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: Andrew Groop

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


Our Vision: Rescue. Redeem. Restore.

Rescue - A soft pillow, a warm meal, and peace from life's storms are what Bethesda offers the men, women, and children who walk through our doors. Our walls offer safety from chaos-filled homes and noisy streets, and our hospitality returns a small portion of the grace we've been given to the people we serve.

Redeem - A brightly lit green cross is the trade-mark symbol of our flagship facility at 611 Reily Street in downtown Harrisburg. This city icon defines our driving passion - to introduce others to the power and love of Jesus Christ.

Restore - Equipping each person with tools for life is the aim of Bethesda's community re-entry blueprint. From learning to balance a checkbook to finding a Christ centered, nurturing church, these foundational skills help existing guests lead lives of character and great purpose.

Mission statement

Since 1914, Bethesda Mission has been a missionary arm of the local church, reaching out to men, women and children of all races, nationalities and creeds, providing the poor and homeless with shelter, food, clothing, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and discipliing them in the Christian life.

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 rating74 of 10778 of 144
Fund acquisition rating227 of 107821 of 144
Resource allocation rating66 of 10784 of 144
Asset utilization rating292 of 107740 of 144

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$629,062$756,643$518,710$580,207$439,127
Short-term investments$1,798,439$1,765,564$1,029,793$1,134,315$1,709,966
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,340,225$4,486,449$3,444,868$3,422,296$2,284,938
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$6,563,737$5,969,894$5,104,924$6,691,454$7,241,296
Other long-term assets$3,594,457$3,743,488$3,796,198$3,845,820$4,106,508
Total long-term assets$10,158,194$9,713,382$8,901,122$10,537,274$11,347,804
Total assets$14,498,419$14,199,831$12,345,990$13,959,570$13,632,742
Payables and accrued expenses$341,616$359,183$280,553$281,381$262,903
Other current liabilities$10,400$32,100$26,850$35,825$30,075
Total current liabilities$352,016$391,283$307,403$317,206$292,978
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$103,829$106,604$122,757$104,603$98,419
Total long-term liabilities$1,417,162$1,618,312$1,785,079$1,924,789$2,317,801
Total liabilities$1,769,178$2,009,595$2,092,482$2,241,995$2,610,779
Net assets20202019201820172015
Without donor restrictions$7,225,260$3,720,668$3,522,696$4,970,839$5,341,311
With donor restrictions$5,503,981$8,469,568$6,730,812$6,746,736$5,680,652
Net assets$12,729,241$12,190,236$10,253,508$11,717,575$11,021,963
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Total contributions$11,123,277$9,169,080$7,872,686$7,735,045$6,421,835
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$156,501$255,644$214,767$362,190$321,930
Other revenue$42,435($7,140)$37,352$45,125$1,600
Total other revenue$198,936$248,504$252,119$407,315$323,530
Total revenue$11,322,213$9,417,584$8,124,805$8,142,360$6,745,365
Program services$9,767,441$6,522,497$8,643,756$6,369,813$5,930,607
Management and general$457,815$400,614$405,130$429,513$414,309
Total expenses$10,789,985$7,509,142$9,614,829$7,449,308$6,990,124
Change in net assets20202019201820172015
Surplus (deficit)$532,228$1,908,442($1,490,024)$693,052($244,759)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$532,228$1,908,442($1,490,024)$693,052($244,759)


Scott DunwoodyExecutive Director$66,308

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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

Program accomplishments

60 men sheltered per night

6 women sheltered per night

5,036 meals served last month