FRANCISCAN FAMILY CENTER
The Franciscan Family Center was established in Bethlehem in 2004 to provide professional counseling to those Christian families who have suffered psychological trauma from the armed conflict in Bethlehem as well as providing educationally sponsored programs for children and adults. The Center collaborates with the Franciscan Latin Parish (St. Catherine‘s) in Bethlehem to promote services and assistance for Christian families.
“FFC HAS ALSO CREATED PROGRAMS FOR EMPLOYMENT
FOR THE BETHLEHEM COMMUNITY
AS WELL AS WORKING WITH THE MARGINALIZED CHRISTIAN FAMILIES
TO ASSIST IN UPGRADING THEIR RESIDENCES.”
We strive to promote not only the development of strong family ties through mutual respect and support, but to restore and raise the dignity of families and individuals from both a spiritual and material perspective. Our mission is to serve the community through education, faith sharing, building awareness and concern for each other through numerous programs offered by the Franciscan Family Center. We are here to uplift and restore dignity to the Christians of Bethlehem.
“YOUR KIND SUPPORT HAS BEEN CRUCIAL AND REWARDING.
IT HAS TOUCHED THE LIVES OF SO MANY FAMILIES
AND HAS CONTRIBUTED IMMEASURABLY
TO THEIR WELL-BEING AND HAPPINESS.”
Religious education remains one of the priorities of the Christians living in the Holy Land. The Program seeks to encourage benefactors to assist with the cost of tuition. At present, we already help 70 boys and girls coming from low income families. The Program strives to do this with the knowledge that the only alternative is that our children would are forced to attend government schools that follow a completely Muslim curriculum. We do not wish to see financial deprivation forcing our students to receive a curriculum that goes against their religious culture.
Meanwhile, the Franciscan Family Center is still providing counseling services on a daily basis for those looking for refuge and respite. Also the Women’s Meeting has assumed wider dimensions. The Marriage Preparation service is becoming increasingly in demand with the result that, like last year, the course had to be organized twice owing to the ever increasing demand of interested couples wanting to attend.