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About Us

History of Betel:


“Betel” – House of God – the place where Jacob laid his head on a stone and dreamed a dream…


The Betel Home Foundation was founded by a small group of Icelandic Lutheran Women who “dreamed a dream”.  Through their efforts the first Betel Home opened its doors to nine residents on March 1, 1915 in rented quarters at 354 William Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Later in 1915 the “Home” was moved to permanent quarters in Gimli where over the years it expanded until it housed 95 residents.  In 1990, a new 80-bed facility opened on this site.


It was realized that there was a need for a second home thus in 1966 a new Home was built in Selkirk and was expanded upon in 1970.  Currently Selkirk is “home” to 91 residents.

Betel Home Foundation operates an 80 bed Personal Care Home in Gimli, Manitoba; and a 91 bed Personal Care Home in Selkirk, Manitoba.

Vision Statement:

Make our home your home...Where care and service prevail.

Mission Statement:

Betel Home Foundation will continue to be a leader and innovator in providing the highest quality of life for each individual in our care. We will identify and adapt to emerging health care needs and challenges. Betel Home is an integral part of the community and recognizing our Icelandic roots and respecting other cultures.

Philosophy of Care:

The quality of each Resident’s life is our primary focus and directly affected by our care. Board, Administration, Staff and Volunteers are all linked together in creating a homelike environment that enables each Resident to live in full recognition of their dignity and individuality. We believe each Resident should:

Have the highest quality of life possible 

Our primary focus is the physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being of our residents. We will assist residents to achieve their optimum level of health while in our care. We will build on our strong relationships with the families and the community at large.

Be treated with respect and dignity 

We will provide an environment of respect and dignity for all our residents. Our relationships with residents will be based on honesty, privacy and confidentiality.

Have the freedom of choice and participate in decisions regarding their care 

Residents have the right to determine their health needs and values. The resident shall be given all information including benefits and risks so they can make an informed decision.

Have their ethnic origin and religious beliefs recognized and respected 

We advocate an environment that respects residents’ values, customs and spiritual beliefs.


Be entitled to safe, competent and ethical care 

We will recruit and retain qualified, appropriately trained staff and provide opportunities for continuous learning. Staff must act in a manner consistent with their professional responsibilities and standards of practice. We value the input of all staff and volunteers within a multidisciplinary approach.


Our values define the character of our organization and describe how we treat the people we care for and work with.



We are committed to delivering safe, competent and compassionate care and are dedicated to exceeding the expectations of residents, families, staff and the community.



We are committed to treating all residents, family, staff, visitors and volunteers with respect and dignity.



We communicate openly and honestly, and maintain the highest levels of personal and professional conduct.



We value a supportive environment that encourages new ideas and strives for continuous improvement.



We are committed to working together at all levels of the organization to foster an atmosphere of trust, collaboration and cooperation.



We will be accountable to our community by providing the best possible quality of care with the resources entrusted to us and will operate in a transparent and fiscally responsible manner.

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