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Finally!
On Sunday, December 29, 2013 (The east of the Holy Family), Bethlehem House opened at Knipfer Ave (left) leaving the old location on Northampton St, Easthampton (right).
See below for the press release and more photos.


Thanks to all of our Volunteers and all who made our Volunteers Mass and Picnic such a blessed event!

From Bishop Mitch celebrating Mass to those who brought the wonderful dishes for lunch and the K of C who manned the grills to those who helped organize this wonderful event, THANK YOU!



Bethlehem House receives donation from Big Y Charity Golf Outing

 On July 2, 2015, Bethlehem House was presented with a check for $3,000 raised through the Big Y Foods – 34th Annual Paul and Gerald D’Amour Memorial Charity Golf Outing.

Photo below shows the presentation of the donation check to Bethlehem House Assistant Director Dorene Pennell (Center) by assistant manager Keith Desrocher (left) and manager Christian D’Amour (right) of the Southampton Big Y.

With the donation was a letter from Big Y VP Clare D’Amour stating “We greatly admire the work of the Bethlehem House of Western Massachusetts in our communities”.


Come see the THREE additions to the Lopez Family and how Bethlehem House helped them in this video then read even MORE in the Catholic Mirror by clicking here!


Thanks so much to Bishop Timothy McDonnell and the Catholic Mirror for their enthusiastic support of Bethlehem House!

You can read the wonderful editorial by Bishop McDonnell by clicking here.


 

Bethlehem House Pregnancy Care Center moves to new location

Bethlehem House has moved from its old location on 152 Northampton Street to the new location at 33 Knipfer Avenue, Easthampton, MA. This increases the size of the facility from 2000 sq ft to 3000 sq ft.

It will be hosting an open house on December 29, 2013 (The R.C. celebration of the Feast of the Holy Family) at 2:30pm. The Most Reverend Bishop McDonnell of the Springfield Diocese will bless the location in a ceremony at 3:00pm.

The open house will include a tour, refreshments and live music by David Congo.

Knights of Columbus Council 1116, Our Lady of the Valley Parish
When the plans for renovation of the old Rectory on OLV’s Sacred Heart Campus were being thought out, Council 1116 was immediately contacted to see if this could be accomplished using members. The Knights immediately said yes and over 600 service hours have been put into the project in October and November 2013.

This involved repairing and painting all walls and ceilings, removing the old carpeting, doing electrical and carpentry repairs, and moving all of the furniture and supplies from the old to the new location.

The Knights were very excited in serving this aspect of the Pro-life ministry.

Quote from Knight Jay Oelrich (Council Public Relations)

“Bethlehem House provides a ministry that opens and eases the pathway to the young mother in crisis for birthing and keeping her child. We are always, and will always, take a stand against abortion. In this case, our service supports the effort to address the very real needs that these women, bringing a quality of life to mother and child before and after birth. Being able to be involved with that brings a real joy to one’s faith!”

Bethlehem House Contact information:

 http://www.bethlehemhousewma.org/

EMERGENCY HOTLINE: 1 413-262-8517 (Springfield) 24/7

FOR APPOINTMENT CALL 413 527-2861

Mondays between 1:30pm and 4:00pm

               Wednesdays between 10:00am and 4:00pm

                Non-emergency calls - Business office: 413.527.2861

Email us:  bethlehem_house@verizon.net

Mailing address: P.O. Box 1393, Easthampton, MA 01027

Office Location: 33 Knipfer AveEasthampton, MA 01027

Background:
Bethlehem House is a 501c3 non-profit, faith-based organization located in Western Massachusetts which offers free and confidential pregnancy resources for women and men in crisis. We reach out to provide loving and nurturing support to help all members of the family in this time of need. No one is turned away.

Bethlehem House is now assisting about 50 families per month. Working with local college campuses, churches, hospitals and birthing centers we offer many services including gifts of baby supplies and other necessities, educational programs, support and counseling as well as provide referrals for area services.

Bethlehem House of Western Mass opened its doors in Easthampton in 2006. The Center quickly went from addressing the needs of 36 clients per year to over 500 clients per year! In July of 2010, Bethlehem House moved into its previous 2000 sq ft home located on RT 10, (152 Northampton St.) in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

As the case load approached 800 clients per year, it became clear that it was time to move to larger facilities. It began renovating and moving into its new 3000 sq ft home on 33 Knipfer St in October 2013. This location is on the Sacred Heart campus of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Easthampton and was formally the Sacred Heart Rectory before that Parish was closed.

Pamela Hibbard, director, oversees a staff of 5 councilors and over 80 volunteers who work to provide services to individuals in all four counties of Western Mass. Services at Bethlehem House include a 24 hr. crisis hotline, counseling and referrals, FREE confidential pregnancy testing, assistance in obtaining prenatal care, financial/legal aid, job training, emergency food, maternity and baby supplies, childbirth and child care programs, breastfeeding classes, educational assistance, adoption information and abstinence and STD education

Working closely with area hospitals to identify clients in need, the organization delivers baby baskets to new moms and babies at four area hospitals including  Bay State Hospital, Cooley Dickinson Birthing Center, Holyoke Hospital Birthing Center, and Mercy Hospital Family Life Center for Maternity.  These "Welcome Baby" baskets are filled with all the necessities - diapers and wipes, bibs, booties, baby bath, blankets, clothing, towels and more. 

Bethlehem House of Western Mass holds several events and fundraisers each year in order to raise awareness about our services and to gather donations to help us continue our mission Many parishes and churches throughout the area partner with Bethlehem House using programs like Baby Bottle Boomerang, by hosting baby showers, and Sew For Us program.

Bethlehem House offers many classes and workshops at our facility for expectant mothers and new mothers in need. Each class is limited to three participants. Classes meet twice each month and are offered for FREE.  They include Time Management Classes, Cooking Classes, and Quilting Classes.

Bethlehem House works with many area organizations that are here to help you. Our confidential counseling and support services are available to you and based upon your needs, we are able to refer you to the professionals that can help you. 

Some of the services we provide are referrals to: Free legal assistance, Free medical care. Job training programs

Bethlehem House offers a wide range of emergency supplies for both mom and baby based upon a needs assessment. Typical items may include:

  • ·         Baby Supplies: bathtub, bassinet/crib, carriers, bibs, blankets, booties, changing table, diapers, wipes, diaper bag, feeding supplies, formula, high chair, clothing, car seat
  • ·          Mom Supplies: baby book, maternity clothes, photo album, camera, breast pads, breast pump, child safety locks, and more

Bethlehem House works with several college campuses in Western Mass, including U-Mass, Elms College, HCC, STCC and others.




  • Many Thanks:
  • to our Bishop, the Most Rev. Timothy McDonnell, for his blessing of the new facility.
  • to TV Channel 3, 22 and 40, The Reel to Reel Program and the Daily Hampshire Gazette for their reporting on this event (you can see their reports on the Mass Video page via Vimeo Page Link and seeing the trailer of the Jan. 26th Mass video).
  • to Barbara Mucha and Mary Weber, the Directors of the other two Pregnancy Centers in the network, for joining us in this special event.
  • to all of the volunteers who spent countless hours making this move a success!




Thank you Volunteers and all those who joined us for our Volunteer Thank You Event!
We started with Mass at the OLV Sacred Heart Campus Pavilion Con-celebtrated by Father Piotr Pawlus and Father Bill McCarthy (founder of "My Father's House" in Moodis CT).
Then we had a chance to thank the many groups and individuals who are so vital to this ministry. We can't do it without you!
And FOOD! Thanks so much to all who brought dishes to share at our pot luck lunch! It was WONDERFUL!
Lastly, Thanks to our K of C Council 1116 (our "Knights of the Lady") who helped set up, cook and break down the event!
We love you all and you are in our prayers daily (or more!)