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  • Historic photo of Bethany Home construction

His­to­ry of Bethany

Estab­lished by area church­es and com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers, Bethany began as a dream. And through the ded­i­ca­tion and deter­mi­na­tion of lead­ers such as Rev. John De Jong, Andrew Douma, and many oth­ers, that dream became a real­i­ty. Locat­ed in the mid­dle of what was then an almond orchard, the pri­ma­ry pur­pose of the orga­ni­za­tion was to pro­vide a Chris­t­ian Home for seniors and those in need of nurs­ing and respite care from infir­mi­ty or illness.”

In 1963, Bethany opened its doors begin­ning their decades long jour­ney of serv­ing the needs of the elder­ly. The first res­i­dent, Ida Sche­p­el, was quick­ly joined by dozens of oth­ers. The orig­i­nal 74-bed con­va­les­cent hos­pi­tal, as it was called back then, was filled to capac­i­ty with­in the first year of oper­a­tions. The suc­cess of its first project encour­aged both the Board and the Soci­ety to con­sid­er expand­ing its ser­vices. This was just the beginning.

Over the next 60 years, we would con­tin­ue to grow and expand by both ser­vice and size through excel­lent lead­er­ship, com­mu­ni­ty sup­port, and a team ded­i­cat­ed to pro­vid­ing care in the spir­it of Chris­t­ian love. Today, over 400 res­i­dents enjoy retire­ment at Bethany through our Skilled Nurs­ing, Assist­ed Liv­ing, Mem­o­ry Care, In-Home Care, Adult Day Ser­vices and Inde­pen­dent Liv­ing ser­vices. Our hard work has paid off, we’re able to be a vital part of our com­mu­ni­ty and are now rec­og­nized as one of the state’s finest Mul­ti-Lev­el Retire­ment Communities.