Extraordinary People: Bethany House continues helping women in Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - For 40 years, the mission of Bethany House in Rochester has been to provide food, shelter, clothing, support, advocacy, and hospitality for women and children. Thanks to volunteers like Donna Ecker, Bethany House will continue to successfully help those in need.

"I often tell people that miracles happen every day, you just have to take note of it," Ecker, the director of Bethany House said. 

The miracles that happen at Bethany House are life changing -- guests are given a chance to have something more. 

"This is a stepping stone to move forward and there's a lot of resources that we get here," Sherry Nichols, a Bethany House guest said. "They help us move forward quickly. It's a stable home. It's like a family, community family. We all get along together, we work together."

"Whatever their need is, then we will help them get from this step to the next step," Ecker said.

"Donna is amazing," Nichols said. "She does everything that you ask her to do. If you need anything she's always there to help you do whatever you need to do."

Ecker's daily work with women coming off the streets and out of jails can be difficult.

"People that are here are dealing with some pretty traumatic issues and when you deal with people suffering from trauma, there is some trauma that you personally take in also," Ecker said.

But Ecker says the success stories and the miracles keep her going. After 45 days as guests, women move on to supportive living, or even their own apartments. 

It's Bethany House where they get the tools to move on. It's a full time job which Ecker does for free. 

"There wouldn't be enough money that you could pay me to get what I get from being here," Ecker said. "And, so that the money that comes in can be used for the women and children that are here because we're not paying out a salary for me to be here."

Click here to learn more about Bethany House.


More Stories

Don't Miss

  • Adam Interviews
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Buffalo Kickoff Live!
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Extraordinary People
  • Ask The Experts
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Games and Puzzles

Trending Stories

Latest News

Video Center