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The History of Good Samaritan

Kenwood Manor at Good Samaritan Village (Formerly: Good Samaritan Lutheran Home)
Kenwood Manor was founded and established in the early 1930s by a group of dedicated Lutheran lay women of the Capital District area who realized the need for dignified Christian living for the elderly. For decades, a large, historic mansion at 688 Madison Ave., Albany, was the residence. In the mid-1990s the Madison Avenue housing was found to be unsuitable and ground was broken at 141 Rockefeller Road (adjacent to the health care center) in Delmar to build an expanded and modernized home. Our current location now offers 67 comfortable, spacious rooms with private baths, 24- hour living support, medication assistance, home-style meals, a consulting registered dietitian, a full activities program, housekeeping, laundry services and more. 

Bethlehem Commons at Good Samaritan Village (Formerly: Good Samaritan Lutheran Health Care Center)

Bethlehem Commons dates from the mid-1960s. The Rev. Arthur H. Gerhardt, Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, initiated the idea for a residential health care facility for older persons. In 1970, George W. Ehrcke donated 10 acres of land as a site for the new facility. Bethlehem Commons opened the doors to its first resident in February 1975.  Originally a health related facility, Bethlehem Commons transitioned over to a skilled nursing facility as state and federal regulations changed in 1989. A modern 120-bed residence, Bethlehem Commons offers highly skilled and compassionate care for people with a broad variety of medical needs.  Our services consist of geriatric rehabilitative services including physical, occupational and speech therapies, a dedicated short term rehabilitation unit, orthopedic care, cardiac rehabilitation, nutritional counseling, therapeutic recreation and more.

Good Samaritan Senior Housing
In the late 1980s, the New York State Housing Trust Fund Office awarded a $2.5 million “turnkey” grant to the Good Samaritan Home to build a 36-unit, two-story one- and two-bedroom apartment complex for low- to sheltered- income senior citizens. Opened in May 1990, the building is located on 2.5 acres of the original 10-acre Good Samaritan site on Rockefeller Road.  Residents live independently but several contract services from outside providers. Transportation is available through the Town of Bethlehem Senior Services.  

Our Philosophy
Since the founding of the original Good Samaritan Home, we’ve been helping older adults live well and maintain their personal dignity by caring for their medical, social, and spiritual well being. We value the spirit of individuality that resides within each one of us.  Our ministry is founded on the understanding that when a person chooses to make their home in this community, they are changing where they live, not who they are. We celebrate cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity in all of it’s forms, supporting our residents’ freedom to live their lives in a way they see fit, while helping them maintain a healthy relationship with their community.