Greater Safety & Security


To construct a new driveway for the drop off and pick up of program participants away from the busy and dangerous 7th Street Trafficway.


Enhanced Classroom Areas


To provide more educational spaces in order to double the number of program participants at a time.


Romodeled Public & Administrative Spaces


To provide upgraded restrooms, kitchen, reception, and office spaces.


More Energy Efficient Building


To provide a more energy-efficient heating and cooling system, improve roof, doors, and windows.


New Whole Life Multipurpose Center


To construct a new multipurpose hall for students, seniors, families, and other community activities and events.


Improved Playground Facilities


To renovate the Center's playground and soccer field to make them better and safer for recreational activites.


New Garage & Campus Parking


To provide a more secure space for the Center's vehnicles and campus parking.


Expanded Food Pantry


To provide an enlarged pantry stroage space and a better service area.



During my nine years as a volunteer for Bethel Neighborhood Center, l have seen its impact on the community firsthand. I have seen lives changed and individuals helped. I have seen BNC stay true to its mission in a changing community. While the BNC spirit remains strong, the building itself is aging and losing the ability to meet the demands and needs presented daily.


This challenge was recognized by the American Baptist Women’s Ministries of the Central Region in 2013 and a grant was provided to begin a much needed capital improvement. At that time, the BNC Board of directors and key staff began in earnest, to assess the condition of the BNC building and how service could be improved. That process, in concert with a survey of clients, led the Board to embark upon a $2 million capital campaign to renovate and expand our building to meet the growing needs in our community.


This campaign is crucial for many reasons. First, the safety and dignity of BNC ‘s clients are at stake. The remodel of the existing structure will provide a safer and more accessible entrance which is particularly important for children and seniors coming to BNC. This campaign will also improve building efficiency and ADA compliance overall. Privacy will also be improved for those clients seeking assistance. Most importantly, however, the improvements will allow BNC to accommodate more requests for service. Currently, BNC has a waiting list of Children in need of services and this project will allow staff to double capacity.


I am very grateful to all the foundations, churches, Sunday school classes, businesses, and individuals for helping us to surpass our goal of $2 Million Dollar. Your gift to BNC Magnify the Light and Hope is appreciated very much.

We have completed the first phase of the renovation and expansion, and our children/youth, senior citizens, Bethel families, and those who seek assistance from us are very pleased with our improved facility.  Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and in your prayers as we continue to raise funds for the second phase - a multipurpose hall/gym to keep our community healthy mentally and physically.  



— Marylou Reiter (Outgoing President of the Board of Directors)