1841 Fairmount Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45214
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Our mission Bethany House Services empowers homeless and at-risk families with solutions to achieve housing stability and long-term self-sufficiency.
COVID-19 Impact
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COVID-19 Impact Data
Volunteer hours lost 1,050.0
Financial loss $90,220
COVID-19 Data Details
Type of lost Amount Date Description
Volunteer Hours Lost1,050March, 2020Volunteers to assist with meals, child care, and administrative
$ Lost Resources (i.e. food)1,680March, 2020420 Meals provided weekly to guests by volunteers
Other $ Lost11,040March, 2020$690/week per family, to house in a hotel times 16 families
Other $ Lost77,500April 22, 2020Human Services Chamber

Bethany House Services

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Ways to help

Provide a Meal for our Families

There have been many changes BHS has had to make due to the spread of COVID-19. We officially moved our families to hotels to maintain safe social distancing. This has brought many changes to the typical volunteer dinner policy. Those changes are listed down below. We really appreciate your support during these crazy times. Location:4613… See full description
  • Children (5-12), Adults (18+), Child with Adult
  • One-time, Ongoing
  • Evenings
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • In-person, Delivery, Other

Child Care

Play games, read books, do a variety of arts & crafts or supervise outdoor play.
  • One-time, Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • None
  • Evenings

Provide Dinner

Prepare and serve dinner at the shelters Monday through Thursday in Fairmount or Bond Hill. Volunteers can cook dinner at home and heat it upon arrival or cook in our fully equipped kitchens.
  • One-time, Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Provide Breakfast

Prepare and serve breakfast at the shelters on Saturdays or Sundays in Fairmount or Bond Hill. Volunteers can cook breakfast at home and heat it upon arrival or cook in our fully equipped kitchens.
  • One-time, Occasional, Monthly
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekends

Office Assistant

Help with administrative projects, filing, answering phones, etc. (9am-5pm)
  • Weekly
  • 21+, 55+
  • Individuals
  • Office work
  • None
  • Weekdays

Third Party Fundraisers

Third Party Fundraisers are a great way to be involved! Host a fundraiser of your own! Gather a group to host small fundraisers such as a bake sale, car wash or pub crawl to raise funds for the many needs our families may have. Or arrange a supply/donation drive for items from our wish list.
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Speakers Bureau

Join our Speaker’s Bureau and be an advocate for Bethany House. Share information with the community by speaking at organizations and corporate group meetings, visiting churches or schools.
  • Occasional
  • 21+
  • Individuals
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Deep Cleaning Shelter Volunteer

We need volunteers to “super” clean both of our shelters in Fairmount and Bond Hill.
  • Monthly
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Corporate Teams
  • Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays

Special Event Committee

Join a Special Event Committee and help plan our 3 annual events. Plan, prepare and run Bethany House fundraising events throughout the year. Activities range from planning the event, making follow up calls to potential attendees, soliciting auction items, making auction baskets, and helping with setup and event registration. Or volunteer the day of the event to help with a variety of activities.
  • Monthly
  • 21+, 55+
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Corporate Teams
  • Office work, Event support
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Maintenance Volunteer

Handyman/woman needed to help maintain the shelter and staff offices. Bethany House's seven buildings need repair work on an ongoing basis.
  • Occasional
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Physical, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekdays
Items we need now

Food and cleaning supply donations needed

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, our Administrative staff is currently working from home.  However, Bethany House continues to provide shelter. If you are a family in need of emergency shelter, please call 513-381-SAFE or text 513-970-1515.  If you would like to donate food or cleaning products, our shelter staff will be grateful to receive your donations at 1836 Fairmount Avenue.  If you would like to make a cash donation to support the families in shelter at Bethany House, please click on the “Give Now” button at the top of the page.  For for more information about how you can support families in shelter at Bethany House, please call our main office (513-921-1131) number and leave a message. Thank you. Please be safe and healthy.
  • In-Kind Donations
  • Item Collection
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Help a Family in Need Today

HOW YOU CAN HELP! To help Cincinnati’s families move into their own housing, we give each family basic items needed to establish a home.
  • Bedroom
    • Pillows
    • Twin & Full size sheet sets
    • Twin & Full size comforters
    • Mattress & Pillow Bed Bug Covers
    • Twin and Full size Air Mattresses
  • Bathroom
    • Shower Curtains/ Liners/ Rings
    • Waste Basket
    • Toilet Brush/ Plunger
    • Towels
      • Hand
      • Wash
      • Body
  • Kitchen
    • Pots/ Pans
    • Glassware/ Mugs
    • Mixing Bowls (Plastic)
    • Silverware
    • Kitchen Utensils
    • Can Oper
    • Salt & Pepper
    • 13x 9 Pan
    • Cookie Sheet
    • Dish Towel/ Pot Holders
    • Trash Can/ Bags
    • Tupperware
    • Dishes
  • General Household
    • Laundry Basket
    • Broom/ Dustpan
    • Cleaning Supplies
    • Laundry Detergent
    • Dish Soap
    • Pack of Paper Towels
    • Mop/ Bucket
    • Pack of Toilet Paper
  • In-Kind Donations
  • Item Collection
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Ways to help youth thrive

Child Care Provider

Volunteering at Bethany House is rewarding, fun, and most important, makes a difference in the lives of homeless families. When you hep Bethany House with childcare, you get to play games, read books, do a variety of arts & crafts and supervise outdoor play. Childcare is Monday through Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at our Fairmount shelter, located at 1836 Fairmount, and our Bond Hill shelter, located at 1629 Joseph Street. Adults age 18 and older need to complete a volunteer application, have a background check ($10 fee) and tour the facility. We are looking for volunteers who can commit to helping once per week. 

  • Social Skills
  • Babies and Toddlers, Birth to 5, Elementary (5-10)
  • Different Large Groups
  • Homeless, Low Income Household
  • Nonprofit
  • Individuals
  • 1 Semester
  • 2 Hours/Week
  • Weekday Evenings
  • Minimal
How you help As the largest family homeless shelter in Cincinnati, we definitely need your help and support! Volunteers are an integral and significant part of fulfilling our mission. We rely on your support to make a difference in the lives of our families and we could not do what we do without YOU!
About us Bethany House Services (BHS) provides emergency shelter for families living on the streets, in their cars or abandoned buildings, and helps them achieve stable housing and income. The shelter meets each family's immediate needs for safety, housing, food and other necessities and provides a secure environment for parents to plan for their futures. Bethany House is the largest family shelter in Cincinnati serving over half of the families experiencing homeless in our community. Bethany House is the also largest provider of HUD-funded housing for families in the Cincinnati/Hamilton County Continuum of Care (CoC) offering Shelter Diversion, Rapid Re-Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing.
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