Bethany Life is celebrating 100 years of service in 2014. Though the building has changed names over the years, the mission of serving older adults has remained the same.
The original building at 212 Lafayette Ave. was completed in December of 1913. It cost $27,500 to construct, with all funds coming from community donations. The Sanitarium and Old People’s Home opened in 1914 and 11 people were admitted that year. Over the first 10 years, 61 people were admitted to the home. The first building was officially dedicated on June 30, 1914. The dedication program was written entirely in Norwegian.
Bethany Life now includes Bethany Manor - a 180 bed facility providing Transitional Care, Memory Care and Extended Care, Timberland Village - 60 Assisted and Independent Living apartments, 12 Twin Homes – Independent Living, Cedar Place – 50 Assisted and Independent Living Apartments, Home Care, and a Continuing Care At Home membership program. Organization wide, Bethany Life serves approximately 250 people at any given time.
Bethany Life is also the largest employer in Story City, offering employment to over 250 people. In addition to paid employment, Bethany Life has a volunteer base of about 150, without which the organization would not be the same. These opportunities allow community members to live, work, and enjoy life in Story City.
Looking to the future, the current building, built in 1967, needs updates to be brought up to code. Construction for the new facility will begin in June, with an official ground breaking being held in April in conjunction with a centennial celebration. The event will be April 27th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Bethany Manor. All are welcome to attend.