Its message is based on the Bible; its ministry is motivated by love for God and the needs of humanity.
The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.
HOPE: We give hope through the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
SERVICE: We reach out to support others without discrimination.
DIGNITY: We respect and value each other, recognizing everyone’s worth.
STEWARDSHIP: We responsibly manage the resources entrusted to us.
The Salvation Army Bethany Hope Centre mission is to support, equip and empower adults, youth and children in the Ottawa Region by building services, partnerships and faith-based community spirit with a primary focus on young parents and their children.
As an innovative partner, we envision a community in which young parent families feel support, have dignity and know the love of God.
In addition to The Salvation Army core values, we will carry out the mission of the Bethany Hope Centre mindful of the following values:
Historically, the Salvation Army has been committed to ministering to young single women in need, both expectant and new mothers, in Ottawa over the past century. Although aspects of this ministry have changed (significantly to include the needs of young fathers and couples), both the practical aspects of this service and its spiritual motivation have remained constant.
Prior to 1913 - Originally, the site of the program was known as a children's home called Redemption House.
Bethany Home was established by The Salvation Army as a maternity home.
Bethany Home moved to its Hintonburg site on Wellington St West.
Bethany transitioned into a maternity home, in partnership with the Grace Hospital (now Grace Manor) located next door.
Bethany Home faced a financial crisis which resulted in the closure of its residential beds. Bethany joined in partnership with other agencies, including St. Mary's Home, Youville Centre, Zonta Centre for Young/Single Parents and Emily Murphy Non-Profit Housing to form the Young/Single Parents Support Network* in 1995. The Bethany Hope Centre began services to young parent families.
100 years later, The Bethany Hope Centre moved to its current location at 820 Woodroffe Avenue.
*The Young/Single Parents Support Network continues with four of its founding agencies, (minus Zonta which has since closed).