July 4, 1921
The old Park Hotel was rededicated as the Bethlen Home, an orphanage for Hungarian children who lost parents through mine disasters and other tragedies.
At the same time, the Hungarian Reformed Federation of America (HRFA) purchased surrounding farmland to provide food and revenue for the orphanage.
The need for elder care was realized as the individuals tending to the orphans aged. At that time, the orphanage moved to downtown Ligonier, while the elderly remained in the original Home.
1951, 1962, 1975
Space in the original Home became limited. Thus, in 1951, the first wing of the historic Bethlen Home for the Aged was built. Newer sections were dedicated in 1962 and 1975.
The orphanage closed its doors. Over the span of nearly six decades, the orphanage provided a home for more than 3,000 children.
1980s - Present
- Built 20 cottages in the Bethlen Retirement Village
- Re marketed the old orphanage as the Bethlen Apartments
- Acquired Ligonier Gardens Personal Care Home
- Constructed a new Bethlen Nursing Home to replace the historic facility
- Wrapped its multiple services and lifestyles under the name Bethlen Communities
- Opened Home Health and Hospice Services