About Bethlehem Place
Bethlehem Place began more than 25 years ago as a mission of the Prosper United Methodist Church (PUMC). Scott Jones, then pastor for the church, encouraged the congregation to create programs for the betterment of our community. Empty baskets were placed in the church foyer to collect food for those in need. With the support of Prosper High School, food was stored and distributed from a field house on the football field.
As word spread the mission quickly grew beyond the congregation of PUMC. Additional Prosper churches and area residents joined forces to donate time and goods. The mission grew into a non-denominational, community-driven organization to support the area’s underserved residents. A shelter was erected on PUMC’s property to serve as its distribution center. Bethlehem Place, a 501c3 charitable organization, was officially born.
As Prosper and the neighboring communities have grown, so too has the demand for food. Bethlehem Place has seen a 25-to-30 percent increase in demand year-over-year. According to the Hunger Center of North Texas, more than 112,000 residents of Collin County lack consistent access to adequate food.
Today, our supporters include businesses, organizations, charities, churches and families. We have no paid administration so almost every penny gained from donations goes directly towards replacing our building and feeding the hungry.
Bethlehem Place is Prosper’s Food Pantry and fully supported by volunteers. We work within our community to ensure families within Prosper and surrounding area have food enough to eat to lead productive lives.
WE believe in maintaining LIFE not lifestyle.
OUR CORE VALUES
- Collaboration: To engage our community to work together to support underserved families
- Stewardship: To uphold public trust through the efficient distribution and use of all donations
- Service: To serve our community with excellence and compassion
- Respect: To appreciate the inherent worth and dignity of every individual
- Nourishment: To feed the body and soul
- Education: To enlighten our community and others about the impact of hunger
Bethlehem Place Leadership
- Executive Director: Betsy Winters
- Chair: Jeff Clarke
- Treasurer: Lolly Flores
Board of Directors
- Cathy Dean
- Michele Edson
- Kim Havard
- Rebecca Hunter
- Dottie Jones
- Molly Jones
- Tracy Kaip
- Dianne Kerr
- Christi Kimme
- Brenda Mueller
- Heather Thrasher
- Stay Wages