scrambling to make things fit, but the pieces kept falling faster and faster until she was completely exhausted. Every dish in the sink, every phone call, every sunrise. She could never catch up.

Jennifer just wanted to disappear, dull the pain, and make it stop.

“I was living day-to-day.”

Homelessness is often triggered by a crisis in a person’s life. People who do not have familial or communal support more often experience a downward spiral in their lives. A large majority of the women served by Bethlehem Haven have some type of mental illness and have been affected by trauma. During Jennifer’s stay, she saw a Licensed Therapist regularly to work through her anxiety, depression and PTSD.

“I felt completely restored, knowing that someone cared for me. Bethlehem Haven’s compassionate staff saved my life.”

To continue to support women like Jennifer, please make your year-end gift today.

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Ladelle’s Story

Ladelle is a mother and an addict. She came to Bethlehem Haven after she was released from Allegheny County jail.

“I had nowhere to go. As much as I pleaded with my family and friends no one would take me in.”

Word of mouth amongst her fellow inmates referred her to Bethlehem Haven upon her release. A bed was reserved for her so she wouldn’t be out on the streets that night.

Hundreds of people leaving jails or prisons in Allegheny County have significant challenges finding safe and affordable housing. As a result, many wind up homeless.

Bethlehem Haven recognizes that everyone deserves housing in our community regardless of their addictions, mental health, disability or criminal history. Women like Ladelle, are welcomed with hospitality and empowered to rebuild their lives.

Within 60 days of her stay, Ladelle attended counseling with the Haven’s Drug & Alcohol team to address her struggle with addiction, received custody advice through the Uptown Legal Clinic to begin the reunification process with her daughter, and found stable housing.

Every day Bethlehem Haven receives phone calls from women just like Ladelle. Finding and securing affordable housing for women who have many barriers such as criminal histories, addictions, and past evictions, is especially difficult.

“My case managers never gave up on me. They fought harder for me than anyone ever has.”

To continue to support women like Ladelle, please make your year-end gift today.

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Robin’s Story

Robin came to the doors of Bethlehem Haven’s Emergency Shelter after being medically diagnosed as blind. In the months prior, Robin was living in unhealthy conditions, missing work, and lost connections with her community. She was scared, vulnerable, and losing hope.

Within a week of her stay, it became very apparent to her case managers that she needed more intensive care and she was not ready to return into the community just yet.

“I never thought I would have to re-teach myself how to live independently again.”

Robin was moved into the Haven’s Medical Respite program, she was provided a safe environment to rest, while accessing medical care and other supportive services.

Soon, Robin was feeling like herself again. She was smiling and confident. Bethlehem Haven created a home-like setting, gave her a sense of community, and empowered her to take charge of her health.

“I wouldn’t be here today without the care I received at Bethlehem Haven.”

To continue to support women like Robin, please make your year-end gift today.

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“Two women on the path to recovery”

Jennifer and Ladelle were placed as roommates in Bethlehem Haven’s Emergency Shelter for the last 3-months. Jennifer, first time homeless suffers from depression. Ladelle, is chronically homeless with a history of drug and alcohol abuse. Two women, once both in crisis are now successfully recovering thanks to the many resources provided by Bethlehem Haven. 
 
Your gift today will ensure Jennifer and Ladelle get the treatment they need in our Health and Wellness Center. 

Your gift makes a real impact in the lives of so many women.

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Widowed, In Debt and Depressed

Robin came to the doors of Bethlehem Haven’s Emergency Shelter after being medically diagnosed as blind. In the months prior, Robin was living in unhealthy conditions, missing work, and lost connections with her community. She was scared, vulnerable, and losing hope.

Within a week of her stay, it became very apparent to her case managers that she needed more intensive care and she was not ready to return into the community just yet.

“I never thought I would have to re-teach myself how to live independently again.”

Robin was moved into the Haven’s Medical Respite program, she was provided a safe environment to rest, while accessing medical care and other supportive services.

Soon, Robin was feeling like herself again. She was smiling and confident. Bethlehem Haven created a home-like setting, gave her a sense of community, and empowered her to take charge of her health.

“I wouldn’t be here today without the care I received at Bethlehem Haven.”

To continue to support women like Robin, please make your year-end gift today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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