Northeast Ministry Receives a $35,000 Grant from R.K. Laros Foundation

BETHLEHEM, PA (January, 2019) Northeast Ministry, a non-profit social service agency serving the Marvine-Pembroke community of Northeast Bethlehem, has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the R.K. Laros Foundation, a non-profit charitable trust.

The support will provide a new security system for Northeast Ministry, which operates out of Bethlehem Housing Authority’s historical Marjorie B. Fink building. The high-quality system will include video surveillance cameras, exterior security lighting, intrusion detection, intercom entry system, and an access control system.

“The safety of children and families of Marvine-Pembroke is our top priority,” said Mrs. Paula Johnson, Northeast Ministry executive director. “This generous grant will allow Northeast Ministry to implement the appropriate safety features that all public buildings should possess. For the R.K. Laros Foundation to choose a small organization like Northeast Ministry to be the recipient of a large grant really shows that they believe in the impact we make in the Bethlehem community.”

The grant was presented on January 17, 2019 by representatives from the R.K. Laros Foundation including Mr. Ron Donchez, a former Board of Directors president of Northeast Ministry. Donchez expressed how impactful involvement and community outreach within the Marvine-Pembroke neighborhood was, including his relationship with organization founder, Sally Young.


About Northeast Ministry

Serving as the hub of the community, Northeast Ministry is a non-profit social service agency located in the heart of the low-income housing neighborhood of Marvine-Pembroke. Their goal is to offer programs and services to those in need in the community and to help them reach their highest potential. While many of their programs focus on the youth of the community, NEM’s food pantry is offered to individuals of all ages and the Connecting Seniors Program focuses on bringing the senior citizens of the community together. Since as far back as 1980, they have created a presence in the community that offers help and hope to those living in Northeast Bethlehem. To learn more about Northeast Ministry, please visit


About The R.K. Laros Foundation

Founded in 1952. The R.K. Laros Foundation, Inc, a non-profit charitable trust, was established by Mr. Russell K. Laros and Mrs. Helen K. Laros. The Foundation was established to support community non-profit organizations serving the arts, education, the environment, health, historical preservation and public and human services. The Foundation welcomes grant proposals for projects that will have a lasting impact for the organization and the community it serves. To learn more about The R.K. Laros Foundation, please visit