Historically, the Salvation Army has been committed to ministering to young single women in need, both expectant and new mothers in Ottawa over the past century, Although aspects of this ministry have changed (significantly to include the needs of young fathers and couples) , both the practical aspects of this service and its spiritual motivation have remained constant.
Prior to 1913
Originally, it was known as a children's home - Redemption House.
Bethany Home was established by The Salvation Army as a maternity home.
Bethany Home moved to its Hintonburg site on Wellington St West.
Bethany transitioned into a maternity home, in partnership with the Grace Hospital located next door.
Bethany Home faced a financial crisis which resulted in the closure of its residential beds. Bethany joined in partnership with other agencies, including St. Mary's Home, Youville Centre, Zonta Centre for Young/Single Parents and Emily Murphy Non-Profit Housing to form the Young/Single Parents Support Network* in 1995. The Bethany Hope Centre began services to young parent families.
The Bethany Hope Centre moved to it's current location on 820 Woodroffe.
*The Young/Single Parents Support Network continues with four of its founding agencies, (minus Zonta which has since closed) and is supported with program enhancement by Brighter Futures for Children of Young Parents funded by the Ministry of Health.