BCN coordinates with eight United Way agencies and twenty-five additional partners to provide “one-stop-shopping” services to area residents within a defined area. Through a strong partnership with an advisory council of neighbors, we are able to strengthen nearby neighborhoods and address the needs of residents who rank safety for children and families as their top priority.
As a community-based Family Resource Center, we address the needs of at-risk individuals by providing services essential for them to lead healthy and productive lives. Special programs address poverty, unemployment, education, financial, crime and safety. As one of 18 Nashville FRC’s, we direct families to the appropriate resources that lead to self-sufficiency. At our site we provide working parents with top-rated childcare through our partnership with the 15th Avenue North Learning Academy; offer quality after-school programs; and provide seniors with nutritious meals as well as connectional resources for the entire family.
Children and youth enrolled in our after-school programs receive nutritious snacks and dinner each afternoon through our partnership with the Metro Action Commission and SPARK Health and Fitness Initiative.
Through our special events programs, Bethlehem Center builds and strengthens unity within and among families and the local community. Activities include:
- Easter Egg Hunt in Watkins Park in collaboration with area agencies.
- Fall Festival for children and families who celebrate the change of seasons and enjoy Halloween in a safe and supervised environment.
- Christmas Open House to introduce neighbors to our facility and programs and to offer performances from local program participants and artists.
- FRC Promotional Events held throughout the year which include community awareness fairs, neighborhood reunion events, “Back to School Bash,” Olympic Day summer festival. Financial planning and tax assistance programs are offered as well.
- The Christmas Toy Store
- In partnership with the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots program, eligible families who reside in zip codes areas 37203 and 37208 can register for the toy program from mid-October to mid-November on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am -1:00pm. Through a partnership with churches and community organizations, volunteers are recruited to sort toys and assist with setting up the store. Donations are made through new toys and monetary donations to support this effort. For additional information on registering for the program, volunteering or donating, please call (615) 329-3386.