United Methodist Neighborhood Centers, Inc.

aka The Bethlehem Center   |   Chattanooga, TN 37410, TN   |  www.thebeth.org


“Inspired by the Gospel, we build lasting relationships with Chattanooga’s youth and families by encouraging spiritual growth, education and leadership development". The Bethlehem Center works with children and families through the following programs: the Read to Lead (RTL) afterschool program and the summer Jump STArt Camp (6 - 14 years of age), the Bethlehem Leadership Unit (BLU) serving ages 14 - 19 years of age, and Community Connection (CC), serving primarily 18 - 65+ year olds. Our goal is to empower individuals to be the change in themselves, their families, communities, and the city through a relationship with Jesus, education, and leadership development. To learn more or get involved call (423) 266-1384 or visit www.thebeth.org.

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Executive Director

Mr. Reginald Floyd Smith II

Main address


Chattanooga, TN 37410, TN 37410 USA

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Formerly known as

Good Shepherd Fold



NTEE code info

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

Neighborhood Center, Settlement House (P28)

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Our programs

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

Read to Lead Academy

is our flagship program serving an average of 62 students afterschool from September to May and 120 students during the summer months. This program provides a safe haven where students grow academically and socially through learning expeditions, mentoring, discipleship, art and more.
Community partners include Bridge City Community Church, the Maclellan Foundation, the Weldon Osborne Foundation, and UTC Department of Social Work.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Community Connection is an outreach program designed to support adults and families through our Partnership Food Pantry, Community Connection Coach, monthly adult activities, and family-friendly events.
Program partners include the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga (CFGC), the Partnerhsip for Families, Children and Adults Building Stable Lives program (BSL), and EPB.

Population(s) Served

The Bethlehem Leadership Unit (B.L.U.) is our leadership development program established to help 9th – 12 graders become students who take responsibility for the world around them through servant leadership.
This year’s servant leadership opportunities include a trip to Chicago, Il. to attend the Bridge Builders program through Sunshine Gospel ministries.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

100% of students will read at or above grade level.
100% of students will be at or above grade level
100% of students will have a GPA of 2.5 or above.
100% of students will increase their knowledge of the Bible.

We are giving the students at the Beth the opportunity to utilize the best academic and technological resources available to increase their opportunities in life. With our focus on growing the students’ technological skills we are not abandoning the proven teaching methods we have always used. We continue developing oral language and listening skills with the students in a classroom setting. We insist that students demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts of print, develop and maintain phonemic awareness, develop and use decoding strategies, read books to develop fluency, expression, accuracy, and confidence, as well as develop and extend vocabulary.

Every student's reading skill levels are assessed three times a year, at the beginning of the first and second semesters, and again at the end of the academic year. The process we use to evaluate, monitor, and track progress is the McCall-Crabbs Standard Test Lessons in reading and the Lexia Reading Program. The coordinator of education programs works with each head academic coach to determine what reading skills should be worked on with each student and what materials should be used.

Our math program promotes student success through the sound, proven educational practices of incremental development and continual review. Our new Xtramath computer program allows teachers to see which concepts students are mastering and which areas need instruction. Cumulative daily practice strengthens students’ grasp of concepts and improves their long-term retention of concepts.

The Beth collaborates with On Point youth development, Hamilton County Schools, Student Venture, HOPE Job Training Ministry, LAUNCH Business Development, The World Needs A Father, Howard School, Brainerd High School, Tyner High School, the Healthy Kids Health Communities Program of the Health Department, Chattanooga Food Bank, Allied Arts, The United Way of Greater Chattanooga, many churches throughout the region, and the South Chattanooga Recreation Center to better benefit the children of the Beth.

We have 5 classrooms with a total of 25 computers and a mobile computer lab with 28 laptop computers. We have Lexia online Reading software and K9 web protection that keeps our students safe from inappropriate or dangerous websites. Students have access to publishing equipment and software. Students also have access programs that allow them to creative video, photo and recording art. Our photography studio has 15 Nikon D-3100 DSLR cameras, several backdrops, lighting options, photo printer, and four laptops for students.

We have a beautiful gymnasium with basketball hoops and a scoreboard. The Beth has a brand new sound system and well-equipped stage with multiple lighting options. We have a teaching garden with six raised bed gardens. The Beth has a registered kitchen and Bistro for teaching children etiquette and holding community events. The Bethlehem Center has a brand new playground and large field for recreation activities. We have three vans to transport children to the center, on field trips and on vision college tours.

The Bethlehem ReSource Center Thrift Store located off site of the Bethlehem Center provides low-cost, high-quality clothing and home goods to the community and the funds raised from donated items go directly to support programming at the Beth.

Arts education is also very important at the Beth, during the summer of 2013, students took African drumming classes, dance classes, photography, public speaking, gardening, music classes, visual arts and basic crafting classes. We believe that children need healthy outlets for communicating and that the arts give them safe ways to express themselves.

The programming at the Bethlehem Center is an effective mode of gang prevention. Keeping students invested in education and off the streets gives them the extra support and belonging that all youth need for healthy development.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

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

    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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,


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United Methodist Neighborhood Centers, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Lindsey Gallaher

Christ United Methodist Church

Term: 2020 - 2023

Claire Overmyer

Buddy Presley

Presley & Simonds, Attorney

Becky Hall

Laura Grody

Retired Nurse

Janet radden


susan Maclellan

Darrell Wyke

Kim Lloyd

Tabi Upton

Paul Mench

Rev. Drew McCallie

Dr. Angelnetta McGee Ulmer

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 10/26/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

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No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/26/2022

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  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.