Bethel House Ministry
“Bethel House” is a ministry of Bethel Church providing safe, supportive, transitional housing for men recovering from alcohol or drug addiction. Please note, however, that the program is currently open only to men having successfully completed an 8 – 12 week treatment program at the Salvation Army Harbour Light Centre in Kingston, Ontario or other related approved programs.
When leaving a treatment or recovery program, many people require an additional stabilizing step in their recovery process before fully transitioning back into the community. This is normally a period of 8 – 12 months long. Unfortunately even those who have successfully completed a recovery program are often forced back into old lifestyle patterns because of a lack of safe, affordable, transitional housing. This ministry has grown out of the desperate need for safe transitional housing in our community documented in numerous poverty, healthcare and social service studies over the last few years.
During the summer of 2006 and 2007, both of our properties were renovated as the congregation supported a decision to move from student housing to a more ministry-focused need in our community. Many people from Bethel Church, the greater community and the staff at Salvation Army Harbour Light assisted in this major undertaking and continue to support this ministry today through prayer, practical donations such as bedding, clothing for our men, televisions, furniture, food and financial gifts from time to time. These gifts are sometimes used for tutoring, special purchases relevant to our residents’ needs and operational matters related to the ongoing successful running and maintenance of the houses.
It has been a blessing for our church to assist and support many of our residents as they move forward with their lives; re-build relationships with family members; return to work or school and mature in their faith. With up to twelve men living in our houses at any given time, this ministry has seen approximately sixty men pass through our doors in the last three years, the majority of whom have successfully transitioned back to independent living in the Kingston community or elsewhere.
This ministry would not be possible without the ongoing prayer and financial support of our community and church. There are many people, organizations and volunteers who contribute to the success of this ministry and we are grateful for the support of so many.
If you would be interested in volunteering in this ministry, please contact the Director, Lisa Porter, at bethelhouse[at]bethelkingston.com, or you can contact Steve Cousineau, the House Manager by phone at 613-876-3762.