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Bethany House

Safety * Empowerment * Hope

aka Bethany House   |   Toledo, OH   |  www.bethanyhousetoledo.org

Mission

The mission of Bethany House is to empower survivors of domestic violence and their children by providing long-term transitional shelter and advocacy to maximize safety, ensure access to resources, and restore hope with dignity and respect.

Ruling year info

1946

Executive Director

Deidra Lashley

Main address

PO Box 5930

Toledo, OH 43613 USA

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EIN

34-1612437

NTEE code info

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Leaving an abusive relationship is very dangerous for victims. In fact a woman is 70x more likely to be murdered within the first year of leaving her abuser than any other time in the relationship. Year after year safe shelter and housing is an unmet need that survivors in Ohio identify. Bethany House works to meet that need by providing safe long-term transitional shelter and advocacy services to survivors and their children who are escaping abuse in their homes.

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?

Transitional Shelter & Advocacy for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is the 3rd leading cause of homelessness among families. The mission of Bethany House is to recognize and respond to the ever-changing needs of domestic violence victims and their children. While there are a few temporary, dorm-style domestic violence shelters in the region, Bethany House is the only long-term apartment-style housing solution available.
In addition to safe, stable housing, Bethany House provides emotional support and financial resources, and gives survivors the time needed to rebuild their lives. On average, a survivor is with us for 14 months, but many stay more than a year due to safety risks and barriers to housing.
We serve all victims of domestic violence, regardless of gender or orientation, and all Bethany House services are provided free of charge.
Bethany House is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio, and a member of Sylvania Franciscan Ministries and Northwest Ohio Community Shares.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Homeless people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

By providing safe long-term shelter and support services, Bethany House gives survivors the time and space to beginning healing - physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially put the pieces back together.

Bethany House provides a one to two year stay in our facility, free of charge, to survivors and their children. Our shelter is an apartment style model giving each family their own bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, and living room. We can serve any victim of domestic violence and our physical space provides the accessibility, privacy, and dignity needed. Our team of advocates provide opportunities and resources that empower survivors in reaching their goals, with an emphasis on safety planning and building a strong support system.

Bethany House has been serving Northwest Ohio for nearly 40 years, providing long-term shelter and advocacy to our community's most vulnerable and at highest risk survivors of domestic violence. We provide these services free of charge including the essential needs of essential items, cleaning products, transportation; recreational opportunities; service coordination, crisis intervention, supportive counseling; and learning opportunities like financial literacy, parenting, healthy relationships, goal setting, etc.

Ultimately our priority is safety for survivors and their children as they flee very dangerous situations. Year after year, survivors report that they felt safer since coming to Bethany House. Additionally survivors say they know more about resources that will help them, felt kindness and respect was shown to them, and had hope for their future since coming to Bethany House. Our services and resources help survivors learn to believe in themselves, accomplish important goals and set a course for a successful future. Bethany House not only offers safe refuge for victims and their children, we provide significant benefits and savings to our community: every $1 invested in Bethany House saves our community more than $65 in social costs for police enforcement, lost work productivity, the legal system response, and mental health services.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Bethany House

Board of directors
as of 02/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ashley Reichlin

Brad Rieger

Gretchen Zientek

Deidra Lashley

Executive Director

Brad Grosteffon

David Kreienkamp

Jennifer Erickson

Ashley Reichlin

Brandi Doniere

George Kral

Esperanza Green

Valentina Jindal

Sr. Valerie Grondin

Liaison to Sylvania Franciscan Ministries

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