Pasadena based, Bethlehem Community Development Center (BCDC), has recently been awarded $496,578 by the Administration on Children Youth and Families’ Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for BCDC’s Hope for Street Youth (HSY) Program. This program will provide street outreach services to homeless youth, runaways and parents via school and community agencies. The ultimate goal is to reunite families and provide these youth with the services they need to survive and thrive in our community. BCDC is an access point in the community for youth development, transitional assistance (for ex-offenders, homeless youth and adults, and the unemployed), and other compassionate services.
State Assemblymember Anthony Portantino attended the check presentation event. He said, “I think that this program is tremendously important . . . to have a program like this in Pasadena that is going to identify, find and reunite children with their families and with their siblings to help them transition into adulthood is a good thing.” Tina Williams representing the office of Pasadena City Councilmember Jacque Robinson also spoke of this important program. She commented, “when an agency receives an award, we celebrate because now there’s another resource for youth in our community.”
The award was presented to BCDC’s Executive Director, Pastor Christopher Bourne, by Luvina Beckley Knight, the CEO of M.H.M. and Associates. Pastor Bourne acknowledged MHM’s help in securing these funds for BCDC, “they’ve been able to direct us in fulfilling our vision and dreams, so I’m very thankful for all of the hard work that they do.” Toni Tryon-Dickson from Bourne Inc is another partner with BCDC and provides emergency shelter services for youth. Regarding their role in this program she said, “We are looking forward to something great and marvelous with this partnership.”
BCDC is headquartered at the Bethlehem Church of Christ ‘Holiness’ located at: 1550 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103. For more information regarding this program, please contact Pastor Bourne at (626) 794-5211.