Safety Improvements Made to Terre Haute Shelter


In April of 1980, Catholic Charities in Terre Haute stepped out on faith and opened Bethany House.

“Jesus tells us very clearly in Matthew 25, ‘Whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do to me.’  And the people say, but when did I see you homeless and offer you shelter?  Well, we do and we can do that here,” says Jennifer Buell, development director at Catholic Charities in Terre Haute.

And thanks to a recent grant, Bethany House continues to shelter families in need.

But now, it provides families a safer and more comfortable place to stay.

More security cameras now keep watch over families.

And, those coming to the shelter no longer have to walk through the building to get to the office.

“Relocating the main office to the front of Bethany House is, by far, the most significant safety upgrade, because before, the office was on the other side of this newly constructed door, which now remains locked at all times.”

The former office is now an on-site laundry room, while the space housing the new office previously served up a different purpose.
“Used to be a resident kitchen here. It was a rather small kitchen,” Buell says.

That kitchen is now a fairly large office.

“And, when you come in, you’ll have staff here who would be able to greet people,” Buell explains.

They’re changes to make this Christian shelter safer, while giving clients a temporary place to call  home.

Families returned to Bethany House about two weeks ago.

And, although minor upgrades continue, crews expect all work to be finished by the end of March.


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