BCC – About / Mission / Vision
The Bethany Compassion Center (BCC) team is passionate about providing immediate relief in times of crisis, as well as guiding people toward long-term solutions. From groceries and school supplies to education, counseling services, and Christ-centered recovery, the BCC takes a holistic approach to serving people in need. Most of all, the BCC offers an environment of love, compassion, and hope, where authentic relationships can flourish.
The BCC is located in Everett, Washington, the largest city and county seat of Snohomish County. Within the Everett School District, 46% of the population lives below the federal poverty level and 22% of county residents are considered the “working poor” – struggling to stay above the poverty level. There has been an overall 50% increase in unsheltered homeless persons since 2013; the number of homeless students in the school district has more than doubled from the 2007-2008 school year. The Everett school district is projected to grow by another 1,600 students in the next decade.
The BCC seeks to be a hub for community connectivity to address these many needs for the most vulnerable in our area!
The Bethany Compassion Center exists to minister to the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of people throughout our community by bringing hope to the broken and care to the marginalized in Jesus’ name.
We live out this mission by sharing the hope and love of Christ while meeting basic needs and offering long-term solutions that transform lives.
· Dignity. We believe in treating each person with dignity and respect regardless of their ethnic, socioeconomic, or religious status.
· Hope. We believe true hope is found in a redemptive relationship with Jesus Christ.
· Transformation. We believe transformation occurs in the hearts of those serving and being served, as God redeems hurting people and broken situations.
See a hurt and heal it. Find a need and meet it. Look for emptiness and fill it. Detect hopelessness and change it. Watch for aloneness and comfort it.
Jesus says: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” ...When did we do this? “…whatever you did for one of the least of these…you did for me.’