Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community was founded upon the spirit of giving with a 1954 bequest from Anna Bartels, the widow of a Lutheran pastor.

Spring Appeal 2024:

The arrival of spring brings with it a sense of renewal and growth, much like your invaluable support of Bartels’ mission of enriching lives. Your generosity is making a difference for the residents at Bartels and in 2023, your gifts resulted in:

  • A second Tovertafel or “Magic Table” for residents with dementia
  • Renovations and updates to Shower Rooms to create a more Spa-like experience
  • Many meals, treats and events in appreciation of the wonderful staff
  • A forever home with assistance of the Good Shepherd Fund for assisted living
  • Continued support of worship services and Chapel updates

Please consider supporting Bartels’ mission by giving in 2024. Designate your funds to the Good Shepherd Fund, assist with continual needs and updates to the building our residents call home or support the full-time chaplaincy program. Other projects we are fundraising for in 2024 include eight new power recliner and lift chairs for our skilled rehab rooms ($10,000 goal) and a minivan with a lift to transport residents to medical appointments ($42,000 goal).


Thank you for making an impact in the lives of our residents and for being a part of our journey. Here’s to a fruitful spring and beyond!

Friends for Today

Bartels’ Annual Fund Campaign helps us meet the immediate funding needs of our creative therapy programs (horticulture, music and art therapy), our activities, chaplaincy, transportation programs, and some capital needs. Bartels is committed to providing the same level of care to all residents regardless of their financial ability. Our donors provide the generous charitable support that makes the difference, setting Bartels apart from other facilities that provide only basic care and senior housing.

  • The 1954 Society is comprised of individuals, families, businesses and organizations that contribute $250 or more annually so residents may continue to receive all of the benefits Bartels has to offer. You are invited to become a member of the 1954 Society at any level. Your gift may be contributed at one time, or spread over the course of a calendar year.
  • Anna Bartels Society donors make a difference by contributing $1000 or more annually to Bartels. In return, Anna Bartels Society members receive the satisfaction that their contribution has immediately gone to work in the lives of Bartels residents. You are invited to become an Anna Bartels Society member at any level. Your gift may be contributed at one time, or spread over the course of a calendar year.

Friends for The Future

The Friends for the Future is composed of individuals who have chosen to support Bartels through an endowment gift.  Planned gifts assure the future of our mission.  We are grateful for each gift, and know how important it is to our donors to respect their wishes and assure that every donation made will be used to support the needs of Bartels friends and neighbors. Direction for planned gifts may be considered for the following:

  • The Bartels Memorial Foundation:  Established in 1984, the endowment fund strengthens Bartels with funds to meet needs of today’s residents and to assure care for residents in the future.
  • The Bartels Chaplaincy Endowment Fund: Established in 1997, this fund supports Bartels’ Christian mission and commitment to serving the spiritual needs of its residents and assures the presence of full-time Chaplaincy services at Bartels in the future. A financial gift to the Chaplaincy Endowment, allows you leave a part of yourself, your values, and your Christian heritage to future generations.

Help us continue to meet our mission of enriching lives through quality services and Christian care.

Grateful Residents & Families Program

We invite you to make a donation in honor of the Bartels nurse, housekeeper, maintenance worker or other staff member who made a difference in your visit or stay.  When you share a gift in appreciation of an outstanding Bartels team member, they will be notified of the charitable gift made in their honor, recognized publicly and given a lapel pin to wear proudly.