Coronavirus Actions, Information & Resources

As we all continue to monitor the global situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its impact in the United States, we wanted to assure you of our own diligence here at Bethesda and the precautionary measures we are taking to protect people we support and our staff.

Town Hall Meeting Schedule

Please note that the schedule has changed. One town hall meeting will be held per week on Tuesdays. Parents & Guardians, please join Mike Thirtle, Bethesda President and CEO, for a live Q&A phone session at one of the times below (all times Central):

  • Tuesday, July 7, 3 p.m. CDT
  • Tuesday, July 14, 3 p.m. CDT
  • Tuesday, July 21, 3 p.m. CDT
  • Tuesday, July 28, 3 p.m. CDT

Mike will provide an update with the latest information and will take questions.

To attend a session, please call toll-free 877-853-5257 or 855-880-1246 and use the meeting ID 295-870-2838. Due to high demand, it may be necessary to use an alternate number. If you are unable to connect, please try one or more of the following 312-626-6799, 669-900-6833, 346-248-7799, 253-215-8782, 301-715-8592, 312-626-6799, 646-876-9923 (same meeting ID).

Password = TownHall2020 (case sensitive)

*Please note this is a partial-recording due to technical difficulities

Confirming contact information

In the next couple of weeks we will be contacting all of our parents and guardians to ensure we have the most up-to-date information on you and the team that surrounds your loved one. This includes phone numbers, email addresses, home addresses and the roles you play with your person supported. We will also ask your communication preferences.

If you do not hear from us, please call 920-206-4436, where a staff member will be able to help. Thank you.

Advocate Now

Family members and guardians often ask how they can help impact Bethesda’s mission, to enhance the level of support we can provide. A great way is by getting informed about the issues and then advocating directly with your state and federal lawmakers. We have made that easy through our Bethesda Action Center.  

What are we doing?

Each day, our top priority is keeping the people we support and our team healthy and safe. Employees follow increased cleaning protocols, wear masks and monitor their health. We also closely monitor people we support for symptoms and address any situations quickly. For safety reasons, day programs remain closed and we do not allow in-person visits. However, we encourage video visits via Zoom, and a team is actively determining the best time to relax restrictions by location.

Over the past several months, we have offered programming to help people stay physically, intellectually and spiritually active. This includes exclusive online concerts featuring award-winning artists as well as spiritual devotions and services. Games and art activities are taking place regularly in our homes, and a weekly virtual dance party is not to be missed!

All parents and guardians are welcome to join weekly town hall meetings with President and CEO Mike Thirtle to learn the latest information and get answers to questions.

Below, please find quick links to frequently asked questions, lists of activities provided, and much more.  

Quick Links

Message from Dave Sneddon, Chief Operating Officer

June 9, 2020

Update on visits

New Video: Visits During COVID-19: What You Can Expect


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