About Bethesda House
Bethesda House is located on the South Shore of Massachusetts and we are here to provide you and your baby a safe and nurturing temporary home. Our newly renovated home has eight single bedrooms, a classroom, playroom, large living area and kitchen. Shopping and community access are within walking distance giving you the independence you need in your daily life.
At Bethesda House, we offer you several OPTIONS! Depending on your personal needs and goals, you can choose from three tracks: The Bridge Track, The Work Track, or the Education Track, so you can be as successful as you want to be!
All three tracks build off of our core program, then you can decide how long you wish to stay and how much you wish to access at Bethesda House.
OUR CORE PROGRAM
Every woman at Bethesda House participates in our CORE program. All residents in our program receive:
- Life coaching: budgeting, nutrition, cooking and many other areas.
- Bright Courses: childbirth and parenting classes.
- Assistance applying for benefits
- Assistance applying for housing
- Work experience at our our resale Boutique in Kingston, MA in exchange for shopping credits for maternity and baby clothing and gear sold in our store
- Life skills
THE BRIDGE TRACK
Length of Stay: Typically 6-9 Weeks
This track is designed for moms who are looking for a short-term stay that is designed for getting back on your feet. The primary goal in this program is to regroup and reset, giving you the time you need to think about your next steps and make plans that work for you. While here, you access our core program and can then choose to “bridge” to other options outside of Bethesda House or you can still chose to transfer into one of our longer term tracks to further reach your goals.
THE WORK TRACK
Length of Stay: Typically 6 Months – 1 Year
The primary goal of this track is to build financial stability. We will help you get set up with part-time employment with the goal of building toward a full-time position. We will work with you to start a nest egg and best plan for your financial future. This track still accesses the core program with modifications to fit your work schedule and needs.
THE EDUCATION TRACK
Length of Stay: Typically Up to Two Years
This track gives you full access to ALL that Bethesda House has to offer. The goal here is to obtain training that leads to a career. Training and programs will meet you where you are and help you get to where you’re going with either HiSET or high school diploma and/or post high school graduation certificate or on-the-job training. Again, this track accesses the core program with modifications to fit your schedule and needs. This track also gives you added benefits to access as you work to achieve your goals, such as saving for a car and/or rent for an apartment.
IN ALL OUR PROGRAMS and TRACKS
You don’t need to worry about the details:
- Transportation to and from school, work, doctor’s appointments etc, is provided by our team of loving volunteers.
- You have the opportunity to earn shopping credits at our resale store the Bethesda House Boutique for all of your maternity wear, baby clothing, and baby gear.
- Diapers, wipes and toiletries are all provided to you.
- Our caring support team provides babysitting as needed while also modeling parenting and life skills so you may gain added knowledge and experience to be the best mom you can be.
Inside Bethesda House
Is Bethesda House Right For You?
You and your and baby will be welcome to stay at Bethesda House for up to two years depending on the track you choose. The criteria to apply to Bethesda House:
- 18-25 years old
- Pregnant or parenting your child (child must be under 1)
- No current issues with substance abuse
If you feel that you fit this criteria, the next step is to complete the Residential Application. Once your application has been reviewed, we will contact you to set up an interview.
If you would like more information about Bethesda House before completing an application or have any questions or concerns, let’s talk!
Please know that I myself have been in your shoes. Please take a moment to read My Story. No one said it was going to be easy, but I can tell you that it’s worth it!
The love you have for your child is immense – so immense, in fact, that you may have started thinking about making one of the most difficult decisions of your life. Giving a child up for adoption can be one of the most loving decisions you can make for your child.
There are many reasons why a mother might come to this decision. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t mean you love your child any less. It means you love your child so much that you want to ensure that his or her life is full of the necessities and luxuries that you feel you cannot provide.
For women in your position, there is hope. Regardless of where you are in your pregnancy, and whatever the reason, it is never too late to choose adoption. This choice does not signal that you are weak or “giving up” in any way. In fact, many women who choose adoption are wonderful mothers; by choosing adoption, you can provide your child with loving parents, endless opportunities and a happy life — and that is what great mothers do.
Bethesda House is an option for mothers who are considering adoption. You are invited to stay at Bethesda House, where we will help you through your pregnancy and the adoption process, assisting you to play an important role in giving your child the best chance at the life you hope for him or her. Your length of stay is determined on an individual basis and will be determined during the intake process. You will get the same abundance of care as any other mother who comes to live with us.
If you are considering adoption, please contact Missy Porter, firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-361-2418 directly before completing an application.