A Community That Gives Back
I’m Gloria Dubose, Director of Community Outreach for the Bethlehem Center. I love my job because of the community we serve! My goal is to empower the adults in our community to give back to the Beth, their families, South Chattanooga, and beyond. I have seen the residents start to give more and more.
One example is Ms. Pat. She started coming to Bingo at the Beth about a year ago. During that time, she connected us to a man named Barney May, who now offers culinary and food-based classes at the Bethlehem Center once a month. She also started taking care of our garden beds through Mr. May’s program. Before Ms. Pat, we had a hard time keeping a garden because none of the Beth staff had a green thumb. Now that Ms. Pat is here, our garden is growing! She’s pulled in other community members to help take care of it, and the produce is slowly being shared throughout the community.
Two other ladies who I’ve watched give back are Ms. Lillie and Ms. Donna. Ms. Lillie helps make sure that participants fill out sign-in sheets before each meeting, and Ms. Donna gives me suggestions for services and topics that could benefit the seniors in our community. These are just a few examples. All of the women that come to community connection are dedicated and make the program what it is.
The Beth’s mission is to empower children and families to lead responsible lives by providing discipleship, education, and leadership development. Through my work with the Community Connection initiatives, I have seen first hand what happens when residents are empowered. They give back and they make our load lighter at the Beth. They come up with great ideas that serve the larger community, and quite frankly, they bring us joy when they walk in the building.
I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve the community. I pray that Community Connection will inspire others to walk through our doors, hope, grow, and be empowered to give back to even more residents.
Gloria is the Community Outreach Director at the Bethlehem Center. She started at the Beth as an unpaid intern and she's been here ever since! She's a proud Moc (UTC alumni) and is passionate about learning everything Latin (including Spanish).
To connect with Gloria email g[email protected]