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This is Bethel

Being there for people

Our vision entails living together, learning and work together by all people in their diversity as a natural fact of life.

Man sits on a therapy horse and laughs

Being there for people: This has been Bethel's mission since it was founded in 1867. Today, the v. Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel is committed to helping disabled, deseased, elderly or disadvantaged people in many regions of Germany. Bethel is one of the largest diaconal organisations in Europe. In over 150 years, a diverse network of help has been created. It includes assistance and care services in people's own homes, special forms of housing, care facilities, clinics and hospices, offers for participation in education, rehabilitation and work as well as schools, training centres and universities.

The employees put their hearts and expertise into caring for and supporting people, counselling them and treating them. This is how Bethel remains today: characterised by diaconal work and social commitment.

Bethel at a glance

Who we are, what we do

Cheering people on a sports field
Healthy or ill, with disabilities or without - at Bethel we are convinced that all people can live, learn and work together - how different they may be.
Our principles

The most important facts and figures

  • Around 24,000 employees

  • Around 300 locations

  • Represented in 8 federal state

  • Berlin
  • Brandenburg
  • Bremen
  • Lower Saxony
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Saxony
  • Saxony-Anhalt

Diaconal character, social commitment

Pastor Pohl in front of an audience at the Waldkirche Lobetal

Association of church foundations

The v. Bodelschwingh Foundation Bethel is an association of five legally independent foundations

A Bethel employee supports a person with epilepsy who is in a wheelchair.

Active charity

The word Bethel comes from the Hebrew and means "house of God". Our name is also the guiding principle of our actions. Every day, our employees put the Christian commandment of charity into practice - in Berlin, in Bielefeld and in many other places.

Bethel is recognised as a non-profit, charitable and ecclesiastical organisation. We are a church foundation under private law and are subject to the foundation supervision of the Protestant Church of Westphalia.

On the road in Bethel

Local plan

Local plan

Where is what in the village of Bethel? Our map provides an overview!
Local plan
Woman uses the app on her smartphone

"Actionbound" - digital adventure tour through Bethel

Get to know Bethel, find out interesting facts and put your knowledge to the test in a quiz - with the "Actionbound" app, anyone interested can do this from the comfort of their own home or while travelling.
"Actionbound" - digital adventure tour through Bethel

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