Media Coverage

July 2014 - Mlive.com

Saginaw Township's Bethesda Thrift Shop expands, offers budget-friendly furniture.

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June 2014 - Houston Chronicle

New center in Cypress will offer services for disabled. Bethesda Lutheran Communities facility will accommodate up to 125 people and will provide a variety of programming.

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April 2014 - Watertown Daily Times

*Reprinted with permission from the Watertown Daily Times

Bethesda transitions adults with developmental disabilities into community homes.

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November 2013 - Apostrophe Magazine

Bethesda employee Lee Rozinski makes his mark at the organization's Baraboo, Wis. Thrift Shop by challenging public perceptions and assumptions about people with disabilities.

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November 2013 - Appleton Post Crescent

Bethesda's Ability Hire Initiative has provided Troy Vanden Berg with an opportunity to develop his career through meaningful work at Appleton Thrift Shop.

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November 2013 - Apostrophe Magazine

Bethesda Lutheran Communities recognized two advocacy leaders, an investigative reporter focused on public policy, and a longtime supporter of the organization at its 2013 Annual Banquet.

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October 2013 - Bethesda Acquires Group Homes from Lutheran Social Services

Bethesda Lutheran Communities has acquired three community homes in Appleton from Lutheran Social Services, a service provider for adults with developmental disabilities. The addition of Lutheran Social Services’ three Appleton homes complements existing Bethesda operations throughout Wisconsin that include residential homes, employment and community life services, ministry support for Lutheran congregations to provide worship opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, and 13 Bethesda Thrift Shops, including Fox Valley locations in Appleton and Neenah.

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August 2013 - Bethesda Expands Residential Supports to Minnesota, Acquires Community Living Inc.

Bethesda Lutheran Communities has acquired Community Living, Inc., a service provider for adults with developmental disabilities in Victoria, Coon Rapids and Blaine, Minn. Community Living serves nearly 70 people with developmental disabilities and employs more than 140 people in homes located in neighborhood settings. The acquisition complements existing Bethesda initiatives in Minnesota that include ministry support for Lutheran congregations, inclusive worship opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, and a Bethesda Thrift Shop located in Minnetonka, Minn.

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June 2013 - Family & Friends

Employees from the Bethesda Lutheran Communities Watertown, Wis. Employment Center we featured in the Watertown Daily Times' Family & Friends publication.

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May 2013 - KFUO Radio

Don Boden, Bethesda’s corporate director of Religious Life – Eastern Division, was interviewed by Rev. Randy Asburry of KFUO Radio about the importance of Bethesda and the organization’s Retreat Ministry. Bethesda’s retreats in Wisconsin, Indiana, Texas, and Colorado match people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with volunteer companions, who share in worship, activities and faith formation.

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May 2013 - Milwaukee Business Journal

Dr. John E. Bauer, president and CEO of Bethesda Lutheran Communities, is elected chairperson of the Lutheran Services in America Board of Directors.

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February 2013 - WMTV 15 Madison

Bethesda employee Lee Rozinski is making it his mission to inspire and educate. Despite his disability, Rozinski goes to work at Bethesda’s Baraboo, Wis. Thrift Shop with a smile on his face and excitement in his voice. This is a story of tenacity and perseverance in the face of adversity.

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February 2013 - Baraboo (Wis.) News Republic

Lee Rozinski, who was hired through the Bethesda Thrift Shop Ability Hire program, is challenging assumptions about what disabled people can—and cannot—accomplish.

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November 2012 - Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin Public Radio featured Bethesda Lutheran Communities communications director Jan Nowak on a segment discussing Bethesda and its involvement in Giving Tuesday, an international online campaign aimed at raising money, awareness, and participation for non-profits and other charitable organizations.

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September 2012 - National Catholic Reporter

Institute on disability looks beyond inclusion

August 2012 - Beaver Dam Daily Citizen

Bethesda to sell new furniture at Horicon store 

August 2012 - The Houston Chronicle at Chron.com

All-access camp creates lifetime companions 

August 2012 - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

First-time homebuyers looking to unravel the complexities of mortgage financing and home ownership are encourage to attend homebuyer education classes offered by Pathfinder Community Connections beginning in August. The free classes are sponsored by Bethesda Lutheran Communities and Lutheran Housing Support.
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June 2012 - Portland Tribute and Community Newspapers

Rising to the challenge

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