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5 Ways To Support National Adoption Month

Oct 29, 2015

Every child deserves a loving family, and Bethany has been bringing children and families together through adoption for more than 70 years. During National Adoption Month (November), we will be celebrating adoption champions like you and sharing many of your inspiring stories that underscore what …

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Connecting Hearts and Changing Lives

Oct 14, 2015

Each year in November, we mark National Adoption Month by celebrating families who have opened their hearts and homes to children in need and also by increasing awareness for the world’s estimated 144 million orphans. Families are especially critical for older children, sibling groups, and children …

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Dona's Legacy: Creative, Innovative Leadership

Apr 11, 2015

Social worker Dona Abbott has been with Bethany Christian Services for 38 years. As she reflected on her career, she said, “The Lord put me in the right place. I wanted to honor him wherever he placed me.” Currently branch director in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dona began her Bethany career as a …

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Bethany’s Presidents Leave a Legacy

Feb 16, 2015

As our country recognizes those who have served the highest office in the land on Presidents Day, we at Bethany remember our own organization’s presidents. In its 70-year history, four presidents have served: Hudson Nyenhuis, James Haveman, Glenn DeMots, and our current president, William …

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Andrew VanderVeer: Bethany’s First Father

Oct 08, 2014

Andrew VanderVeer, a Christian Reformed Church missionary who ran the West Fulton Street Mission in Grand Rapids, Michigan, loved children. As a Grand Rapids Press article about the beginnings of Bethany Christian Services said, “He had long worked closely with Kent County Probate Judge John Dalton, …

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Mary DeBoer: Viewing God’s Work with Wonder

Sep 24, 2014

When God puts dreams in the hearts of those who love Him, He grants them strength and opportunity to see those dreams become reality. Mary DeBoer’s trust in His provision for her dream made all the difference in Bethany Christian Services’ beginnings and mission to meet the needs of vulnerable …

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The Dream in Marguerite's Heart

Aug 20, 2014

Each of God’s people carries a vision He has placed in their heart—a dream nourished when they say yes to small steps as well as to heart-racing leaps of faith. Marguerite Bonnema, one of the three cofounders of Bethany Christian Services, carried her dream for decades, staying faithful and focused …

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YouthBuild Orientations Set for Young Adults Committed to Change

Jul 14, 2014

Bethany Christian Services is offering orientation sessions this month to encourage eligible candidates to consider application for their next YouthBuild session. YouthBuild is a program open to low-income residents of Kent County in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who have dropped out of traditional …

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5 Simple Steps Toward a Healthy Balance

May 28, 2014

Do you have a healthy balance in your personal and professional life-or do you need to "work at work" toward a healthy balance?A year-end staff survey on employee engagement was sent out to our staff in 2013. Approximately 33 percent of our participating employees indicated they struggle with …

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God’s Hand in My Life

Dec 19, 2013

Today we would like to introduce Kiana Carr, one of our pregnancy counselors. We hope you enjoy learning more about her and seeing how God has directed her path including to Bethany.   I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and I was adopted when I was just 7 months old. So you could say adoption has …

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