Bethesda Mission

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Bethesda Mission (BM), located in Pennsylvania's capitol city of Harrisburg, is a non-profit Christian Rescue Mission. The organization has been meeting the needs of hungry and homeless people in the Greater Harrisburg area since 1914, when the mission was founded by fifteen laymen representing nine different denominations across the city.

The goal in 1914 was the same goal by which Bethesda is operated today:
To provide food, shelter, clothing, and life-changing counseling based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all who seek their help.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Bethesda Mission
PO Box 3041
Harrisburg, PA 17105


Phone: (717) 257-4442

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 231389397

CEO/President: Scott Dunwoody

Chairman: James G. Tatnall

Board size: 13

Founder: James W. Barker

Ruling year: 1914

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1991


We aspire to be God's House of Mercy, through which He brings about life recovery and restoration for hurting, hopeless, and homeless men, women, and children in our shelters, in our community, and throughout the region. We desire to holistically serve those in need, equip them to engage purposefully and meaningfully with society, and lead them to experience the life-changing power of Jesus Christ.

Mission statement

Reaching into our community, one man, one woman, one child at a time, offering the love of Christ in tangible ways.

Statement of faith

We believe there is one God, eternally existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God the Son, that He was born of a virgin, that believers are redeemed by His substitutionary death through His shed blood, that He bodily resurrected, and ascended into Heaven, and that He will come again in power and great glory. Furthermore, because of Christ's full but sinless humanity, we believe He has experienced and overcome all temptations that we face. Because of this, God is approachable through Jesus Christ and is concerned with our condition and human struggles.

We believe the Bible, as originally given, to be the revealed, authoritative Word of God without error.

We believe God originally created man in His own image, and free from sin; but through the temptation of Satan, man disobeyed God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness. Because of this all mankind inherits a corrupt nature and is under God's condemnation.

We believe that people can be removed from the eternal condemnation of sin only through a personal decision to trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross as their substitutionary payment for their sins. We hold this event to be a personal experience rather than a religious or doctrinal supposition.

We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells all believers empowering them to live a godly life of obedience as they grow toward Christian maturity in the process called sanctification.

We believe that the Holy Spirit unites all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and that together they form one body - The Church. Furthermore we believe that The Church is under the leadership of Jesus Christ and that His leadership will be evident through the harmony and love within The Church.

We believe it is the duty of all believers to glorify God in thought, word and deed.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating33 of 11105 of 141
Fund acquisition rating149 of 11116 of 141
Resource allocation rating26 of 11113 of 141
Asset utilization rating187 of 111023 of 141

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$679,613$643,752$629,062$756,643$518,710
Short-term investments$861,800$1,192,457$1,798,439$1,765,564$1,029,793
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,213,268$5,157,381$4,340,225$4,486,449$3,444,868
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$10,018,724$9,876,925$6,563,737$5,969,894$5,104,924
Other long-term assets$3,289,804$4,311,536$3,594,457$3,743,488$3,796,198
Total long-term assets$13,308,528$14,188,461$10,158,194$9,713,382$8,901,122
Total assets$18,521,796$19,345,842$14,498,419$14,199,831$12,345,990
Payables and accrued expenses$344,438$580,866$341,616$359,183$280,553
Other current liabilities$0$0$10,400$32,100$26,850
Total current liabilities$344,438$580,866$352,016$391,283$307,403
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$149,667$20,615$103,829$106,604$122,757
Total long-term liabilities$809,118$787,867$1,417,162$1,618,312$1,785,079
Total liabilities$1,153,556$1,368,733$1,769,178$2,009,595$2,092,482
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$11,461,503$9,775,987$7,225,260$3,720,668$3,522,696
With donor restrictions$5,906,737$8,201,122$5,503,981$8,469,568$6,730,812
Net assets$17,368,240$17,977,109$12,729,241$12,190,236$10,253,508
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$17,224,105$16,749,750$11,123,277$9,169,080$7,872,686
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$203,482$429,976$156,501$255,644$214,767
Other revenue($192,134)$73,586$42,435($7,140)$37,352
Total other revenue$11,348$503,562$198,936$248,504$252,119
Total revenue$17,235,453$17,253,312$11,322,213$9,417,584$8,124,805
Program services$15,793,765$12,740,249$9,767,441$6,522,497$8,643,756
Management and general$573,218$550,387$457,815$400,614$405,130
Total expenses$16,945,910$13,819,284$10,789,985$7,509,142$9,614,829
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$289,543$3,434,028$532,228$1,908,442($1,490,024)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$289,543$3,434,028$532,228$1,908,442($1,490,024)


Scott DunwoodyExecutive Director$73,281

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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On December 22, 1914, Harrisburg City Rescue Mission is founded by "uncle" Jim Barker.

Program accomplishments

95 men sheltered per night

26 women sheltered per night

104,269 meals served last year

10,328 total medical patient visits last year

1,317 dental patients seen

140 men & women enrolled in long-term recovery programs

82 children & teens attending community center programs

4,831 units of social services assistance

7,458,498 pounds of food distributed

11,085 volunteer hours

6,340 persons assisted by mobile mission