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Come Celebrate Joyful Living

Our “first in the nation” residential community is ready to open and you are invited to our virtual ribbon cutting event!

Opening Doors to Inclusive Communities

Bethesda provides services and support to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find a sense of community and belonging.  From community-based homes and at-home life skills development, to job placement and coaching, to behavior support, community engagement and day programs, we help people live meaningful and fulfilling lives.

Power of a Vision

Join us at 7 p.m. EST Thursday, October 22 for an unforgettable evening of music, inspiration and community in support of the 6.5 million people in the U.S. with developmental disabilities.

Visits Our Thrift Shops

Find great deals around every corner and each purchase you make supports adults with developmental disabilities.

Latest from Our Blog

Five Tips for Guiding your Loved One with a Disability through the Dating World

September 2, 2020 – When your loved one with a disability starts looking to get into the dating world, not only do they have questions, but you have questions as well. Amidst these concerns, parents and guardians of people with disabilities should still be the primary educators when it comes to love and relationships.

Eight Tips for Dating with a Disability

September 2, 2020 – When it comes to dating, people with and without disabilities approach this stage of relationships with many of the same questions, doubts, fears and hopes. We are all human and want to be seen as our whole self and not be scrutinized by our segments.

Promote Choice, Dignity & Inclusion

Your support gives people with intellectual and developmental disabilities loving homes, job and education resources, and opportunities to connect with their faith.

Donate Now

Your donation will help people with disabilities receive the ongoing support and services they need to live their lives to the fullest!

Message from Our CEO

Our CEO, Mike Thirtle shares Bethesda’s values and the importance of justice and equality.

The Latest

The time has come! Join us on September 24 for the Bethesda Cornerstone Village grand opening.

Stories of Inspiration

“Our worries are over.”

Scott finds his second home—his parents find peace of mind.

“The doctors said he wouldn’t live too long.”

Today, Steven is in his 50s and is living a fuller life than anyone ever expected.

“I am proud of myself.”

Tristan, a young man with autism, grew up in a home where he and his mother were victims of abuse.

“They said I’d always live in a hospital.”

Born at only 1.5 pounds, no one would have expected Mary to live.

“It took me awhile to learn how to do this job.”

Chelsea knew she was capable of more and with the help of her job coach landed the job of her dreams.

“I did not have the confidence to speak in front of people.”

Chase may be blind, but those who know him best say his biggest disability is his anxiety.

“On your wedding day you want the people that mean something.”

When Matt started working at Bethesda, he never expected to meet Brian.

“Our family just has this debt of gratitude.”

40 years, countless memories, Bethesda becomes part of the family.

“We wanted to find a nice place for him.”

One of the most difficult decisions a parent can make is asking others for help.

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About Bethesda

For over 115 years, Bethesda has provided vital support, resources and encouragement to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a way that is true to our Christian mission. We are dedicated to helping those we support become active members of their community so that they can live their best life possible.

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