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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Health, Health Support, Human Services, Protestant, Religion, Residential Care & Adult Day Programs

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 more than 300 program sites across the United States and support more than 1,900 individuals with various programs that carry out our mission of empowering individuals with disabilities.

Target demographics: people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 1,900 people

Geographic areas served: locations across the United States

Programs: residential services, employment and community life programs

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

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 !


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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

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Rating: 5

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!