The Bethesda Brand

On a mission together

Our mission is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ.

A vision to connect people

Our vision is to sustain our mission, renew our calling and inspire others.

Bethesda’s values

Christ is preeminent in all that we do.

All people are inherently valuable to God and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

People are empowered to realize their personal goals through discovery, development and use of their skills and talents.

People direct decisions that affect their lives, positively impact the communities in which they live, and are supported in living life to the fullest.

Our Lutheran organizational identity guides our services and enriches our relationships.

Stakeholders contribute to the goals and priorities of the organization through open, honest communication.

We are flexible and responsive to needs, faithful in keeping promises, and timely, fair and honest in all dealings.

Christian stewardship of all our resources is expected of everyone.

Innovation, creativity, learning and continuous quality improvement are integral to everything we do.

Fun and fellowship in the workplace are encouraged.


Bethesda works with every person we support to help them live the life they want.

Their life. Our life’s work.

At Bethesda, everything comes down to quality—doing the best for the people we support. We work to help them realize their hopes, dreams and desires. That’s when we know we’ve done our job.

How do we know what each person wants? We ask them, and, together we make a plan to get them there.

For each person, those goals are different. Ricky, in Wisconsin, wanted to move out of an institutional setting and into a home in his community. James, in Colorado, wanted to grow a vegetable garden. Malcolm, in Illinois, wanted to play in a basketball tournament.

While Bethesda works with each person we support to help them achieve their goals, the accomplishments are uniquely their own. Malcolm and his team earned second place in the basketball tournament. James is growing tomatoes in his backyard. Ricky moved into a home he shares with roommates he chose.

Bethesda helps them every step of the way, but the people we support are the ones who made decisions, took action and reached their goals.

Bethesda uses tools developed by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL), as well as frequent surveys of the people we support and their parents and guardians, to uphold this commitment. Bethesda asks the people we support and their parents and guardians to rate their experiences around certain areas of their life.

Quality is central in everything we do at Bethesda.

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