Our History

Our History

Before we became Bethesda Rehab & Senior Care, we were Bethesda Home and Retirement Center.

We trace our roots all the way back to 1907, when a group of concerned Christians and friends, under the leadership of Hildur Baade, founded The Norwegian Lutheran Bethesda Home Association. Hildur Baade was a Norwegian immigrant who noticed the misery of poor Norwegian senior adults. She motivated and inspired others at Bethlehem Lutheran Church to take action to alleviate this suffering.

The purpose of the Association was to serve the elderly people of our community, and their constitution stated: “The Society’s aim is to build and operate a home, where poor, old people can get room, light and heat, and in that way administer Christian charity – first of all among our Norwegian people.” 

With Baade’s tireless efforts and effective leadership to guide them, the Bethesda Home Association raised funds across the country. Our first building opened in 1911 with room for 19 residents. 

In 1925, a new building to house 70 residents was constructed at our current location on Nordica Avenue. Our unique location on a quiet residential street has provided a nice place to call home for our residents. Major renovations and expansions in 1955, 1985, 1990, and most recently 2015 have allowed us to expand our capacity to accommodate 162 long-term and short-term residents with a continuum of care that meets the diverse needs of a diverse population. 

More than a century later, Hildur Baade’s legacy lives on. Bethesda’s mission, then and now, puts residents first: to provide a place of comfort and security for older adults in the spirit of Christian love. 

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