One of Betel’s main principles is that entrance should be accessible to everyone, regardless of financial means. Thus, Betel will take 85% of a resident’s Centrelink payments to cover the basic accommodations costs.
The majority of funding for daily operations is generated through our charitable businesses and workshops, in which we train our residents (See Methods). We estimate that our centres in more than 90 cities save governments and families $26,400,000 AUD (@ $1,000/month x 12 months x 2,200 individuals) annually in rehab fees alone, not accounting for millions more each year in reduced crime, courts, police, prison, and medical costs.
An additional source of private funding is the donations we receive from individuals and collaborating churches, companies and other charities. Our accounts are readily available for public scrutiny.