Success Stories

Donna Smith

Friendship Makes a House a Home

The women share a mint-green, two-story house located in a quiet neighborhood in Elyria, Ohio. There, they receive supports from a dedicated team of Bethesda Lutheran Communities staff who assist the women in creating a living environment with a distinct family feel.
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Donita Gruber

Facing Dementia with Dignity

Gruber is one of approximately 200,000 Americans living with early-onset dementia, which occurs before 65 years of age. According to Gaines, Gruber’s dementia mostly affects her short-term memory and manifests itself through periodic forgetfulness, confusion and anger.
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Brian Tousey

A Full Life in His Community

Brian Tousey moved in 2006 from Bethesda Lutheran Communities Watertown, Wis., Campus to a nearly community based home, the protective instincts of his parents were tested.
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Cornelius Wortham

Former Athlete Scores Big for Team Bethesda

During his career as a college and professional football player, Cornelius Wortham made hundreds of tackles for the University of Alabama and the Seattle Seahawks.
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Kenny Kirkpatrick

Kenny Kirkpatrick's Heart for Space

There are few days that conversations surrounding all things space do not emerge at Kirkpatrick’s home in Mission Viejo, Calif., where he lives with five other people.
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Showing Thanks by Giving Back

Showing Thanks by Giving Back

People supported by Bethesda in Sturtevant, Wis., hosted a Lenten soup supper at their congregation, Living Hope Lutheran. The event, attended by more than 60 people, showcased the faith and abilities of these people with developmental disabilities.
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Wisconsin Disability Advocates

Wisconsin Disability Adovcates Gather in Madison

More than 400 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, advocates, and family members descended on the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison to meet with legislators and discuss issues that impact their daily lives.
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Nate Rymsza

Bethesda Program Enhancing Lives Through Community Jobs

Previous students of Muskego High School were participants in the school's Transitions Program. This program was designed to provide job skill training, gave the men an introduction to the retail business.
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Lee Rozinski

Hiring Initiative Offers Platform For Success

Through hard work and determination, Lee Rozinski is achieving his goals at Bethesda’s Baraboo, Wis. Thrift Shop. Rozinski has made the most of his an opportunity through a Bethesda initiative to hire people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at its thrift shops.
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Michael Fowler

Bethesda Thrift Shop Provides Long-Awaited Opportunity

Bethesa's Saginaw, Mich. Thrift Shop has given Michael an opportunity to thrive personally and professionally. Embracing his role at the shop, he has grown into an integral part of the team.
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Disability Ministry Transforms Congregation

Disability Ministry Transforms Congregation

A chance meeting with a Bethesda ministry consultant helped the Rev. David Wiist and his congregation, Concordia Lutheran, Evansville, Ind., discover an enriching outreach opportunity that gave the congregation a new focus.
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Journey to Indepence

Journey to Independence

After eight years of home ownership Ken Larson, Dick Servatius and John Zidlicky are living lives that amaze their families, inspire friends and energize Bethesda Lutheran Communities’ staff.
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Joey Herk

Joey's Community Job

For the past nine years, Joey Herk, who receives supports and services from Bethesda Lutheran Communities in Fort Collins, Colo., has been employed at Albertsons grocery store.
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Brad Nordone

Meaningful Employment Through Adaptive Technology

Brad Nordone's employment would not be possible without assistive/adaptive technology.
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Nick Jochim and LST 325Photo by LaVerne Jones

Finding Fulfillment

For the last four years, Nick Jochim has been working on the USS LST 325, a 328-feet-long, 4,800 ton, World War II, "Landing Ship, Tank" amphibious vessel.
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F.A.C.E.S. Enhances Congregation

F.A.C.E.S. Enhances Congregation

The class, F.A.C.E.S.—for faith, activities, conversation, expression and service—began in 2010 with three participants at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran in Centennial, Colo.
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Making Healtheir Choices

Making Healthier Choices

When Ruth arrived at Bethesda, she struggled with weight and relied on a wheelchair. Find out how Ruth got hooked on walking and is on track to lose 100 pounds.
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Robert's Story

Robert's Story

Robert Bertrand’s connections to his community underscore the truth that we all grow better when we grow together.

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F.A.C.E.S. Program

F.A.C.E.S. Program Grows

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Centennial, Colo., has witnessed rapid growth in new program that strengthens ministry to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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Mary Lou Nachtwey crossing the finish line

Good As Gold

Mary Lou Nachtwey brought home a gold medal from the 2011 Special Olympics Summer Games in Greece.

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Mary Lou Nachtwey

Going for the Gold in Greece

No one could have imagined that nearly sixty years later Nachtwey's path would lead her to a crowded Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece.

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Mary Lou Nachtwey

First Home, First Family

Last January, six children with intellectual and developmental disabilities moved in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Palmar Arriba.

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Grant For Van

New Van Welcomes Bethesda to Racine

Bethesda was awarded a $30,000 grant from St. Luke’s Hospital’s Trustees, which has allowed Bethesda to purchase a van with a wheelchair lift for one of the three new homes in Sturtevant, Wis.
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Josh Robledo volunteering at church

Satisfied by Sharing the Good News

Josh Robledo receives services from Bethesda Lutheran Communities and is a volunteer at Trinity Lutheran Church in Klein, Texas. "You name it, I can do it," declares Robledo.

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Anna Hanhstadt

Using God's Gift in the
Great Outdoors: A Diary

Experience camp through Anna's eyes.  She shares her thoughts as she prepares for and attends Camp Matz for the first time.

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Brothers in Christ Find a Home

Foster brothers for fifty years is great, but being brothers in Christ is much better.

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Driving the Winters

The Winters have been able to count on people from church, other Christian people.

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Eric Bradt - Groom

Love of a Lifetime: Eric and Klara Get Married

Both families wanted to assist Eric and Klara in any way possible to make their dream of marriage a reality.

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Aaron

Moving Day: Aaron's Transition
Into the Community

There is a lot that the house mates will need to get used to in the first few weeks in their new home.

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Esther Hitzeroth

Supporting Bethesda from the Start

Esther was first introduced to Bethesda Lutheran Communities' ministry when she was only seven or eight years old.

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