Bethlehem Center of Nashville is a National Mission Institution of the Women’s Division, General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.
More than 100 years ago, Estelle Haskins, a Caucasian missionary, and Sallie Sawyer, an African American Fisk University graduate, merged services to start a kindergarten, well baby clinic, sewing circle and recreation programs.
These two women broke racial and gender barriers of their time to form a ministry to serve those in need. Today, Bethlehem Center continues its ministry of “changing lives and building futures” to support the needs of inner-city working families. As a Family Resource Center, we remain committed to the education and care of at-risk children and youth, serving the needs of seniors, feeding the hungry and providing hope, help and healing for those in need.