Bethany House  is the name picked by our founder Father Charles McNaboe.

Bethany is a small village outside of Jerusalem. For Jesus it was a place where he could go when he needed to rest and, for a little while, escape the cares and problems of the world. Father McNaboe wanted Bethany House to also be a place of respite, a place where anyone who was hungry could come and get something to eat, a cup of coffee, and temporarily escape the cares of their day to day existence.

Father Mac started Bethany House as a soup kitchen feeding 18 people in 1982.



For over 30 years, Bethany House continues to carry on the original mission to “feed the hungry and shelter the homeless”.

Today we have grown to an entity that serves more than 30,000 meals each month to the indigent, the homeless, the homebound, or anyone who is hungry and asks for our help. We have also expanded our mission to provide temporary shelter in our Shelter Complex, and the Barbara A. Kazen Center for Hope to those who would not otherwise have a safe place to sleep, shower, wash their clothes or just have a moment of rest.

We are the only agency of our kind in Laredo. We serve three hot meals a day six days per week, deliver meals to the homes for the elderly and disabled and prepare meals for children’s programs throughout the city. Our Shelter Complex and the Barbara A. Kazen Center for Hope provide the city’s only public emergency shelter for men and women, as well as the only transitional housing for individuals and families. The Center for Hope is the city’s only resource center providing basic life amenities and case management to assist and guide people in their efforts to become self-sufficient.



The Need


  • 42.3{51d46d614afb6fdf1a48426d6e79a7e19ccf1eb67202bf95915a7ec26858454e} of children in are living below poverty.
  • Bethany House has experienced in recent years an increase of over 45{51d46d614afb6fdf1a48426d6e79a7e19ccf1eb67202bf95915a7ec26858454e} in applications for transitional housing.