3/31/16 I want to express my gratitude to the people and volunteers at Bethany Outreach. These people are some of the most caring people I have had the pleasure to associate with in my lifetime. the things they do for the Erie community needs to be recognized. They are there for anyone that needs help. I am so blessed to have met such a great group of people. Thanks, Bethany Outreach!
2/9/15 Diane, you and your staff continue to make people feel appreciated, safe, and comfortable when they volunteer for you. I love it when my clients get involved with Bethany. Thanks so much for all you do.
– Melanie Ivarone at Gaudenzia Erie
9/10/14 I am writing this to let you know what I have learned about doing community service at Bethany. The very first day that I came here, I worked in the clothes closet. I knew that I was not going to like it but I came back the next day and every day after that. The people here are very sweet and it felt like home so I kept coming back. This is a great group of people! So, if you need or want to do community service, this is the place to be! And, while you are here, if you need to talk to somebody – there is someone here to listen to you. Thank you very much for letting me be here!
– Jessica M. Barr
5/10/13 My name is Joseph Porterfield. I will say Outreach is such a fitting name for a place that reaches out and touches you when you are in need. Beside the fact that it helps the neighboring community with food for over a hundred people each week, along with it’s clothes closet that helps the less fortunate clothe their children and families, it has helped me out personally in a tremendous way.
Director, Diane, reached out to me when I felt like I didn’t know what to do or where to turn. I am a volunteer at Bethany Outreach! I was accepted unconditionally by Diane and staff in a loving atmosphere. I have been shown that there are still great people in the world who do not judge and who care and love any and all of God’s children. There are an abundance of people who depend on Bethany Outreach for food, clothing and learning. Classes are offered to assist people from all walks of life.
Personally, life lessons are also taught which I have learned at Bethany. I have been blessed by God to have Bethany Outreach, Diane and all those who assist here. It is a lesson in Life, hope, care and compassion!
– Joe Porterfield
5/1/13 My name is Danny. I’m a man with a hard past and have been asked by many people, “why even turn a new leaf now?” I had that question in the front of my mind for quite some time until I came to work at Bethany Outreach. I now see how it feels to focus on other people, people of many cultures, and not on myself. Helping out others makes me see that the world is full of issues that need to be addressed, if not by a group, then at least one family or one person at a time. There are many people who depend on Bethany Outreach for their daily lives, as well as for food, clothing and learning. Bethany has been a blessing for me as a broken man because I now see I’m part of life and I can do my part to love, help and care for others, as well as be proud of my self worth. Bethany has helped change my views on life and other people’s cultures.
A person’s life will change if a person changes their views on life. Before coming to Bethany to work, I had no knowledge of computers and couldn’t tell you one thing about it. Since coming here to work, I know basic computer and on Tuesday, sit in for computer classes and that has been a great help to me as well. The computers are a little older but still work, not as fast, but I can still learn and that’s my main concern.
Bethany Outreach has helped me in so many different ways and I know others can say the same. To me, Bethany Outreach means HOPE!
– Danny Knicely
Recently released from prison, Bethany Outreach affords me the Opportunity to re-acclimate myself into society at a slow, comfortable pace. Bethany took me in as a family of warm, loving, caring people. I have been fed, I have been clothed, I have begun to put the needs of others before the needs of my own. I am trusted. I am safe. I am hope. To me, Bethany means FAMILY – Jeff Stratton
5/1/12 I got my completion certificate today for Job Readiness. I now realize that I was filling out applications incorrectly. By using the information provided by Mark at Bethany, I now have two interviews scheduled and I will be better in the interviews. Marvin J
4/30 I would like to give my sincere heartfelt thank you to the staff of the Bethany Outreach Center, for all they have done for me in the past five months. For their non-judgmental actions, to the computer classes, to any and all the needs I’ve had, they have unselfishly given over and beyond any program I’ve been associated with or heard about. The community is blesssed and very lucky to have these individuals: Mark Catlin, Duane Worthley and Director Diane Gianneli as leaders of the Bethany Outreach Center orchestrating the food pantry, clothes closet, computer classes, job readiness course and lastly the sewing class. For those who wish to better themselves, and become self sufficient responsible citizens, I suggest they utilize these tools and meet these leaders. For these reasons and many more, I am blessed to have found what I now can call my new found friends. With sincere appreciation, Patrick Call
Dear Bethany Outreach, Enclosed is a small check to thank you for your help when I really needed it. You really don’t think it can happen to you until it does. Thank God I’m back to work now and am slowing getting back on my feet. Your food pantry and people who work there are The Best!
Lot’s of Love, Jim
Our neighborhood volunteer, Venola, has been volunteering her services for two years. She unloads the truck on Tuesday, passes out food on Wednesday and stops by during the week to see if we need help.
“Bethany was there for me and my family through hard times and tragedies and I want to give back. Bethany is a Christian friend to the community and I want to give back and I want to be a part of it.” – Venola Clanton
“Young mothers come in on the verge of tears because they need diapers or baby food for their infants and they have no place else to turn. Women come into the food pantry with an overwhelming sense of gratitude because they could receive a roll of toilet paper, some deodorant, or some other personal care product along with their food bag. These are things that most of us take for granted, but for way too many, they are luxuries.
Bethany Outreach has also been known to help people with various needs and something as simple as a hug or a few words of encouragement has gone a long way in helping a person to make a positive move in their lives. A few people have come to the Clothes Closet in the dead of winter wearing wafer-thin jackets and walked out wearing nice, warm winter jackets.
I personally, have been able to benefit from most of what is written above. Thank God for Diane and Bethany Outreach. I DO!” —Patty Range, a Bethany volunteer and client
“Diane, I do not know how well I would have handled this incarceration without your support. You have always been there exactly when I needed you. If you have any regrets in regard to me, please don’t. I truly appreciate everything you have done for me since the first day I walked into the Outreach Center. Your genuine love and concern for me has truly inspired me to change…to be a healthier – better person. I can never say enough times how you made me believe I am worth loving because you loved me in spite of my flaws and you didn’t have to love me or help me. I cannot wait to see my children and then you. I just can’t wait to begin the next chapter of my life. I am very excited. I love you very much and am truly grateful for your love.” — Tina
“I thank the Lord every day for you (Bethany). You help a lot of people out. I only come when I need it. I ride my bike. You have a lot of nice clothes you give out but since I don’t need them, I don’t go there anymore.” —Darlene Hurst, 60 years