Perseverance, growth, integrity, vision, and faith led me over to the Bethany house as the new Director. I am a passionate tenacious person that brings to the team over 20 years of Human Service experience along with a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. I thank the Bethany Team for allowing me the opportunity to pour my personal and professional experience in helping assist women in need of support.
Favorite Quote: "There is always light if only we're brave enough to see it.
If only we're brave enough to be it." - Amanda Gorman
SR. KAREN DIETZ
I was asked to consider the role of chaplain when it was becoming clear that maintaining the spiritual foundation of the ministry was essential and at the same time, easy to overlook. I have served in ministry in the Catholic diocese of Rochester for over 30 years and was well acquainted with the work at Bethany House. However, this knowledge does not compare to the experience of coming through the doors and witnessing first-hand the new life being birthed in woman after woman as they are able to rebuild their lives in an environment of safety and hope. I am inspired by their tenacity and fierce commitment to their personal journeys and this is only made possible with Bethany House as the anchor; as home.
Favorite quote: “Love casts out fear, but we have to get over the fear in order to get close enough to love them.” - Dorothy Day
Eviction and alcoholism brought me to Bethany House, where I was restored. I made an observation during my struggles that there are not enough resources in the community for homeless women. I vowed that if I were given the chance, I would become an advocate for women that are experiencing homelessness.
Favorite quote: "Make me a channel of your peace. Where there's despair in life let me bring hope, where there is darkness, only light, and where there's sadness ever joy..." - St. Francis