Bethel Village Women and Children Ministry of Panama City Rescue Mission (Panama City, FL)


  • Name:Mrs. Cathy Byrd
  • Title:Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Bethel Village Women and Children Ministry of Panama City Rescue Mission
  • Address:1313 E. 11th Street
    Panama City, FL 32401
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:850-914-0533
  • Main fax:888-297-2964

Organization Web

User Address

  • Address:4427 Tropical Dr.
    Panama City, FL 32404
    United States

User Phone

  • Mobile phone:850-630-2725
  • Home phone:850-763-8012

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • The purpose of the Panama City Rescue Mission and Bethel Village is to provide environments where the gospel of Christ’s love and compassion heals and equips people to be successful in overcoming life’s adversities.

    Bethel Village Goals:
    - To provide temporary safe sanctuary, evaluation, and referral for women and children in housing crises
    - To support women in moving toward permanent solutions to homelessness, unemployment, and other obstacles to successful living through healthy Christian community
    - To increase the long term success rate for women seeking substance abuse recovery by supporting their commitment to becoming productive Christian members of their community and church family
    - To increase the effective ministry of volunteers and students, helping both develop valuable relationships and become more effective members of the body of Christ

    We provide shelter to women seeking permanent solutions to homelessness.

  • Overview:
  • Continuum of Care includes:
    Emergency Shelter
    • 1st visit – 5 consecutive business days –Evaluation and referral
    • 2nd visit – 5 consecutive business days –Enrollment in a program, if eligible,
    • 3rd visit – 2 -3 consecutive business days –Enrollment in a program, if eligible
    All guests will be administered daily breathalyzer and random drug screenings. Zero tolerance and alcohol/drug free facility will be enforced. Those not enrolling in Transitional programs will be referred to another agency. One meal per day (supper) will be served Mon-Fri for non-program guests at Bethel Village. Supper is served Monday through Friday to the public at the Downtown Mission campus starting at 4:30pm.

    Transitional Programs
    Fast Track –Expected stays of up to 6 weeks – For those who are awaiting the start date of a job, an expected check, identified housing availability, a bus ticket home, etc. These clients are able and expected to be back on track in a short time. Attendance at Chapel services, Bible studies, and sweat equity through service at the Mission are required.

    Other Transitional – Up to 3 months –For those needing assistance in recovering from life’s unexpected adversities – health challenges, job/home loss, family dysfunctions. They may be receiving resources (by referral) from other Homeless and Hunger Coalition member agencies, veterans, individuals awaiting the near-term start of benefits, or felons transitioning out of recent incarceration. Clients in the transitional program will remain alcohol/substance abuse free –(routine testing required) and will receive job and housing referrals/assistance. Case management, church attendance, and Chapel services are mandatory and Bible studies or other meetings may be required, as available. Sweat equity through service at the Mission is required. Applicants must meet application criteria and demonstrate initiative and self-directed progress toward agreed upon goals.

    Work Program – Available for 3 to 5 months -Participation in this transitional program requires stable full-time employment (30 hrs +), not part time or day labor income. Clients receive room and board, a clothing voucher, money management and life skills training, and case management. They also attend Sunday worship, Chapel and Bible studies. Participants are required to save 50% of their weekly pay in order to prepare for independent living.

    Substance Abuse Recovery Program
    Life Recovery Program-12 months – Long term Recovery/Discipleship for those with substance abuse issues that have hindered self-reliance. In-depth study and discipleship occurs in a daily walk with Jesus and students become contributing members of the Christian community. Components include a Christian twelve step curriculum, work therapy, education, job skills training, counseling, mentorship and preparation to participate in internships or the Work Program after completion. Evaluation, Phases 1, 2, and 3.

    Crossroads – 3-6 months – Program graduates who have obtained full-time employment in the community may continue residing at the Mission/Bethel Village until they have built up resources and job security to move to complete independence.

    Alumni Programs (Aftercare Outreach)
    First Friday Fellowship (Bethel Village) – Monthly gatherings of Bethel Village women’s program alumnae, volunteers, and friends for fellowship, activities and community service projects.

    Social Media Support-‘ Bethel Villlage Alumnae and Friends’ Facebook page, Bethel Village website page

    Aftercare Counseling- Six months of accountable aftercare during transition, meeting regularly with case manager with specific goals.

    Volunteer / Mentor Programs
    Men of Valor – Mentoring program for Christian men from various churches. Volunteering for PC Rescue Mission’s men’s ministry needs, projects, fund raising and recreation opportunities. Providing mentors for male students in the substance abuse program.

    Proverbs 31 – Mentoring program for Christian women from various churches. Volunteering for Bethel Village’s women’s ministry needs, projects, fund raising and recreation opportunities. Providing mentors for women students in the substance abuse program. (Nov 2013)

  • History:
  • Bethel Village was founded in 2004 as part of Panama City Rescue Mission to provide services to a growing number of women and children seeking emergency shelter and short term transitional evaluation and referral for homelessness and to provide recovery services to those with substance abuse and addiction. It has grown from serving 10-15 women in long term recovery to 60 a year. Over 150 women and children are served annually in emergency shelter.

    In September 2013 the women's ministry relocated to larger quarters at a former retirement center. The growth in capacity went from 35 beds to 51 beds. We are able to retain women in the long term recovery program for up to 20 months, developing employment skills and stabilizing them in permanent employment and housing.

  • Year established:2004
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:11
  • Advisory board size:6
  • Staff size:13


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Unknown
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID: