Bethlehem Inn gets $75,000 donation toward new building

Community asked to help reach fundraising goal

BEND, Ore. - Bethlehem Inn announced Monday a $75,000 donation from The Bend Foundation in support of their Transforming Lives Together Capital Campaign. 

The Bend Foundation betters the lives of the Bend community through supporting educational and social welfare programs, arts and culture and preserving the environment.  The foundation, established and funded by Brooks Scanlon, Brooks Resources and its shareholders, has a history of investing in capital campaigns of local organizations that demonstrate how they serve critical needs and impact lives in the community, the announcement said.

Barb Hess, director of human resources for Brooks Resources, commented, “This is a compelling opportunity and a story that impressed the trustees.

"There are many programs in Central Oregon, but Bethlehem Inn’s program is very unique, with its goal of setting people up for success and giving them the tools to move forward.  Residents learn the necessary skills to connect with housing, education, employment and many other local resources that will take them to a brighter future.”

With nearly $4 million raised to date, this generous gift marks the largest donation thus far from a local foundation, the organization said.

“We are truly grateful for The Bend Foundation and their community support.  We are very excited to be at this stage in the campaign,” saud Gwenn Wysling, Bethlehem Inn executive director said. “We now ask the community to join the foundations and individuals that have helped us reach this stage in the campaign, by making a donation that will help us achieve the final goal.”

About The Bend Foundation

The Bend Foundation, established and funded by Brooks Scanlon, Brooks Resources and its shareholders, was originally formed in 1947 as a resource for injured loggers and mill workers. Following its mission to improve the lives of not only its employees but the residents of Bend, The Bend Foundation has grown to support social services, arts, culture and education in a thriving, growing and diversifying city. Over the years, The Bend Foundation has performed as a leader in our community by identifying and supporting key needs in an effort to maintain and improve the livability in Bend and throughout Central Oregon. For more information, visit

About Bethlehem Inn

Bethlehem Inn is Central Oregon’s largest emergency shelter; providing shelter, food and case management services to over 1,100 adults and children last year; 70,000 meals were served to those in crisis.  To learn more about Bethlehem Inn and how Transform Lives with Shelter, Help and Hope please call 541.322.8768 or visit  Donations may also be mailed to Bethlehem Inn, P.O. Box 8540, Bend, OR 97708.   Learn more about the Transforming Lives Together Capital Campaign here:

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