Bethel New Life, Inc.

CHICAGO, IL

Mission

Bethel New Life empowers individuals, strengthens families, and rebuilds west side neighborhoods through community driven, solution-oriented, and value centered approaches.

Vision

Bethel New Life, Inc. deploys a network of wellness partnership programs and initiatives that prepare individuals, families, and neighborhoods to be healthy and well through all stages of life.

Mildred Wiley Wellness Hub

We are in the midst of a campaign to create the Mildred Wiley Wellness Hub which will be centered around an urban farm. It will create, in its first phase, a horticultural center with space for classes and gardening activities. The next phase will expand the Hub to include a café, fitness center with additional and revitalized outdoor spaces. Further investments in the campus will enable broader programming and more community engagement. The Hub is not only a physical location on our campus, the Hub also represents the pulling together, and holding together programs, building connections within the community and between our Wellness Partners. 

Values

At Bethel New Life, our values and philosophy aim to provide comprehensive care that addresses 10 different dimensions of wellness. We believe that by taking a holistic approach to health, we can more effectively serve our community and help individuals achieve their best possible quality of life.

Social Wellness

The ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world.

Spiritual Wellness

The ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives.

Emotional Wellness

The ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring.

Physical Wellness

The ability to maintain a healthy quality of life without undue fatigue or physical stress.

Environmental Wellness

The ability to recognize our own responsibility for the quality of the environment that surrounds us.

Intellectual Wellness

The ability to open our minds to new ideas and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions, group interaction and community betterment.

Occupational Wellness

The ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in our lives.

Financial Wellness

The ability to identify your relationship with money and skills in managing resources. An intricate balance of the mental, spiritual, and physical aspects of money.

Civic Wellness

The ability to feel obligated, responsible and deserving of one’s right and duties of citizenship, and of how government works.

Art Wellness

The ability to express oneself in a highly diverse range of human activities engaged in creating visual, auditory, or performed artifacts.

Bethel New Life Inc.

Message from Bethel New Life CEO & President

Greetings to all who share a connection to Chicago’s West Side. I am Sharif Walker, President and CEO at Bethel New Life, Inc. An organization with a rich and deeply rooted history of providing holistic wellness services to those individuals and families with the most need. I am honored to serve community from a position of great responsibility and expectation.

My family moved to the West Side in the early nineteen-nineties. Recommitted in marriage after over a decade of divorce, my parents having endured early career and economic challenges found themselves in a more stable position to support our family and searched for a home that represented that new-found stability. The one caveat that accompanied that search was that it be in a community that needed the same supports that were available in the economically challenged community of my childhood; good neighbors with strong family values that together formed a support network forged with shared resource and resiliency. The community was Austin!

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Today, my family remains in Austin. As an intergenerational household, we occupy the same home that we purchased thirty-something years ago. A home where I raised my daughter who graduated from Michelle Clark High School during the onset of the pandemic in 2020. Covid, George Floyd and other substantial occurrence uncovered a number of underlying inequities within our communities. And now it is incumbent upon those of us in positions of responsibility to form a new culture of wellness that moves us into more healthy community constructs for our individuals and families. I stand with the many that accept that challenge.

The Mildred Wiley Wellness Hub initiative is a program through partnerships model. Bethel’s commitment, my personal and professional commitment to action shaped around the concept of ‘from those who drive in from home to work at our local schools, and other key businesses, to those who stand as legacy residents, your personal and family wellness matters!’

Sharif Walker