Beth Shalom originally opened, as a non-profit Christian ministry, in 1987 to serve teen mothers. In 1997, with fewer teen moms needing its services, Beth Shalom opened its doors to adult moms. Eventually, costly repairs and high facility expenses forced Beth Shalom to sell its building. With modest proceeds from the sale in hand and the desire for Beth Shalom to continue its ministry, the board researched various alternatives resulting in a decision for Beth Shalom to become a program of Tabor Community Services. They also explored which single moms were currently slipping through the cracks of care and learned that many women leave prison with no place to go, and needed an apartment they can afford, a place where their children can return, and the loving accountability of a program to help rebuild their lives. Beth Shalom and Tabor completed the merger in 2005 and reopened Beth Shalom in 2007 in a new location with 5 newly renovated apartments serving single mothers returning to the community after being incarcerated at Lancaster County Prison.
Beth Shalom’s Mission
To end prison recidivism by providing a comprehensive Christian interim housing program for single mothers leaving prison, where they can reunite with their children and be empowered with the skills and opportunities necessary for long-term self-sufficiency.
At Beth Shalom
Residents must work or receive training for 30 hours each week as well as participate in life-skills and faith-based programs and, if needed, mental health counseling and drug or alcohol treatment. Resident must adhere to the program requirements during their stay, including abiding by the rules of the program and participation in Christian discipleship classes, intensive support services, a protective payee program, and an aftercare program. Residents pay only 30% of their income towards their rent (housing costs), as part of their learning to become successful tenants. At capacity, the program can serve 5 women and 10 children.
Since re-opening 63 women were served
88 children reunited with their moms
63% of women found a place of worship
66% exited into permanent housing
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