DOwntown local Parnters
Get to know our Local mission partners...
Below you will see our Downtown Local Mission Partners. Click the button to learn more about how you can get involved. Please email Nathan Atkinson if you’d like to serve with any of these organizations.
Long-time Bethel member Bev Kline founded Living Alternatives in 1982 out of a desire to help a young pregnant woman find an alternative to abortion. It has grown to incorporate many facets of pregnancy. The umbrella principle is to bring hope to families and the unborn using a holistic approach: ForThe1 finds families for adoptions or fostering; Building Blocks teaches parenting skills; Fatherheart is a home for unwed pregnant moms; Keeps Boutique provides clothes for moms; Loving Alternatives helps with placement if a mother decides not to parent; the Pregnancy Resource Center counsels women looking for an alternative to abortion; and RUTH is a mobile pregnancy testing and ultrasound unit for other East Texas communities that lack these programs.
FOR THE SILENT
For The Silent (FTS) was founded in 2007 in response to the sobering issue of sex trafficking and exploitation in Asia. During the first three years of operation, FTS assisted anti-trafficking organizations in Thailand and Cambodia through project-based fundraising efforts — funding projects in Asia that continue to operate and serve trafficking victims today.
After realizing the prevalence of the issue in East Texas, FTS developed a crisis intervention program for victims and a prevention education program for high-risk youth. FTS works hand in hand with juvenile justice departments, law enforcement, and middle schools in East Texas to educate, empower, and mentor girls who are high risk for or have already experienced exploitation, giving them the tools they need to leave exploitive situations.