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Employee Highlight – Corey McDowell

Meet Corey McDowell, a caretaker in New Bethany’s Transitional Housing Program, which provides immediate housing services to those in need to find permanent, safe, and secure housing. As a caretaker, Corey’s main responsibilities center around ensuring residential housing areas are clean and secure, monitoring and logging building activities, documenting case notes, and identifying and reporting…

by on March 24, 2023

Motivated By Growth: New Bethany’s Finance Team

To fulfill New Bethany Ministries’ mission of supporting those experiencing hunger, poverty, and homelessness, a strong finance team is vital to ensuring we can best serve our community with the funding we receive.    Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, New Bethany Ministries has tripled in size, to be able to serve an ever increasing…

by on September 30, 2022

Employee Highlight – Bria Dews

Meet Bria Dews, a housing advocate at New Bethany Ministries (NBM) who assists in providing basic-need services, housing, and support that lift individuals out of poverty. When the community’s concern around housing instability grew, New Bethany partnered with Bethlehem Area School District and United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley to create a position in…

by on May 5, 2022

Social Workers Highlight

During Social Work Month, we are recognizing tireless contributors of our society, our social workers.  Veronne Demesyeux LMSW, Bria Johnson BSW, and Emily Forrester, currently pursuing a BSW, are the superb individuals who do this important work at New Bethany. Our social workers strive to improve the lives of our clients and as an industry…

by on March 16, 2022

Employee Highlight – Erica Ortiz

Meet Erica Ortiz, lead caretaker for New Bethany Ministries’ Transitional Housing Program. Since Erica joined the team over seven years ago, she has impacted many lives. While she started as a part-time employee that helped fill in additional shifts, she began gathering more hours to work full time. Her current role as lead caretaker looks…

by on January 7, 2022

Employee Spotlight – Emily Parker

New Bethany Ministries’ new Director of Development, Emily Parker, may be a fresh face around the office, but she jumped headfirst into her position. From the moment she accepted in February, she began brainstorming creative ways to build donor relations and fundraise for New Bethany. Now she’s branching into the world of philanthropy and grants…

by on June 2, 2021

Employee Highlight – Social Workers Edition

New Bethany Ministries prides itself on having an incredible team, and Social Work Month offers us an opportunity to recognize those serving in that capacity. We asked our social workers why they chose their careers and what drives their work. Veronne Demesyeux, LMSW – Associate Executive Director Veronne launched her career in social work eight…

by on March 18, 2021
Employee Spotlight – Lilina Kelhart

Employee Spotlight – Lilina Kelhart

Meet Lilina Kelhart, Representative Payee for New Bethany Ministries. She’s been a part of the New Bethany family for over twenty years. Lili originally learned about New Bethany from a newspaper ad and decided to investigate. She was inspired to join because of New Bethany’s mission to help the community by providing warm meals and…

by on October 23, 2020
Employee Spotlight – Guadalupe “Lupita” Bonilla

Employee Spotlight – Guadalupe “Lupita” Bonilla

Meet Guadalupe “Lupita” Bonilla, Family Housing Manager for New Bethany Ministries. Lupita manages our twelve-room shelter that accommodates families facing homelessness placed at New Bethany by local Children and Youth services. When Lupita discovered job openings at New Bethany, she researched the organization and quickly became determined to join the team. Having a true passion…

by on October 10, 2020
Employee Spotlight – Denise O’Connor

Employee Spotlight – Denise O’Connor

New Bethany Ministries office manager, Denise O’Connor, joined the team 6 months ago, immediately before COVID-19 hit. In her role, Denise handles day-to-day office activities and communicates and manages many client activities. She is responsible for providing guidance and assistance with the many programs that New Bethany offers. Denise is often the first point of…

by on September 10, 2020

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