Who We Are 2020-08-16T16:04:44+00:00

Our Mission

We are dedicated to restoring homeless and substance-dependent people to productive, independent lifestyles. Our drug and alcohol rehab residences are drug and alcohol-free. (See Admission Procedures for more details).

We offer the opportunity of restoration to all persons at all times who seek help.

Values And Ethos

Betel’s ethos is founded in historic, mainstream Christianity. Thus, we put our emphasis in the restoration of personality that is found in the message and example of Jesus.

Whilst Betel residences and churches operate on Christian values and practices, anyone, regardless of race, gender or religion is welcome to participate in the life of each community.

Social Impact

Serving People’s Needs And Changing Neighbourhoods, One Life At A Time

In response to rising drug and alcohol abuse in our culture, we have worked to reduce homelessness, drug addiction, violence, crime and the civil insecurity associated with the disintegration of the family. We have received testimonies from individuals, families, judges, police and government officials of how the work of Betel is changing lives and impacting entire neighbourhoods in multiple nations.

Vision For Australian Expansion

Homelessness and substance abuse continue to escalate in Australia. In keeping with our pattern of growth in Spain and other nations, Betel is committed to expanding into every major city in Australia as properties and/or funding become available.

Commitment To Self-Sufficient Financial Principles

One of Betel’s main principles is that entrance should be accessible to everyone, regardless of financial means. Thus, we follow the Shalom House program model where each resident will fund his own rehab program from his Centrelink payments to cover rent etc. See Admission page for more details.

The majority of funding for daily operations, however, 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.




Betel International

In 1986 Betel received its first destitute men and women off the streets of Madrid, Spain. Since that time over 100,000 homeless, substance abusers and socially disadvantaged have been helped throughout the following countries:

  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Franc
  • United Kingdom
  • India
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • USA
  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • Bulgaria
  • Argentina
  • Czech Republic
  • Australia
  • Ireland
  • Nepal
  • Finland
  • South Africa
  • Brazil
  • North Africa and
  • Central Asia

Betel residences currently host approximately 2,200 recovering men and women in 90 cities in 23 nations. For contact details on Betel’s centres worldwide see the Asociacion Betel International Website.

Drug Free

Betel is a social work dedicated to restoring substance dependent and marginalized people to productive and independent lifestyles. Our residences are drug and alcohol free. We offer the opportunity of restoration to all persons who seek help.