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Bethesda Center operates a day shelter and emergency night shelter for homeless men and women in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

THE BETHESDA IMPACT

60
k
Meals
Served
117
Placed in
Permanent Housing
5
k
Served in
Night Shelter
3
k
Served in Emergency
Day Shelter
25
k
Showers
Taken
*Based on 2020 Data
Since 1989, Bethesda Center creates opportunities daily through emergency and supportive services, empowering individuals to live stable lives.
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Day Shelter
Open Daily 6:30am-7pm

Every day at 6:30 AM, Bethesda’s day shelter opens, welcoming the homeless from throughout the community. Day shelter services any member of the homeless community, for people living on the streets, in the woods and abandoned structures and who are in dire need of our basic services.

We recognize the importance of offering a safe place where people are protected from inclement weather – the snow and freezing rain of winter as well as the oppressive heat of summer.

  • Restrooms & Showers
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Telephones
  • Mailing Address
  • Computer and Internet
  • Guest Resources & More
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Night Shelter
Open Nightly 7pm-6am

In addition to the services provided through the day shelter, Bethesda’s night shelter services include spiritual growth opportunities (3D: Discussion, Devotion and Dinner) and temporary housing.

Bethesda’s night shelter for homeless individuals serves as an entry point back into the community. Qualified guests benefit from supportive services that we provide.

Guest Intake: Mon-Thur: 9am to 4pm. No intake on weekends.

  • Permanent Housing
  • Family Reunification
  • Case Management
  • Mental & Physical Health Care
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Case Management

The Case Management program at Bethesda is customized to meet the individual needs of our guests. They provide homeless individuals with guidance in exploring barriers that hinder their ability to live independently.

We also serve chronically homeless individuals. Chronically homeless are those who have been on the streets or in shelters for at least a year, or who have had multiple episodes of homelessness, and who have a disabling condition, usually mental health or addiction.

  • Regular meetings with case managers to assist with service plan goals
  • Community resource referrals & linkage
  • Financial management
  • Transportation services
Urgent Needs
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  • Cases of Water
  • Cans of Lysol
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Liquid Hand Soap
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Disposable Razors
  • 39 Gal. Trash Bags
  • Ready to Eat Meals
  • Wash Cloths/Towels
  • Men/Women Underwear
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Due to limited space,
we DO NOT accept clothing.
DROP OFF DONATIONS: MONDAY – FRIDAY
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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We depend on the generosity of individuals, businesses, and churches in the community to keep our shelter doors open year after year and to be able to provide supportive services to our guests.
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Serve A Meal

Guests of Bethesda Center would be hungry if not for the generosity and kindness of volunteer teams that feed guests a simple meal and share a message of encouragement.

Prepare/serve lunch for 75 or dinner for 100

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Volunteer

Our volunteers are our heroes and we can’t do without them! Give your time and skills to better the lives of the homeless. Please fill out the form to let us know your interests and skills.

We welcome Interns as well.

Meal Sign Up
If you or your organization is interested in serving the needs of Bethesda, please reach out to us on our contact form Below.
Donors like you have made it possible to serve the homeless for over 30 years, and with your support. We look forward to serving for years to come.
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Contact Us

Bethesda Center for
the Homeless


930 North Patterson Ave.
Winston Salem, NC 27101


(336) 722-9951

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Faculty & Staff

Baraka Riptoe
Executive Director
Rochelle Smith
Associate Director

Case Management

Board of Directors 2020-2021

Linda Jackson Barnes
Board President
City of Winston-Salem
Bryan Ledbetter
Board Vice President
Airtype / The Ramkat
Jason Marley
Board Treasurer
BB&T
Chad Armstrong
Board Secretary
Galilee Missionary Baptist Church
Jake Cashion
Allen Tate Realtors
Susan Boyles
Kilpatrick Townsend &
Stockton LLP
Dr. Nate French
Wake Forest University
Cheryl Lindsay
Hanesbrands
Dr. D. Kathy Stitts
Winston-Salem State University
Fleming El-Amin
County Commission
Christopher Leab
Dream Center Forsyth County
Martha Turner
Guest Representative