Betel’s objective is to help residents rebuild their own lives through community responsibility and shared decision making. As residents’ motivation and stability improve, with time and experience, they are gradually given more responsibility for supervising household duties and monitoring daily work. Their example helps to encourage less-experienced residents. The result is a community that is  peer-motivated and guided.

Most residents are offered an entrance date the day they are interviewed. They spend their first two weeks adjusting or “getting to know us” before joining a daily work team. Everyone learns basic life skills and is responsible for his own personal care: sharing in community meal preparation, washing up, house cleaning, clothes washing, bedroom tidying, gardening, etc.

Struggling with drug or alcohol problems?


Betel UK is an independent Christian charity for men, women and families affected by drug, alcohol addiction and homelessness. Through work, well-being and worship, we restore broken lives.

The Ark project can offer support and help to gain a place in one of the Uk's leading drug and alcohol residential rehabs..


How it works..call us and we will come and meet you, then arrange a time for us to call Betel, once they have spoken to you and offered you a place, we will arrange transport for you. FREE, support you all the way through and when you leave.


Betel’s Methods & Principles












Entering and Exiting Our Residences

All of our residents enter and exit voluntarily. We suggest men and women plan to join us for a minimum of 12 to 18 months. Everyone is required to do a telephone interview before being offered entrance. Following the interview, we receive people quickly, usually within one to five days of making their first contact. We accept residents of 17 years (with parental permission) and older.

Our Method Is To Model Freedom

Residents soon discover that life at Betel is not a goal-oriented programme but rather a commitment to daily choice—to aspire to the values and pursuits of a new and healthier lifestyle, as modelled by mature Christians. In the “advance at your own pace” environment, residents observe and learn character-building principles. They live them out at home and at work, building strong foundations for a stable future
—off the streets, with the will to work, and living drug- and alcohol-free.

Community leaders and their immediate families live on-site. They form an integral part of the extended-family atmosphere. The most capable and compassionate of Betel “graduates” are often invited to become support staff. Having “been through it”, their firsthand experience and lessons learned are an invaluable encouragement to newer residents.


Responsibility and Self-Care





















































Success Through Family and Work

With Betel, like respected Christian communities of the past, residents gradually work problems through in an environment based on two simple and time-honoured concepts:

Extended Family

Residents build meaningful relationships, inspiring hope and self-esteem, in an atmosphere of acceptance and love.

Meaningful Work

Residents help to fund their own recovery by working in one of our charitable businesses. This significantly reduces the financial burden on their families and the government while restoring self-dignity and a sense of purpose. The result is that, on leaving Betel, they contribute positively to their own family life and society.

Meaningful work is vital to long-term recovery. It takes many forms, from the gentle introduction to the necessity of daily chores in our residences, to the responsibility of managing a Betel business in the local community. Daily teamwork helps to build job skills, diligence, punctuality, dependability, self-esteem and respect for supervisors.
Residents are supervised and orientated to the realities of today’s working world in one of Betel’s workshops or businesses, namely:

Furniture repair
Restoration and Upholstery
House Removals and Clearances
Garden Maintenance and Landscaping
Tree Surgery
Painting and Decorating
Charity Shop Retail Sales
Vehicle Repair
Catering

We contract jobs with the local public, the government, businesses, churches and charities as our principle means of funding Betel’s charitable activities.

Long-Term Change




Betel’s objective is to help residents rebuild their own lives through community responsibility and shared decision making. As residents’ motivation and stability improve, with time and experience, they are gradually given more responsibility for supervising household duties and monitoring daily work. Their example helps to encourage less-experienced residents. The result is a community that is  peer-motivated and guided.

Most residents are offered an entrance date the day they are interviewed. They spend their first two weeks adjusting or “getting to know us” before joining a daily work team. Everyone learns basic life skills and is responsible for his own personal care: sharing in community meal preparation, washing up, house cleaning, clothes washing, bedroom tidying, gardening, etc.

Call today for help & advice 0800 7720 318

UK 0118 449 23 43

Int +44 118 449 2343

Free helpline 0800 772 0318

Contact our team


Registered Charity Number 1172988