Founded in 1999 as a ministry of Nativity, the Bethlehem Inn has grown to become Central Oregon’s largest emergency homeless shelter. The Bethlehem Inn serves families, single adults, the elderly, veterans, and pregnant women. Ages at the Inn range from newborn to eighty-two.
Originally housed on a rotating basis by volunteer churches, the Bethlehem Inn now has its own location. With 72 beds, 8 apartments, a laundry room, a dining hall, a health and wellness center, case management, a internet wired classroom, drug testing, and transportation, the Bethlehem Inn offers people in crisis the opportunity to break the cycle of homelessness.
Homelessness is no longer a seasonal issue. On any given night there are more than 1,300 homeless people in Central Oregon, with 44% under the age of eighteen. The need for emergency housing is daunting as Central Oregon grows from a sleepy town to a thriving metropolis. The Inn anticipates providing over 26,280 bed nights and serving more than 78,480 meals this year.
There are many ways to serve at the Bethlehem Inn. If you would like to help coordinate, prepare, serve meals or help with operational support please contact firstname.lastname@example.org