Located in Visalia, the Bethlehem Center is one of the only dining halls that provides hot food prepared daily. Also providing Visalia’s needy families of the community with pantry food boxes. The Bethlehem Center is one of few places that needy families can turn to in time of need; Reaching out to those without a house to live in, by offering clothing and laundry vouchers to its impoverished population. Through the help of volunteers and everyday people from the community, the Bethlehem Center is able to help

Those struggling with alcohol and drug abuse, by offering resistance and abstinence programs held onsite. Meetings are scheduled weekly, and those seeking help by these means, can find room to join here. Expanding its horizons, the Bethlehem Center has also opened up a thrift store to keep up with the demand for affordable clothing. Donations are what really keep this non-profit going, so any contributions are welcomed whole heartedly. The Bethlehem Center aims to create a better environment by giving hope and attention to those who have been stricken with bad luck or those who simply cannot afford basic human necessities.

The Bethlehem Center is a mission of the Catholic Church of Visalia dedicated to provide food and clothing to those in need in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

Meals are served in our dining hall 7 days a week 365 day a year. Meals are served twice a day. Breakfast starts at 8 A.M. and Lunch at 11:30 A.M. On the weekends, only lunch is served.

Pantry food is also offered Monday thru Friday 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. at our in-take office located at the Bethlehem Center.

Hygiene packets, clothing and laundry mat services are offered to the Homeless of the Visalia Community. Needy families of the community are able to receive laundry service.

Bethlehem Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization

Our History

The Bethlehem Center, formerly known as Sister Ursula’s Kitchen, was established in 1985. Just north of where the Bethlehem Center is now, Sister Ursula opened a small kitchen in an old two-story building. Located north of the city limits, eighty or so individuals were fed daily.

In 1987 Sister Ursula retired and Sister Kenneth took over the directorship and the Center became known as the Good News Center. That same year Sister Kenneth purchased the present-day Bethlehem Center building and eventually acquired the surrounding property to expand services to the needy of the community.

At one time the Bethlehem Center used two mobile homes to temporarily house 10 needy families at a time. The families were provided food at the dining hall and were required to go out each day to search for employment while childcare was provided during the day. As the years went on additional services were added, such as health care and immigration services. In 2011 the Catholic Church of Visalia assumed responsibility for The Good News Center and renamed it the Bethlehem Center.

Mission Statement

“Providing Food and clothes to those in need, and resources through community agencies, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect”