What is Bethany House of Northern Virginia?
Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Inc. (Bethany House) is a non-profit, faith-based organization that provides emergency shelter and supportive services to victims of domestic violence. Through our Helpline, we provide immediate response to any victim of abuse. In our emergency shelters, we serve women and children who have survived family and intimate partner violence.
What does Bethany House do?
Bethany House provides women and children with the support and resources to break the cycle of abuse. This includes safe shelter, emergency services, counseling and life skills services, and follow-up support.
When did Bethany House begin?
Bethany House was founded in 1979 by Doris Ward in response to the unmet needs of victims of domestic violence. Over the years, Bethany House has expanded its programs to provide victims of domestic violence with comprehensive levels of emergency and long-term support.
Who governs Bethany House?
A volunteer Board of Directors governs Bethany House and provides financial administration, policy direction and program evaluation.
Where does the funding come from?
Bethany House is supported through foundation and government grants as well as donations from churches, corporations, individuals, community organizations and various fundraisers.
How many staff do you have?
We employ approximately 10 staff in our office and another 7 staff at our thrift store, Joseph’s Coat. Bethany House also relies on contributions from volunteers to provide needed services to our clients.
What denomination is Bethany House associated with?
We are Christian, but we are not affiliated with one particular denomination.
How does being faith-based impact your organization?
We want to reach out to women and children who are victims of domestic violence because we believe God loves them. In the Holy Bible, we see God’s heart for the poor, oppressed and needy. In Matthew 25:36 it says, “I was naked and you gave me clothing. I was sick and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.” Our Christian faith impacts the way we serve the heart, soul and mind of each client who enters our shelter.
Our clients do not need to be Christian to receive services. Our doors are open without reservation to any victim of domestic violence.
Who do you serve?
We primarily serve the residents of Fairfax County and DC metro area, but we also accept clients throughout Virginia and the United States.