Bethesda Senior Living Communities is a national faith-based, not-for-profit organization headquartered in Colorado Springs.
The company was founded in 1959, when the Rev. Charles Turner implemented his vision to establish a nursing home business with a two-fold purpose: to provide quality care for the elderly in his community and to generate revenues to bring hope to those living in poverty around the world. Revenue from the retirement communities could be used to support missionary endeavors.
From these early beginnings, the business expanded and eventually opened 34 communities in six states. When an opportunity to sell the communities presented itself in 1988, Bethesda was free to investigate new and creative ways to generate revenue and serve older adults.
Five new corporate divisions were established after the sale: Bethesda Ministries, Bethesda Associates, Bethesda Foundation, Bethesda Christian Broadcasting and Bethesda Real Estate Company. Soon after, One Child Matters became a part of Bethesda Ministries, becoming the primary benevolence arm through which Bethesda was able to reach out to children in need around the world.
Today, the company still operates 21 senior communities across 18 campuses—independent living, assisted living and memory care—throughout six states. Although Bethesda Senior Living Communities has grown, it still maintains the values of its founding: faith, service, charity and a commitment to helping seniors.