The Men’s Warming Center started 14 years ago in the winter of 2007 as a seasonal warming center for homeless men to find a warm meal and a safe place to sleep each night. Originally established through a partnership with the Salvation Army, United Way of York County, and the City of Rock Hill, the warming center gained a permanent home in 2009 at Bethel United Methodist Church, where it remains today.
As the need for homelessness services continued to grow in the tricounty area (York, Chester, and Lancaster Counties), the Bethel Men's Warming Center began sheltering more and more men each season. Because of this tremendous need and the commitment of Bethel, its partners, and passionate community members, in April of 2019, rather than closing its doors as it does at the end of each warming season, the Bethel Men’s Warming Center remained open and officially became the Bethel Men’s Shelter, the first and only year-round emergency shelter in the tricounty area.
Now a permanent shelter for homeless men, Bethel Men’s Shelter continues to offer all clients a warm meal and a safe place to sleep each night. Bethel has also expanded its services to include case management for all men. An on-site social worker conducts intakes and assessments with all men, and offers them a number of services and resources.