Bethesda House Of Schenectady

834 State St
Schenectady, NY 12307

518-374-7873 Go to Facebook
Class of Housing/Services: Emergency Assistance, housing assistance, Outreach, food, clothing, meals.

General Information:
Bethesda House is an interfaith ministry to the homeless, disabled and economically disadvantaged citizens of Schenectady County, building a just, hospitable and inclusive community one person at a time by affirming the dignity and addressing the needs of each guest entering this House of Mercy. Bethesda House of Schenectady provides day shelter and is open to everyone. Bethesda House provides services to the homeless, individuals with physical and/or mental disabilities, individuals with substance abuse issues, and the working poor. For more information contact Bethesda House of Schenectady.   Services Offered:     A Safe Haven offering fellowship and community     Daily community meal     Showers and laundry     Mailboxes and storage lockers     Phone/fax/copier/computer     Clothing     Food Pantry     Hygiene kits         Household goods         Emergency Services         Representative Payee Financial Management Program         Women’s Support Group         Information and referral services   View Program Schedule Case Management Services     Emergency/Crisis Assistance – primarily assists homeless adult individuals and occasionally, families navigate the complex system of care to receive emergency shelter placement and other basic needs as quickly as possible.     Housing/Outreach Case Management – assists guest to stabilize income and find the most suitable housing that is both safe and affordable. Includes renting from reputable landlords, applying for Section 8 Housing, Municipal Housing or other housing programs.     Representative Payee Financial Management Program – manages SSI and SSD benefits for disabled guests particularly those with a history of chronic homelessness in spite of their steady monthly income. These individuals are often easily victimized and lack the ability to make sound financial decisions. Bethesda House Case Managers work with each guest to establish a budget to ensure that rent, food, medical care and other basic needs are met prior to the guest being given a personal spending allowance. This program has ended the cycle of chronic homelessness for every participant who was homeless at the time of entry.     Women’s Support Group – Facilitators include staff from Bethesda House, the Rape Crisis Center and YWCA. Residential Programs: The agency’s sixteen-bed Liberty Apartments and seven beds of the Lighthouse Program are permanent supportive housing residences for chronically homeless adults with a history of untreated severe and persistent mental illness and other disabling conditions. The Housing First model provides housing first for the chronically homeless population, and then combines that housing with supportive treatment services in the areas of mental and physical health, substance abuse, education and employment. We provide advocacy, housing and a safety net for our residents. Staff addresses the needs of the whole person focusing on self-respect, personal growth and discovery of one’s gifts. The sixteen beds and seven beds of the permanent supportive housing follow this model. The Lighthouse Program also has three beds for Veterans. Liberty Apartments is located on State Street and the Lighthouse facility is located in Mont Pleasant. Both programs provide safe and affordable housing for adults with a history of chronic homelessness with one or more disability. Back to Top Housing First Housing First has been recognized as a best practice by national researchers and policy makers. As a result, communities around the country are piloting projects that employ Housing First principles. The National Alliance to End Homelessness defines the Housing First approach for addressing the chronic homelessness of disabled and vulnerable people as a “client driven strategy that provides immediate access to an apartment without requiring initial participation in psychiatric treatment or treatment for sobriety.” Housing First Principals: Housing is a basic human right, not a reward for clinical success     Once the chaos of homelessness is eliminated from a person’s life, clinical and social stabilization occur faster and are more enduring.     Move people into housing directly from streets and shelters without preconditions of treatment acceptance or compliance.     The provider is obligated to bring robust support services to the housing. These services are predicated on assertive engagement, not coercion.     Continued tenancy is not dependent on participation in services.     Units are targeted to the most disabled and vulnerable members of the community.     Embraces harm reduction approach to addictions rather than mandating abstinence. At the same time, the provider must be prepared to support resident commitment to recovery.     Can be implemented as either a project-based or scattered site model.    

Helpful Definitions For Bethesda House Of Schenectady:
Supportive Housing Programs that provide an alternative living arrangement for individuals who, because of age, disability, substance abuse, mental illness, chronic homelessness or other circumstances, are unable to live independently without care, supervision and/or support to help them in the activities of daily living; or who need access to case management, housing support, vocational, employment and other services to transition to independent living.

Day Shelters supplement homeless and low-income people when the shelter their staying in only offers shelter on an overnight basis. Case management is often provided and sometimes there are laundry and shower facilities.  Meals and basic hygiene may also be offered.  Almost all day shelters provide their services free of charge. Any emergency or homeless shelter that allows clients to stay during the day is also classified under this category.

How To Volunteer at Bethesda House Of Schenectady:
Be a volunteer. Call Bethesda House Of Schenectady at 518-374-7873 for current volunteer work opportunities.

As A General Note About Listings: does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.

In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.

Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.

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