Cloudy skies and a cold wind weren’t enough to keep a large group of people from gathering in the parking lot at the Bethany Manor seniors’ housing complex to celebrate the facility’s 30th anniversary. With the help of warm jackets and, in some cases, blankets, residents, family and friends enjoyed music, visiting and a barbeque supper to mark the event.
Bethany Manor is owned and operated by Saskatoon Mennonite Care Services, Inc. Its board of directors is made up of representatives from 12 Mennonite Church Saskatchewan and former MC Saskatchewan congregations from Saskatoon and surrounding area.
Currently, around 385 residents occupy the complex’s 291 units, but Bonnie Ramage, who serves as manager of administration and fund development, says 1,444 women and men have called Bethany home since its opening in 1986.
Present and former board members spoke of the community that is Bethany, and the sense of family and belonging that has characterized the seniors’ community over the years. Worship services are held every Sunday morning, and Bible studies take place mid-week. A number of residents participate in a ukulele choir, led by Russ Regier of Mount Royal Mennonite Church.
With growing demand for assisted living, the board of directors has applied for licensing to offer personal care. This will enable residents to remain longer in the Bethany community.