The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, the Rider-Pool Foundation and Penn State Lehigh Valley came together to offer community members a session on collective impact Jan. 18. The session, which was part of a larger three-day event, educated attendees about practices that can help address societal issues.
The Ice House was alive with artistic expression during Northeast Middle School’s (NEMS) Rally 4 Peace Jan. 15. NEMS students and alumni came together to present a program centered on injustices in the world and pathways to peace.
When Liberty HS social studies teacher Adam Reitz noticed how many different types of students walked Liberty’s halls, he knew he wanted to find a way to highlight this diversity. Inspired by the Humans of New York Instagram account that features interviews collected on the streets of New York, he decided to create his own: Humans of Liberty High School.
“Once upon a time, there was a story that wanted to be told. This story was new, this story was old. This story was alive, this story was true, this story was about me, this story was about you.”
Such began the talk given by award-winning author Crescent Dragonwagon in the Bob Cohen Room of the Bethlehem Area Public Library Dec. 12. The talk, whose title matched its opening line, focused on the power of literature and storytelling.
The parking lot at More Miles Automotive on Stefko Boulevard in Bethlehem was alive with Christmas spirit Dec. 16 during the annual Christmas Tree Toss for Charity. Holiday music played in the background as participants competed to see who could throw the tree the furthest, all while raising money for Turning Point, a place that offers safety and services to victims of domestic abuse.
The Bethlehem Historic District Association (BHDA) Holiday House Tour 2017 offers tour participants a unique opportunity to celebrate the holiday season while becoming better acquainted with Bethlehem’s history. The Dec. 9 tour will explore nine homes in Bethlehem’s Historic District, enlightening visitors with historically-appropriate decorations and information about each home’s specific history.
“It’s sad to see that the program is shutting down. It’s sad to see that there will no longer be help for people who are stuck in a situation like me,” said Zynnia, one of New Bethany Ministries’ Restoration House Program participants forced to vacate the apartments at the end of October.
After being defunded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, all current occupants of the Restoration House apartments on Third Street had to be moved out by the first of November, regardless of whether or not they have stayed for the full 18- to 24-month duration of the program.
If you’ve been looking for a home or apartment in the Lehigh Valley recently, you may have noticed the high prices. These costs might not be an issue for your family, but housing costs place a high financial burden on low-income families residing in the Valley.
For many, housing costs in the Lehigh Valley are steep. For others, housing is simply unaffordable, and certain programs designed to help this sector of the population are being defunded.
The Restoration House Program, operated by New Bethany Ministries on Bethlehem’s Southside, is one of these programs. By the end of October, all current residents were required to vacate their apartments, even if they had not reached their full duration of stay.
Housing costs in the Lehigh Valley are steep. For many families, housing is simply unaffordable, and programs designed to help this sector of the population are being defunded.
The Restoration House Program, operated by New Bethany Ministries on Bethlehem’s Southside, is one of those programs. By the end of October, all current residents were required to vacate their apartments, even if they had not reached their full duration of stay.