Ducherow – Evangelisches Diakoniewerk Bethanien
The Protestant Diaconal Organization Bethanien Ducherow was established in 1980 by the merger of the Ev. Diakonissen-Anstalt Bethanien zu Neu-Torney near Stettin and the Bugenhagenstift. Today, the main fields of activity are care and support for people and workshops for disabled people.
The Bugenhagenstift, founded by Pastor Wilhelm Quistorp in 1865, was training teachers. Taking care of orphans was also a main part of their work. The foundation was supported by the Johanniterorden (Order of St. John) and by deaconesses.
The Deaconess Institution Bethanien Stettin-Neutorney, founded in 1869, focused on hospital work and outpatient nursing care. In 1945, the Deaconess Institution moved to Ducherow. Deaconesses had already worked together with sisters of the Order of St. John at the Bugenhagenstift between the World Wars.
The work with mentally disabled children and children with multiple disabilities began in 1961. In the following decades, this commitment was expanded with workshops and living groups for adults with disabilities. In addition to this, a nursing home for the elderly was founded in the early 1990s.