press photos by douglas gravesDianne V. Elliott, the executive director of New Bethany Ministries, opened the ceremonies at the Souper Day 2018 fundraiser luncheon Oct. 16 at Blue in Bethlehem Township. She described some of the non-profit’s projects; she also announced her planned retirement at the end of December after almost nine years as executive director. Her staff credited Elliot with
Joanne Anderson and New Bethany Ministries Controller Tina Sargent greeted guests and ran the registration desk at the New Bethany Ministries Souper Day 2018 Oct. 16 at The Event Center at Blue in Bethlehem Township.
Pamela Lewis, the Partnership Manager teams with Veronne Demoesyeux, the operations manager. Both are on the staff at New Bethany Ministries and yes, they are tall.
Director Real Estate Lending Toni Price and Vice President of Business Services Steve Mertz, both with sponsor First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, were guests at the New Bethany Ministries Souper Day 2018.
0571 Amy Morgan of Allentown and Dicia Danise of Northampton—both with Aesculap, a medical device company who help sponsor Souper Day 2018, were guests at New Bethany Ministries’ Souper Day.
Bethlehem City Councilwoman Olga Negrón attends, representing HGSK Law Offices, one of the sponsors of the event. Negrón said she was a recipient of New Bethany Ministries help when she first came to the Lehigh Valley.
0574 Susan Deleo of Melhor Realty and Lisa Pektor of Penn Cap Properties were guests at the Souper Day event.
Keynote speaker PBS 39 CEO Timothy S. Fallon said PBS 39 is planning a program to increase literacy in 17 area school districts by 2025. “We want see the literacy rate for third graders to be at 100 percent.”
Emma Reynolds and Tiffany Wilten of Berkshire Hathaway, Ali Myers of Myer’s Financial Service, and Colleen Gilbert of Victaulic came as four friends supporting New Bethany Ministries. “The Souper Day event today was truly inspiring,” Wilten said. “New Bethany Ministries in Bethlehem not only offers a place for warm food and daily comforts but it also strives to provide its clients with support and
Victaulic’s Colleen Gilbert and Ali Myers of Myer’s Financial Service take their turn at the soup and salad table. Victaulic, a sponsor of the Souper Day 2018, is an Easton-based developer and producer of mechanical pipe joining systems.
0582 Pat Hand Lovic and Steve Balshi, driver for New Bethany Ministries, at the soup tureen.
0584 Big Joe Henry, on the left, sings an original song, “Dreams.” He was accompanied by New Bethany Ministries Board of Directors President Roland Kushner.
Big Joe Henry entertained the packed ball-room with some country music songs by Hank Williams.
New Bethany Souper Day
by Dianne Elliot
Choice Food Pantry
We are opening our new choice food pantry at 308 Shawnee St. in Bethlehem at the end of the month. It is around the corner in the alley behind the detached four-bedroom home we just completed renovating. A family moved in last month. The new pantry is a welcoming, bright and cheerful place where people will feel that they matter. Visitors to the pantry will no longer have to stand in line, as we are able to provide comfortable seating while they wait for volunteers to fill their orders. Those with vehicles will no longer have to park on a busy street. The new pantry is on an alley that carries virtually no traffic. A ramp will allow them to back right up to a man door where their cars can be loaded safely. The facility is ADA-compliant.
With the assistance of a nutrition specialist we will develop healthy recipes made with the food provided in the pantry. Cooking classes will also be available. The new pantry also is allowing us to increase our refrigeration and we will be able to store more fresh produce and meats. The goal is to provide fresh nutritional food to as many food insecure households as possible in the hope of improving their health. Right now we are an emergency food pantry providing three day’s worth of food for each member of the family every thirty days who live in the 18015 zip code. The baskets are prepared in advance. Once we are fully operational at the new location, it will be open to the entire Lehigh Valley up to weekly depending upon inventory. We will have computer tablets that show pictures of our inventory so people can select the foods they want and neither literacy nor language will be an issue. We are open Monday-Friday.
Center for Community Partnership
The center will be a warm, inviting space where learning and improved health will “provide opportunities for a secure future.” This addition to our programming will provide educational and cooking classes, nutrition, mental health, and drug and alcohol counseling, financial literacy, writing workshops and help with resumes, after school classes, yoga and anything else we can imagine, and for which we have volunteers. We have secured the funds for computers for job searches, a white board, overhead projector, movable desks and bookshelves and renovations to the room. Our goal is to help the most vulnerable in our population who are unable to access these services either because of cost or location/distance to gain self-confidence, dignity and hope by providing the tools they need to succeed.