A collaborative ministry of Church of the Brethren retirement communities striving for excellence through collegial relationships and mutual support.
As a ministry to those who are aging and their families, the 22 retirement communities related to the Church of the Brethren are committed to providing high quality, loving care for older adults. This group, known as the Fellowship of Brethren Homes, works together on common challenges such as uncompensated care, long-term care needs, and nurturing relationships with congregations and districts.
Principles of the Fellowship of Brethren Homes
- Biblical love
- Multi-dimensional care
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:35-36
What makes the Fellowship of Brethren Homes different?
- Every person is treated as a child of God.
- The organizations is managed with a mission priority.
- They aim to enhance all elements of life: physical, spiritual, psychosocial
Founded in 1958, the Brethren Homes and Hospital Association was a group of CEOs and representatives from Bethany Hospital and Brethren-affiliated retirement homes. Because these facilities carried out ministry to and for the church, leadership in BHHA believed that an official connection with the denominational structure of the Church of the Brethren was important.
In 1984, BHHA merged with the Brethren Health and Welfare Association, which later became the Association of Brethren Caregivers. The Association of Brethren Caregivers became the Church of the Brethren’s Caring Ministries in 2008.
To learn more about a particular community, please see the Directory of Homes.