Empowering a World of Diverse Abilities

Every life is valued and every person has a place.

Our Services

Our services encourage choice and independence, while meeting the health and safety needs of each person. We work with each person, their family and their Circle of Support team to address each person’s unique intellectual, social, medical, emotional, spiritual, legal and recreational needs.

Bethesda provides services to people with diverse abilities and their families throughout the province, including:

  • A variety of support options from home living to community inclusion services for people with diverse abilities from Vancouver to the Okanagan.
  • Intentional communities in Smithers and Chilliwack.
  • Support to families of people with diverse abilities province-wide.

Who we are

Founded in 1971, Bethesda supports people with diverse abilities and their families with a wide range of services. From home living options, community-based activities, life skills and summer camps, to employment services and family support, we empower people to thrive. We are a Christian faith-based service provider committed to building communities of belonging, where everyone’s abilities are welcomed and deeply valued.

This is Bethesda

A short video of Bethesda.

Here is the story of Bethesda, from its origin in 1971 as a volunteer-run charity offering respite and summer camp relief to families, to a fully accredited not-for-profit offering ten service areas in communities throughout BC. Starting with one home in 1977, Bethesda has grown to supporting people with diverse abilities in 25 staff-supported homes, as well as in home share, community inclusion, employment services, supported independent living, family support, respite and summer camps. Throughout the journey, we have remained true to our founder’s belief that we are called by God to serve and support those with needs.


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