Celebrating the Life and Work of Doris J. Ward
"I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me." - Matthew 25:36
Doris J. Ward, founder of Bethany House of Northern Virginia, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 21, 2014, but the impact she made while she was here with us and the legacy she left behind is nothing short of miraculous.
On December 16, 1979, after accumulating an extensive collection of experiences in early childhood education, church ministries, human services programs, and community service, Ms. Ward founded Bethany House of Northern Virginia, which was created as a safe, secure facility where women and their children who had been victimized by domestic violence and abuse could find emergency housing and supportive services. Bethany House was unique in that it provided longer-term residence than other shelters so that clients would have the necessary time to recover from the trauma of abuse.
Ms. Ward was dynamic, hands-on leader who was tremendously devoted to Bethany House. During her years as Executive Director, it wasn’t unusual for her to make 2,000 phone calls over the course of a year to garner the help and support of local businesses, community service agencies, churches, and volunteers, and she was known for taking Helpline calls at her home and often speaking to those in need for an hour or two at a time. Ms. Ward worked tirelessly in the office performing administrative duties, but she also put her heart into Bethany House through cooking for special occasions, making deliveries, working with clients who were emotionally fragile, inviting clients to her church, taking clients out on New Year’s Eve, throwing Christmas Parties, making Valentine’s and Thanksgiving baskets, and even starting and organizing a thrift store to provide furniture, house wares, and clothing for clients as well as providing and additional income source for Bethany House.
Over the decades during which Ms. Ward served, she was honored with countless awards, but most importantly, she was a mother figure and great support to more than 1,000 women through her work at Bethany House, and even more through her work in the community at large.
Because of her tremendous work and sacrifice, Bethany House of Northern Virginia continues to serve more than 400 adults and more than 500 children each year by providing them shelter and supportive services such as counseling, educational and career assistance, life skills, housing, transitional care, Aftercare, and so much more. Because of her priceless work and her tremendous legacy, Bethany House continues to strive toward her vision of eliminating domestic violence one family at a time.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Bethany House founder Doris Ward, but we are abundantly thankful to the Lord for her life, for her obedience to follow the vision that God placed on her heart over 35 years ago, and for the many lives she impacted. She will be greatly missed!
Bethany House is Hiring For an Executive Director!
Bethany House of Northern Virginia (BHNV) is a 35 year-old Christian, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to eliminating domestic violence one family at a time. BHNV provides temporary shelter to women and their children who are victims of domestic violence and provides programming to assist its clients to break the cycle of violence through active case management, counseling, home and job skills training, and spiritual care.
Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and operation of BHNV and the stewardship of the organization’s mission and its physical, financial and human resources while ensuring compliance with Board directives and applicable grantor, federal and state requirements.
Masters-level or higher degree from an accredited school in Social Work, Human Services, Psychology, or Counseling.
Minimum 5 years’ experience in counseling, social work, or other human services or social services; experience and/or training in working with trauma victims a plus.
Minimum 3 years’ experience in staff and business management required; non-profit experience preferred.
Must have an active faith commitment and regularly attend a Christian church; commitment to Christian values of life required.
Must be a U.S. citizen.
Salary dependent upon qualifications and experience; range: $60,000-$70,000.
to see the full job description. Send inquiries or resume to Jobs@bhnv.org
Bethany House is growing! Support our Capital Campaign.
Each year, the number of women and children seeking refuge in our emergency shelters for domestic violence victims is growing. Last fiscal year, BHNV provided safe and confidential shelter to 47 families escaping abusive homes, an increase from 42 families in FY 12-13 and just 39 families in FY 11-12.
Unfortunately, due to space limitations, we are forced to turn away scores of vulnerable women and children in desperate need of safety and support. These victims often face the unthinkable choice of becoming homeless or returning to their abuser.
To address this growing and critical need for shelter and services, BHNV has initiated its Raise the Roof! Capital Campaign to renovate and expand its oldest emergency shelter. The renovation will nearly double our capacity to house victims of domestic violence and will ensure a safe and comfortable home for women to rebuild their lives. The expanded facility will allow us to better serve victims of domestic violence in Fairfax County – a community where 33% of homeless families are homeless due to domestic violence – and surrounding Northern Virginia and DC metro communities.
We hope you will support our Capital Campaign. Your gift will ensure that individuals affected by domestic abuse in our community receive the best possible services to heal and move forward with their lives.
To learn more visit Raise The Roof For Victims Of Domestic Violence or contact Development Director Jasmin Witcher at 703-658-9500.