Why Give

Your gifts empower our residents, our staff and our community.

Because of supporters like you, Bethesda’s communities are a caring, compassionate place where individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities can thrive in their own abilities. Residents have access to caregivers, educational opportunities, employment assistance, health care and more, but we can’t do it without the generosity of people like you.

You are an essential part of all we do to empower our communities. When you make a gift now or plan one for the future, you support projects and programs that give individuals and their families every opportunity to thrive.

 See the difference you make with your gifts.

Bethesda Cornerstone Village

This loving, Christian community complete with modern amenities, is the first of its kind in the U.S. Residents will have a place to live where they can make friends, have access to classes and activities, and enjoy living independently in their own apartment home or townhouse.

Watch this video to see what Bethesda Cornerstone Village is about.

Bethesda College of Applied Learning

Bethesda College has faculty and student instructors who are always available to support each student in their college experience. With the support of people like you, students with intellectual and developmental disabilities can earn a postsecondary certificate based around a curriculum that with formal instruction in personal development, career preparation, adult living skills and campus/community life.

See the amazing Bethesda College, Class of 2018 on their college journey!

If you would like to see first-hand what your support does and learn about ways you can give more students opportunities for higher education, request a tour using the button below!

Community Connections Day Programs

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to build relationships and professional skills through our Community Connections Day Programs.

Here they can:

  • Make new friends and connections
  • Become part of the community
  • Find mentors to help them grow
  • Discover volunteer opportunities
  • Learn new skills and explore new hobbies

Watch this video of our residents

Alana, and her faith journey. Your support helps Bethesda provide the resources and staff that ministers to the spiritual faith needs of our communities, just like the guidance Alana receives.

Career Connections Employment Support

Bethesda’s Career Connections helps people develop confidence, independence and new job skills! Because of you, members of the program can feel at ease while they learn valuable employment skills.

You help us provide services such as:

  • Employee matching – We use our vast employer networks to find employment matching career interests and skills.
  • Application support – We provide necessary support and resources to navigate applications and interviews throughout the hiring process.
  • Ongoing support – We partner with employees and their managers to provide customized employment planning, skills assessments and on-site job coaching.
  • Government Agency Partnerships – We work with Vocational Rehabilitation and waiver services to help obtain, maintain and advance employment for people with disabilities.

Interested in offering employment to someone with a disability or finding another way to support employment programs?

Contact us using the button below.

Initiatives that Develop and Support Faith

Because of you, our staff has quality resources that help make a lasting impact on the faith lives of the individuals we support. Some of these include workbooks, activities, prayers and online courses.

“Bethesda has supported me with money, appointments and helping me become more independent.”

Jordan, Bethesda Community Member

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Lorene King

Lorene King

Vice President of Philanthropy