Read to Lead Highlight:

December 13th, 2018

 Read to Lead Academy Highlight: 

 Ms. Kiesha's Story

Being employed at the Bethlehem Center has allowed me 

to have a positive impact on the children that are enrolled

 in the Read to Lead program, which is something that I 

never knew I was capable of doing.
When I found out I would be working with the younger 

kids, I was kind of nervous because I’m not a teacher and

 certainly never considered myself to be one.  I am a

 single parent of three, and I grew up/live in the same 

neighborhood as the children who attend the program so I 

didn’t even see myself as role model.

The night before the program was set to begin, I 

wondered how I would be able to connect with the

 children. I was clueless. While on YouTube, I ran across 

an inspiring video from a Gap commercial which aired in

 2017. It was a clip of a third grade teacher, who taught

 her class a mantra titled “Push Through". It was about

 how to rise above and persevere through adversity. I 

watched the video repeatedly because I wanted my three

 kids to learn it. But then something happened. I realized 

that my connection would be that I am a parent and these 

students would become my kids too.

And when you are a parent, you always have your children's 

best interest at heart. This was something that they needed to 

hear. The program began, weeks passed, and the students 

learned  the mantra.

To see and hear them recite this mantra is… amazing! At the 

end of the mantra I usually say, “Well I don’t believe you 

because I can’t hear you” but yesterday, I didn’t say it. You 

know what happened? They asked me did I believe them. I 

jokingly said no and in the loudest voice ever, they repeated 

the mantra with the cutest facial expression, determined to

 prove to me that they can “Push Through”.

Rakiesha Michelle

Kiesha is an after-school teacher for the Bethlehem Center's Read to Lead Academy. She loves teaching the first grade class which includes her daughter, Taylor. Kiesha is currently a student at UTC and is working on a Criminal Justice degree. The Beth is blessed to have a dedicated and loving teacher like Keisha on our team!

Posted by The Beth | Topic: Community

Morning Manna

October 26th, 2018

      Morning Manna is one of my favorite ways that the Bethlehem Center serves South Chattanooga children and families. The purpose of the program is to provide a safe haven where middle and high school students can wait for the bus in the morning. The program is especially unique because it allows us to take advantage of a time that most students are unsupervised or don’t have anything constructive to do. We open the gym every morning, play sports and card games with kids, do a brief devotional, and enjoy snacks with them on Fridays!

The program officially started in 2016 after a shooting happened one morning at the bus stop. We’d never imagined that anything like this could have happened but once it did, we knew that it was our responsibility to act. So, we started opening up the gym to students. We were able to get grants from CHI Memorial the first two years to help us fund two staff members, sports balls, and snacks for the program.

Since starting in 2016, Morning Manna has served more than 77 students and at least 25 of those have been high schoolers. All of them have had the opportunity to be exposed to the gospel and have been mentored by our staff who genuinely care about their well being. We have seen students go on to work at the Bethlehem Center and the Chattanooga Zoo. Some have grown in their self-control and others have learned to open up more to others.

Are you ready to be a part of a program that brings light and fun to the morning times? Great! We need $4,500 to provide students in our area with a warm, fun, and safe place to wait for the bus for the entire school year. Will you help us provide this safe haven?

Go to, or give cash or check to the Bethlehem Center 200 W 38th St.

Any amount helps!

 Gloria Dubose

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 [email protected]

Posted by The Beth | Topic: Community

A Community That Gives Back

September 25th, 2018

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 Dubose

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 [email protected]

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Happy New Year!

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