With Betel, like respected Christian communities of the past, residents gradually work problems through in an environment based on 2 simple and time-honoured concepts:
- Extended Family: Residents build meaningful relationships by inspiring hope and self-esteem in an atmosphere of acceptance and love
- Meaningful Work: Residents help to fund their own recovery by working in one of our charitable businesses. This significantly reduces the financial burden on their families and the government while restoring self-dignity and a sense of purpose. The result is that, on leaving Betel, they contribute positively to their own family life and society
Meaningful work is vital to long-term recovery. It takes many forms, from the gentle introduction to the necessity of daily chores in our residences, to the responsibility of managing a Betel business in the local community. Daily teamwork helps to build job skills, diligence, punctuality, dependability, self-esteem and respect for supervisors.
Residents are supervised and orientated to the realities of today’s working world in one of Betel’s workshops or businesses, namely:
- Hospitality industry skills
- General household cleaning and maintenance
- Restoration and upholstery
- Garden maintenance and landscaping
- Painting and decorating
- Vehicle repair
We contract jobs with the local public, the government, businesses, churches and charities as our principle means of funding Betel’s charitable activities.