Cooking with Class!

Danielle O’Toole, a retired personal culinary instructor, recently began offering cooking classes at one of our homes. After reviewing possible menu ideas with our guests, she comes with the chosen meal fully cooked, as well as all the ingredients to cook the meal with our guests watching her instruction.  Her class is similar to the many cooking shows offered on television. Danielle goes through all the steps needed to prepare the meal, explaining what she is doing, the techniques being used, and ways to keep within a set budget.

For September, she showed our guests economical ways to prepare fried chicken, creamed spinach (you wouldn’t believe how easy it is!) and mac n’ cheese. While preparing the meal, Danielle offers tips as well as affordable and simple ingredient ideas to jazz up a meal.  Danielle enlists her circle of friends to contribute toward the cost of the prepared and instructional meals. Bethany House is extremely grateful to Danielle for the generous donation of her time and expertise, and to her friends for the ingredients for the delicious meals. The women at Bethany House are eagerly awaiting their next lesson and meal!  

Coming back after COVID-19

Aside from the obvious health concerns and difficulties that COVID-19 brought upon Bethany House, another unfortunate side affect from the pandemic was that the volunteer and extracurricular activities that make our homes so lively and enjoyable for our guests had to come to a halt.  Recently, however, with safety protocols in place and the pandemic in a better place, we are so excited and grateful to bring all of these activities back with a boom! 

A Women’s Empowerment Group has deeply engaged many of our guests, providing insightful activities for them to participate in.  Mindfulness Bingo, Would You Rather, Trivia Night, Vision Boards and Painting Birdhouses are all sessions that have been held for the women in our homes to facilitate a fun activity while providing therapeutic services to them.  

Reading partners, game night, financial literacy and movie night are other events that are underway at our houses.  Special thank you to all of our volunteers and interns who make these great events happen.  If you would like to volunteer with Bethany House, please visit

Moving Up Party

Volunteers from Unified Women’s Healthcare joined Bethany House in celebrating all of the academic success our guests have achieved over this past school year. Unified Women’s Healthcare generously donated a delicious meal, decorated our homes with balloons, and facilitated games with our guests. 

First Garden Tour Great Success

Our first annual Garden Tour was a wonderful success!  Thanks to all our supporters who strolled through the magnificent gardens of three homes and a community garden in Rockville Centre, as they were guided by the owners of the properties and volunteers.  This was followed by a delightful lunch at Chat Noir, where Maggie Gray of New Leaf, Inc. demonstrated how to create a container garden.  Her secret?  Include thrillers, spillers and fillers!  Special thanks, of course, go to our gracious garden hosts – Marty Bevilacqua, Nadine & Don Gelestino, and Karen & Wayne Lipton!  They were so kind to receive all the visitors to their homes in support of the women and children at Bethany House. Almost $2500 was raised to be used for ancillary services to our residents. Plans are underway for another Garden Tour next June in 2023. Anyone interested in having their gardens featured can send photos to:

Please visit our website,, to see more photos of this beautiful day.

Pride at Bethany House!

Bethany House says thank you to John Donlon for donating not just the food and decorations for our pride celebration but for also donating his time and voice to us. John was able to share his knowledge of the LGBTQ+ community as well as his own life stories with us. During the celebration we decorated the house in rainbow streamers and balloons with the help of our guests and kids, listened to music by LGBTQ+ artists and icons from a playlist that one of our guests prepared for us, and engaged in conversations about LGBTQ+ struggles, realities, and histories. After the celebration one of our guests said, “These are the kinds of conversations I want my daughter to be able to be a part of.”