Making a House a Home

Making a House a Home

Progress Toward Independent Living in Minnesota

Across the country, Bethesda is leading the way in introducing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lives with more independence.

Nowhere is this more true than in Minnesota, where the focus is shifting from programs like the Victoria Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) towards more in-demand programs and services that allow for more independence and community integration.

The changes we’re making reflect the evolution of preferences for people with IDD and their families. We’ve come from institutional models to smaller more integrated settings. In addition, several individuals and their families on the Victoria campus had expressed interest in and had been asking for these types of program opportunities. Bethesda was excited to be able to partner with them to explore, introduce and launch potential new programs to fit their needs and wants.

In August, the first group of four men transitioned from the ICF into their new licensed group home. Leading up to move-in day, the group toured the home and picked out furniture and furnishings at local retailers like Becker Furniture, Kohl’s and Home Goods.


Recently, a second group of four women had the opportunity to transition from the ICF to a licensed group home in Chaska, Minn. The women were also able to pick out home furnishings and had the opportunity to mark the occasion by hosting an open house that was attended by family, friends, neighbors and Bethesda staff.

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What’s next

Bethesda’s real estate team and Minnesota operations have successfully secured seven homes. Now, two of the seven homes have completed the full process including offer, testing, inspection, appraisal, closing, renovations, furnishing and licensing. The other homes are at various points in the process and move-ins will continue to occur through 2019. Other homes in progress are in St. Louis Park, Golden Valley and Bloomington, to name a few.