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About Bethany, Inc.

Founded in 1993, Bethany, Inc.'s mission has been to combat homelessness for families in Washington, D.C.

 

In 2004, Bethany opened the doors of an eight-unit apartment building in Anacostia and named it Good Hope House. Good Hope House provided affordable transitional housing and support services for seven women and their children each year.

 

In 2016 in an effort to support the Opening Doors strategy, Bethany began offering its apartment units to families in the Rapid Rehousing program. Much progress has been made, yet there is still much more work to be done. 

We now serve eight families a year in our eight unit apartment building.

Mission

To provide affordable housing and supportive services for families who are recovering from homelessness and who demonstrate a sincere commitment to return to independent living.

Vision

To develop a safe and loving community for homeless families recovering from life traumas, with special focus on the creation of a nurturing environment for the children.

Focus

By giving second and third chances, Bethany Inc. focuses on zero income to very low income homeless families who do not yet qualify for public and/or permanent housing programs, by building strength, self-sufficiency, stronger families and proud communities.

We hope that you will continue to support a shared vision of ending homelessness for families. 

History of Bethany, Inc.

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Why "Good
Hope House?"

Good Hope House received its name because of its proximity to "Good Hope Road" and because of the powerful meaning it connoted for our residents and the transformation we envisioned for their lives.

Our Staff

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Kiristan Leftwich
 
Executive Director 

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Charlyne A. Schofield is a native Washingtonian, raised in the northwest and southeast sections of the city. She attended Holy Redeemer Elementary, St. Patrick's Academy, Federal City College, and the University of the District of Columbia. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and a Masters in Business Administration, with concentration in Management. Her working career started at 17 years old after graduation working for the US Treasury Department, US Secret Service. She continued on to the US Department of Transportation, US Department of Justice, DC Superior Court and then returned to the US Department of Transportation where she retired with 28 years of government service. She became a Realtor for 23 years in the Maryland and DC markets. She has owned several successful small businesses. Her volunteer activities include mentoring youth at Jefferson Junior High, Cardozo Senior High School, and YeaGod teen program in Charlotte, NC; serving as Chief Judge at the voting precinct in Union County, NC; the Membership Chairperson for the Urban League of Central Carolinas; and volunteered at Atrium Health Hospital in Charlotte, NC working as a Domestic Violence Advocate.





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Kenyard Holland  
 
Maintenance Engineer

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Kenyard Holland has been working as the Maintenance Engineer at Bethany's Good Hope House location for close to two years. He enjoys the challenge of maintaining the building and providing the tenants of Good Hope House the satisfaction of knowing that they will reside in a clean and well-kept building. Kip has been a DC resident for eight years. He currently resides in the Woodridge area of Northeast Washington, DC. One way he gives back to his community is by being involved in youth sports in Washington, DC. He believes this role helps him make a positive impact on young people by providing them sound guidance to navigate through life's hurdles. Kip is currently coaching a 9-10 year old Little League team, based out of North Michigan Park Recreation Center. Previous to working at Bethany, Inc. some of the positions he held were Teachers Assistant, Facilities Coordinator, Payroll Clerk, Office Assistant, Document Flow Analyst and Mail Room Clerk.





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Anatolia Harper  
 
Administrative Manager

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Charlyne A. Schofield is a native Washingtonian, raised in the northwest and southeast sections of the city. She attended Holy Redeemer Elementary, St. Patrick's Academy, Federal City College, and the University of the District of Columbia. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and a Masters in Business Administration, with concentration in Management. Her working career started at 17 years old after graduation working for the US Treasury Department, US Secret Service. She continued on to the US Department of Transportation, US Department of Justice, DC Superior Court and then returned to the US Department of Transportation where she retired with 28 years of government service. She became a Realtor for 23 years in the Maryland and DC markets. She has owned several successful small businesses. Her volunteer activities include mentoring youth at Jefferson Junior High, Cardozo Senior High School, and YeaGod teen program in Charlotte, NC; serving as Chief Judge at the voting precinct in Union County, NC; the Membership Chairperson for the Urban League of Central Carolinas; and volunteered at Atrium Health Hospital in Charlotte, NC working as a Domestic Violence Advocate.





Board of Directors

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P. Carol Bullard-Bates
Founder and President

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Charlyne Schofield
Board Member

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Eleanor Lauderdale
Board Member

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Lurlene Sweeney
Board Member

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Charlyne A. Schofield is a native Washingtonian, raised in the northwest and southeast sections of the city. She attended Holy Redeemer Elementary, St. Patrick's Academy, Federal City College, and the University of the District of Columbia. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and a Masters in Business Administration, with concentration in Management. Her working career started at 17 years old after graduation working for the US Treasury Department, US Secret Service. She continued on to the US Department of Transportation, US Department of Justice, DC Superior Court and then returned to the US Department of Transportation where she retired with 28 years of government service. She became a Realtor for 23 years in the Maryland and DC markets. She has owned several successful small businesses. Her volunteer activities include mentoring youth at Jefferson Junior High, Cardozo Senior High School, and YeaGod teen program in Charlotte, NC; serving as Chief Judge at the voting precinct in Union County, NC; the Membership Chairperson for the Urban League of Central Carolinas; and volunteered at Atrium Health Hospital in Charlotte, NC working as a Domestic Violence Advocate.





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Lurlene D. Sweeney, born in Georgia, grew up in Washington, DC, and as an adult, moved to Prince George's County Maryland. She received a BS in Psychology from University of Maryland, University College and an MS in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola College in Maryland. She is a licensed practitioner in the State of Maryland where she works in private practice. Prior to entering private practice, she primarily treated women with co-occurring disorders while working for Prince Georgeʼs County Health Department. During her tenure there, she initiated a Mentoring Program, getting community volunteers involved in helping women in the Program successfully navigate transitioning from treatment to becoming responsible and productive members of society.

Sweeney’s current professional pursuits include providing therapy to adults--individuals and couples—working with organizations, public and private, as a consultant, trainer, and facilitator focusing on behavioral health problems. Her background also includes 30 years of Federal Government employment where she spent the last 15 years directing a national program for a military organization. Sweeney served as a distinguished member of a ground-breaking study that led to significant organizational changes—the Work-Life Study—addressing diversity and workforce issues affecting a military organization.

Sweeney is enthusiastic about her work as a volunteer at Anacostia International Assembly of God where she served faithfully for many years as a congressional leader and teacher. She has a long history of work in the community with her church in historic Anacostia. She has been involved in and led many initiatives that impact the local community and has worked tirelessly to bring positive change to the area. These efforts have helped improve the lives of individuals and families in the area by providing food, clothing, and toys along with intangible spiritual value that people need for a community to be healthy.

She is married to Robert Sweeney, Sr. They reside in Mitchellville, MD, and are parents of four--three sons, one daughter, and 10 grandchildren.





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Lurlene D. Sweeney, born in Georgia, grew up in Washington, DC, and as an adult, moved to Prince George's County Maryland. She received a BS in Psychology from University of Maryland, University College and an MS in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola College in Maryland. She is a licensed practitioner in the State of Maryland where she works in private practice. Prior to entering private practice, she primarily treated women with co-occurring disorders while working for Prince Georgeʼs County Health Department. During her tenure there, she initiated a Mentoring Program, getting community volunteers involved in helping women in the Program successfully navigate transitioning from treatment to becoming responsible and productive members of society.

Sweeney’s current professional pursuits include providing therapy to adults--individuals and couples—working with organizations, public and private, as a consultant, trainer, and facilitator focusing on behavioral health problems. Her background also includes 30 years of Federal Government employment where she spent the last 15 years directing a national program for a military organization. Sweeney served as a distinguished member of a ground-breaking study that led to significant organizational changes—the Work-Life Study—addressing diversity and workforce issues affecting a military organization.

Sweeney is enthusiastic about her work as a volunteer at Anacostia International Assembly of God where she served faithfully for many years as a congressional leader and teacher. She has a long history of work in the community with her church in historic Anacostia. She has been involved in and led many initiatives that impact the local community and has worked tirelessly to bring positive change to the area. These efforts have helped improve the lives of individuals and families in the area by providing food, clothing, and toys along with intangible spiritual value that people need for a community to be healthy.

She is married to Robert Sweeney, Sr. They reside in Mitchellville, MD, and are parents of four--three sons, one daughter, and 10 grandchildren.





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Patricia Carol Bullard-Bates is one of the founders of Bethany, Inc. and has been on the Bethany, Inc. board since its inception. She graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Philosophy in 1971, did some coursework in Psychology at Harvard University and Columbia University and then attended Washington University, receiving her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1976. She completed a three year postdoctoral training program in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida in 1979, and then worked at the University of North Dakota Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Forks, North Dakota as a clinical neuropsychologist until 1981. She then worked at the Royal Ottawa Rehabilitation Center until 1984 and at the St Vincent Hospital, both in Ottawa, Canada. In 1987 she moved to Washington, DC to join the staff at the National Rehabilitation Hospital as a neuropsychologist and has worked there ever since. She joined one of the faith communities of the Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC and became interested in the problems of homelessness and addiction in the Washington, DC area. She founded Bethany, Inc. with several others committed to the problem of homelessness, and recovery from addiction. The program opened in 2004 in SE Washington, DC.





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