Betel began in Spain in the inner city barrio of San Blas, Madrid almost three decades ago when a small group of WEC International missionaries began to care for the needs of a few drug addicts and marginalized people.


Today its program and communities can be found in over 100 urban areas in 24 nations. While each Betel community has developed its own identity and personal approach in applying the Betel program to the needs of their people, Betel worldwide embraces the same principles and shares a common ethos.

Betel receive referrals of residents from a number of different agencies including: homeless hostels, Probation Services and courts, local communities, the Police, other voluntary drugs and alcohol projects, and churches and religious organizations.