Bethesda Celebrates 115th Anniversary


As we celebrate the 115th anniversary of Bethesda in 2019 and as Founder’s Day approaches on April 13, we took a trip back to 1904 when Bethesda was created in Watertown, WI.

Bethesda looked like a very different place. Lutheran charity workers saw the need for an establishment to help children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Bethesda was born out of this necessity and was lovingly designed to help meet those needs and bring faith into the lives of the people within the home.

We sat down with Reuben Schmitz from Bethesda’s Religious Life team and resident historian, for his take on Bethesda’s interesting history and where it is today.

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