On A Mission

By: Cindy Scheublein

EXCITING NEWS! Bethany Home is rolling out a revised mission statement, core values and vision statement. Henry Meester, Board President, who led the mission committee through the prayerful process of updating the statements said, “The new Mission and Vision statements were drafted to help clarify our direction and keep our mission on the right track, while at the same time provide inspiration for staff, residents and board members. Developing these statements was a collaborative effort that involved Society and Foundation board members and Bethany staff.” Our former mission statement and core values were adopted by the board of directors in 1995. These statements emphasized Bethany Home’s Christian faith, recognizing each individual as an image bearer of God and the importance of providing security, support, and care of the highest possible quality. The committee realized the importance of maintaining these values. As you read them, you will see that many words and phrases are incorporated in the revised statements. Our goal in this process was to create a mission statement that could be memorized and used on a regular basis by all of our staff, residents and board members.

 New Mission Statement: To honor and enrich the aging experience in a secure, vibrant Christ-centered community.

In addition, the committee created a vision statement that supports our mission and establishes a clear goal for our work. Creating a vision statement required much thought and prayer as the committee explored long-range goals and future aspirations. Just as Bethany Home founders responded to the need of the community, we desire to continue this mission of response. We aspire to be the place for people to call or stop by with age-related questions; to have an in-depth list of resources ready; and to provide educational seminars.

New Vision Statement: Serving interactive generations by becoming a leading resource on aging.

My hope and desire is for the entire Bethany Home community to be inspired by these statements and eager to support and implement them! At recent meetings with employees and residents, I challenged everyone to join me in memorizing both the mission and vision. Congratulations to Barbara McGee, Cheryl Nichols, Antoinette Strock, and Vonnie Van Dyken for reciting them successfully!