Lynda K. Powell and The Bethel Foundation
(Nominated by Hilda de Leon Xavier)
On December 10th, the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights
Alliance will honor human rights heroes from around our
great state. A recognition program will take place at the
State Capitol. More information can be found here:
It was Lynda Powell’s experience as a struggling single mother that led her to dedicate her life to provide opportunities for others. Lynda founded the Bethel Foundation in 2004, with the mission of making single mothers more productive citizens. She works daily to help alleviate the roadblocks that keep single mothers from taking steps to provide a better life for themselves and their children.
In addition to serving single mothers and their children, the Bethel Foundation also serves many others who need help. For example, after the Moore tornado of 2013, FEMA and the American Red Cross started referring tornado victims to the Bethel Foundation.
Lynda Powell writes, "While we started out as a Single Mothers ministry and still our main focus, we are now serving so many others that need our help." Bethel Foundation is now recognized as a Long Term Recovery Agency that helps in many different ways.
Her foundation provides support through mentoring, rehabilitation and quality housing options designed to help struggling single mothers get back on their feet. Since the Bethel Foundation began almost a decade ago, the Oklahoma City nonprofit has helped more than 58,000 single mothers, single fathers, children and families (through 2014). By the time 2015 is over, they will have served another 10 to 12,000 people.
Bethel Foundation in the News:
"Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control."
--Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights