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Volunteer Highlight: Ms. Bertha


The Bethlehem Center is where I spent most of my time doing co-op hours. These hours helped me meet professional office status for my degree. I didn’t know that there was such a loving and impactful group of individuals that care for the community close to where I live! The people working at the Beth inspire me to give back to my community as well. 


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Coming to the Bethlehem Center was not something that I had planned originally. I was looking for a place to volunteer and God placed me in the perfect setting. I wanted to volunteer at a place that helps uplift the children and families in my community and that’s exactly what the Beth does!

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I worked at the Beth nearly every morning with my preceptor. We focused on a project called Faith & Finances which will help people in the community improve their relationship with God, money, and others. I also answered phone calls and greeted residents looking for services. On occasion, I visited these residents and helped them get rides to the grocery store, taught them how to crochet, and assisted with educational and gardening needs. 

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There are so many different ways to help uplift the community and the Beth does it all! This center is filled with some of the most amazing people. I was able to find people that I relate to. Everyone is filled with life and has such positive attitudes. The Bethlehem Center is a huge blessing to the city of Chattanooga and volunteering there was the best experience ever!


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Yoga in Miller Park

September 30th, 2019
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Yoga in Miller Park

The Read to Lead Academy is now taking students to Yoga in Miller Park once a month thanks to the planning, recruitment of sponsors, and implementation of Haley Doss of River City Company! This new initiative was designed for students to get out of their comfort zones by participating in fun excursions throughout the school year and not just during the summer. These monthly trips also include the aquarium, zoo, and the Discovery Museum.

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Showing up for yoga on a rainy Saturday, the children didn’t know what to expect. Some unimpressed, others curious, they all walked slowly towards the yoga circle set up by Johnny and Tammy from Young Yogalettes. After being told to take off their shoes, they sat impatiently on their mats, awaiting more instructions. What started as breathing exercises soon became extensive stretches, forward and backward lunges, and wobbling every which way. As children often do, they quickly became comfortable with the stretching and attempted each unfamiliar move with enthusiasm and vigor.

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As the yoga session came to an end, the children laid on their backs and listened to a story about the time Harry Houdini had been challenged to break out of a prison cell. He attempted to break out with a hidden piece of steel, but cheating was not enough to accomplish his goal of escaping. After hours of mental and physical exhaustion, he pushed on the cell door...and it crept slowly open.  As it turned out, the cheating had been unnecessary in the first place.

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The story was a perfect conclusion to our time, ending with the children eagerly raising their hands and discussing why cheating is bad. Overall, the excursion was a success, and the Read to Lead  Academy cannot wait to take more students to the next Yoga in Miller Park!

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 Evan Roan

Evan is a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga with a bachelor's degree in Social Work. He is currently the Education and Marketing Specialist at the Bethlehem Center. 

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A Small Act of Kindness

August 29th, 2019
 
 
 
 
 

A Small Act of Kindness

The Bethlehem Center is incredibly thankful to our supporters who give their time and resources to help youth and adults in South Chattanooga. During this summer alone, we’ve seen individuals young and old make an impact in their community by serving others selflessly.


Ms. Leslie, one of our devoted volunteers, recently shared a heartwarming moment about her friend’s daughters, Mary Margaret, Molly, and Charlee. The girls heard how much Ms. Leslie loves working with our 1st graders in the Read to Lead Academy by helping them read, learn math, and even teaching them how special and worthy they are of love. 

 
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She also shared that some of our first graders come from hard backgrounds and how the Beth is a place where they can feel safe, loved, and important. The girls were sad to hear how girls not much younger than them have been through so much. They immediately wanted to help and had the perfect idea: to start a lemonade stand!  In just a few days the girls had their stand up and running, selling delicious lemonade to all their neighbors. Ms. Leslie was thrilled to report that the girls raised $15 dollars and wanted to donate it to the Read to Lead Academy. Their donation will help buy classroom toys!

These sweet girls are a great reminder that it doesn't take much to make an impact in your community and that just a little bit of kindness can go a long way.




 
 

 Shari J Watson

Shari is a UTC graduate with a background in music and writing. She is currently the Marketing Manager at the Bethlehem Center. She enjoys being in nature, laughing with friends, eating Chinese food, and traveling as much as she can.

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