Supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in British Columbia since 1971
At Bethesda Christian Association, everyone is welcome. Regardless of your disabilities, or your different abilities, you are welcome here. Bethesda is committed to being a loving community of faith, built on the foundation of the Good News of Jesus Christ. We pray you will experience healing love and the full welcome of Christ in the time you spend with us.
“Hospitality means primarily the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people but to offer them a space where change can take place” (Henri Nouwen, Reaching Out).
IN THE NEWS
LIRIDON is an active person who loves consistent activity and who enjoys interacting with staff while doing his activities. He is employed with Abbotsford News as a substitute newspaper carrier. This enables him to make some income and gain exercise in the great outdoors. Liridon is very enthusiastic and meticulous about his work, always ensuring that the paper is well placed in the mail box. He enjoys the satisfaction of getting the job done well.
HOCKEY NIGHT IN CHILLIWACK
The “Chilliwack Christian Junior Hockey League” raised $1,880 for Bethesda at their “Annual All-star Invitational” Hockey Tournament.
BETHESDA PRESIDENT AND FRIENDS BUILD HOMES... Eight volunteers - 4 from Langley & 4 from Smithers - built 3 houses, gave out food hampers, and clothing to some very needy Guatemalan families. We also had some fun and visited an Orphanage in Antigua, where unwanted children with disabilities are abandoned. See the video.
FINANCIAL POLICY... Spending of funds is confined to Board approved services and purchases. Each gift designated toward an approved service will be used as designated with the understanding that when any given need has been met, designated gifts will be used where most needed. Gifts are acknowledged and receipted with a tax deductible receipt. Bethesda is a charter member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC).
QUALITY OF LIFE is regularly reviewed to ensure the well-being of individuals supported by Bethesda. Standard indicators include what the Bible has to say about this important issue such as the following verse from 2 Peter 1:5-7
"...make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love."
40 EMPLOYEES & VOLUNTEERS were recently recognized for their years of service of 5 to 30 years. Approximately 150 people attended the evening's event to thank and cheer on each employee and volunteer for their kind and compassionate support of individuals entrusted into their care.
A VALUABLE SITE FOR REFERENCE
"Whether you are a person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a parent or caregiver of a child with autism, a family member, a volunteer, an educator, a health or social service professional, or an interested researcher, this site will provide you with reliable information on autism and referrals to many helpful services and resources. ASC puts special focus on providing information, referral and resources for parents and other family members who are seeking support for children with autism. This site also provides news, resources and links for youths and adults on the spectrum." (from ASC webpage)
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105-2975 Gladwin Road
Abbotsford, BC V2T 5T4