THE NEEDS OF FAMILIES in crisis and the resources of caring people come together at Bethany Village. Our volunteer-driven operation provides, in one central location, help for those who need the basics: food, shelter, and clothing. Caring Union County people created BVasa501(c}(3) non-profit charity f in 2000. All facilities, staff, and all services have been provided by' generous local donors. Under the bright green roof on East Davie Street in Anna is the 4,500 square foot donated Center that houses the Bethany Village offices, our Food Pantry, and our Clothes Closet. We also provide office space for several other separate service organizations who work together toward the same vision of helping families. Haven House Christian Crisis Center, Serenity Home, Southern Most Area Rural Transit, and D.A.R.E. have offices at Bethany Village. Adjacent to our office building is the new 16,000 square foot Transitions Apartments. Construction of this $1.5 million facility, an amazing gift to the people of Union County, was donated by a local businessman. With completion of the 22-unit building expected in mid-2004, we are now making plans to provide the furnishings and program support.

In September 2003 the first paid employee," Executive Director Bonnie Barnhart, was added to the BV staff. A volunteer board of directors and a crew of about 20 volunteer site workers log hundreds of hours each month. Our current client base exceeds 2,000 families, and we monthly serve more than 800 persons. In 2003 gifts from Union County individuals, churches, and businesses and a private local grant provided more than $75,000 for client services and operations. In-kind gifts of food, clothing, furniture and donated services are also an important part of our revenues. While we are working diligently to secure federal, state and private grants for the new Transitions Program, local donations are the heart of our operations.

SHELTER. The Bethany Village Transitions Apartments will offer temporary, supportive housing where homeless women and their children can have warm beds and serious help as they make the transition from homelessness to homes. They may stay in the program up to twenty-four months. The new facility includes twelve efficiency apartments, four two-bedroom and four one-bedroom apartments, an activity/kitchen area, meeting rooms, a laundry, and a central office with full surveillance equipment. Four apartments are handicap accessible.

FOOD. The primary food bank in Union County, located at Bethany Village, serves hundreds of families each month. It is stocked with canned, packaged and frozen foods from churches and individuals, drives by postal workers and Boy Scouts, and collections throughout the area. As a 501{c)(3) charity, we also are able to use cash donations to purchase food, both locally and from food banks. We stretch our dollars with purchases for about 14 cents per pound from the Tri-State Food Bank in Evansville, Indiana.

CLOTHING. Our clean, well organized clothing closet is open to the public. Our staff of volunteers recycles literally tons of donated clothing, serving as many as 450 families a month. Families may visit once a week and fill a limited number of bags with selected clothing. Those who are able may make a donation to help us help others. Used furniture and household items donated to Bethany Village are available by appointment for those who have been homeless or have other crisis needs.