(Orange, Texas)

May 25, 2013

Bethesda House could offer hope for youth

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Pastor Demetrius Moffett of The First Church of God - Orange is striving to put unity back into community.

Moffett believes there is a need for churches to meet the community at their points of need, such as establishing Bethesda House.

Bethesda House will be a substance abuse and psychological care system. Bethesda means mercy according to a packet given to the Orange City Council on May 14.

Moffett made a request to the council at that time for assistance in the removal and demolition of the buildings located at 106 John Street, the old Wallace High School.

“It is not just for the those in the legal system,” Moffett said as reported in a previous Orange Leader article. “It could also be used for prevention.”

Moffett said the facility would help increase the chances of the young men in the community.

The House would also help young men acquire vocational skills.

“I am very pro-male,” Moffett said. “If we don’t invest in the young males of the community, the future is going to die.”

Moffett also said that giving young men the tools for survival is the major key to success.

The vision statement for the program reads “Develop a substance abuse and psychological care system with the appropriate resources to ensure provision of effective and efficient services for our community.”

Bethesda House is not solely about rehabilitation but for transforming young men in trouble into productive members of the community.