BETHANY HOUSE OF NASSAU COUNTY CORPORATION

The average person spends 365 hours per month at home. IMAGINE what it's like not to have one..

aka Bethany House   |   Roosevelt, NY   |  www.bhny.org

Mission

Bethany House exists to strengthen and assist those women and children from Long Island who are deprived of the basic resources required for natural and healthy growth and development. Bethany House seeks to provide a homelike atmosphere where basic living needs are met and comprehensive services combine to encourage encourage the individual or family to attain self - sufficiency for the family and restore their human dignity. Bethany House is committed to work to assure and protect the dignity and individual worth of each person particularly that of the women and children who have been deprived of the basic right to shelter.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Douglas O'Dell

Main address

102 Whitehouse Ave www.bhny.org

Roosevelt, NY 11575 USA

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EIN

11-2848726

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adopt-A-Family for Christmas

Each year, in collaboration with donors, churches and civic groups, Bethany coordinates a Christmas Program wherein our women and children are provided gifts, clothing, food and other surprises for the holiday.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Children and youth

Haven is the Molloy College/Bethany House Coalition for the Homeless. Founded in 1994, Haven sponsored an all day college-wide series of workshops on homelessness entitled "Living on the Edge: Hungry and Homeless on Long Island" in Spring of 1995. In October of 1996, Haven orchestrated a highly successful event called BOXTOWN at which over eighty students "spent a night out" in a cardboard box in solidarity with the homeless. This event was not only a consciousness - raising effort but also a fund raising activity, and netted over $9,000 to assist with Bethany House's newest program Rest Stop.

BOXTOWN II was held in October of 1997 with over 150 students, faculty and staff members participating to raise over $ 15,000. BOXTOWN continued the tradition annually through 2002. In 2003, Bethany House added a new program, BOXTOWN Comes to Bethany, wherein participants spend an evening at one of Bethany's residences to understand firsthand the struggles of the homeless families we serve.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

For forty years, Bethany House has been evolving as a program that moves homeless women, and women with children, in Nassau County from uncertainty to permanent housing. Over the past year, we have advanced our mission beyond the provision of shelter in an emergency to a level that aims to interrupt and break the cycle of homelessness, two generations at a time. To address identified needs, we are building out our programs and services through a Three Step Approach to take homeless families through transition to stability, matching Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Step I of Safe Ground is the continued provision of emergency shelter and case management. Step II is Transitional Services - enhanced employment training opportunities, developmental support for children, and housing outside the shelter system, to allow for more time to achieve sustainable career growth and employment opportunities. Step III is moving to permanent housing with supports in place to ensure stability.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Women and girls

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Women, and women with children, are referred to Bethany House by the Nassau County Department of Social Services, who has deemed them to be homeless. Some characteristics of those we serve: • Average age of women: 41 • Average length of stay: 11 months • 91% are Black or Hispanic • 62.5% have a GED or high school diploma, 6% have a college degree; 12% enrolled in college currently • Of the children in our care, 37.5% are under 5 and another 37.5% are in elementary school • 25% are working full-time or part-time • 12.5% have a chronic disability and another 12.5% have documented psychiatric issues • Almost 20% have a history of domestic abuse • 56% of the women with us have had at least three spells of homelessness • All are low-income

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email, online feedback (FB, Google),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We implemented a quality improvement process for the review of concerns. We updated data collection system by adding scannable QR codes for submission of complaints/comments, in addition to the existing paper method.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Clients have more open access to the leadership.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, We may miss the opportunity for feedback from those with short stays or abrupt departures.,

Financials

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BETHANY HOUSE OF NASSAU COUNTY CORPORATION

Board of directors
as of 4/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John Galante

Year Up NY/NJ

Term: 2019 - 2022

Lancelot Theobald

Hip Hop Fusion Dance Co.

Maryanne Pedersen, Esq.

NYC & Nassau County Bar Assns.

Lisa King

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Bonnie Ryan-Arrante

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Jeanne Byrd Adams

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Ellen Furuya

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Kia Moore

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Christine Vetrano

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Angela Zimmerman

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DawnMarie Goins

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Zangari Michelle

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/27/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European

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