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What We’re Thankful for in 2017

Another year has almost passed, which means we’re taking stock at Bethesda Senior Living Communities and reflecting on what we’re most thankful for in 2017. Because our mission is one of service, we’re most thankful for our residents who are at the heart of everything we do. We’re also thankful to our team members, families and donors who all make it possible for us to deliver the best care to our residents 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

While there’s no way to list everything we’re thankful for, here are five things we’re particularly grateful to have had in our lives this year:

1. Faith. We are a faith-based nonprofit organization, but what this means to us is that everyone’s spiritual background is important. We respect people from all faiths, and believe one’s faith is about building a personal relationship with God. We also believe it’s about living a life of service. We’re thankful every day we wake up inspired by our faith and ready to serve our residents.

2. Friendship. Our relationship to God may be our highest priority, but our relationships with each other are also very important. Humans are social beings, and connecting with each other in fellowship is one of life’s true joys. Within our senior living communities, we strive to foster a vibrant social life for our residents so they can experience the joys of friendship, be it at one of our many calendar events or simply breaking bread together at mealtime.

3. Community. One-on-one friendships enrich our lives, but the fabric of our greater community is what holds us together. Within our assisted living and memory care communities, we work hard to build a sense of connectedness, with beautiful common areas and a wealth of activities. But we also engage with the towns and cities where we operate, looking for ways to give back to the communities that give so much to our organization and our residents.

4. Service. As anyone who has ever found him or herself in a service position knows, those who give receive in return. Our organization’s core values spell out SERVANT, and we try every day to live as selfless servants dedicated to our residents. In so doing, we’re blessed with strong friendships, engaging work, and a true sense of purpose in this life.

5. Growth. This was a big year for Bethesda, with the opening of our new community in Monument, Colorado, and the acquisition and renovation of our new community in Frisco, Texas. We’re grateful that we’ve been able to expand our organization and serve more seniors across the country—and we’re equally grateful that we’ve been able to stay true to our founding principles of service and ministry.

We may be a bigger organization today, but we hope all of our communities still maintain the small-town, personal feeling where each resident feels appreciated and cared for. As we approach the end of 2017, that is one of our biggest goals for 2018—to continue serving our residents with the best of care.