BETHESDA LUTHERAN COMMUNITIES

Rating: 4.75 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Health, Human Services, Religion

Location: 600 Hoffman Dr Watertown WI 53094 USA

Mission: To enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ.
Results: We have expanded to have 290 neighborhood homes in 13 states and serve over 2000 individuals with various programs that carry out our mission of empowering individuals with disabilities.
Target demographics: We aim to provide enhanced quality care for the physical and spiritual lives of individuals with disabilities of any kind. Children - adults of all ages.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Serving over 2000 people with disabilities
Programs: We offer opportunities for individuals to serve and spend time in the communities in which they live. Many individuals supported by Bethesda volunteer at non-profit organizations, sell food at farmers markets or spend time at nursing homes visiting with residents. Individuals also enjoy attending festivals and concerts. Bethesda group homes are set in the community, offering individuals the opportunity to enjoy everyday life. We also offer vocational training and Day Services programs to people who are supported in our own homes, those who live with family or those served by other providers. Individual's abilities and preferences determine the activities in which they participate. In some cases, jobs are discovered through the newspaper or arranged by case managers. Then, individuals are matched to positions through a process that determines their skills and interests. Some have Bethesda job coaches, assisting the employee and employer, others work without assistance. 

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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked as a DSP at Easthaven in WI and had a wonderful experience. ! On a daily basis I could see the impact we had on our clients by taking the time to care for them and give them the attention they need and deserve. The staff that I worked with were enjoyable! I really felt like I made a difference and it made a difference in me as well. I look forward to establishing this type of needed work in the foreign country of Malawi, Africa !

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm so sorry to hear about MrsBills story and yet SOOO impressed with how she rated Bethesda. I am glad to know a Christian ex-employee has such a great attitude and that both he and his wife would rate Bethesda so high. Being an organization of several thousand employees, it's not easy to have such high ratings unless the org is that great at their focused business. I have heard great things. Your honest review is telling. You say you would volunteer there again. My prayers are with you and your husband in finding a new job. AND - I am going to support Bethesda in the future.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

My husband William Corley worked for Bethesda for two years and they fired him yesterday. A couple of his co-workers ganged up on him and told the boss he called one of the clients a filthy name. My husband is a Christian and doesn't talk that way. He loved his job and the clients loved him. I don't feel my husband got justice. This is Evergreen in Visalia, Ca

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I toured some neighborhood homes where Bethesda's people lived. WOW - they are living truly meaningful lives. I see Bethesda's people come to my church - St. Mark's, and worship so cheerfully. SO, I helped initiate & organize Luther Prep high school students to volunteer at the Watertown Bethesda Thrift store so that more people could impact the lives of people with disabilities. The students LOVE making a difference and working on Saturdays. I loved working with Bethesda and Luther Prep to form that partnership. EVERYONE wins - but mostly: people with disabilities that Bethesda serves!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing their neighborhood group homes, then seeing several of their Bethesda Thrift stores - whose profits benefit the people served by Bethesda - where the volunteers truly let their light shine by their passionate desire to help people with disabilities! I also experienced the professional staff in Bethesda's Corporate office working with a volunteer and High School students to put together a win-win-win (stores, students, people with disabilities) situation!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Want a monthly e-newsletter that told me what was happening in the Thrift Stores, with their Finanicial situation so I could donate online, and with their Religious Life services - it's so cool that they are reaching out with the Gospel Message to people all over the WORLD that have disabilities.

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