AbleLight Celebrates Inaugural AbleLight Village Community

First-of-its kind senior community in Victoria, Minn. offers joyous and inclusive living with state-of-the-art villas and apartments

AbleLight celebrated the historic opening of its first AbleLight Village community in Victoria, Minnesota, with two events at the Victoria property on September 24, 2020.   

What makes AbleLight Village Victoria truly special is that it’s the first of its kind: a faith-based, adult housing community offering “joyous living” with high-quality, accessible homes for adults 55+ and independent adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The goal of the new development is to encourage inclusion and independent living, and foster meaningful connections among residents.

“This is the future of Bethesda,” said Bethesda President and CEO, Mike Thirtle. “This is a hallmark day for us. This is the first development of its kind in the country … this is going to be a framework for how we’re going to serve people across this great land.”

The community, located at 1519 82nd St., Victoria, Minn., welcomed notable local, regional and national guests at its invitation-only in-person events at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. CT on Thursday, September 24, 2020, and live-streamed the events to the public.

The events included a ribbon cutting, the placement of a cornerstone near the community’s main entrance, and the burial of a time capsule. Notable speakers at the event included: Jonathan Weinhagen, president, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce; Troy Hudson, chaplain, Minnesota Timberwolves; Mike Thirtle, president and CEO, Bethesda; and Tom Campbell, vice president of real estate, Bethesda.

AbleLight Village Victoria consists of a total of 52 well-appointed homes: 37 apartment homes and 15 villa homes. Up to twenty percent of the residences will serve people with a developmental disability who live independently. All homes feature smart-home technology empowering independent living and offering peace of mind. The homes’ design accommodates needs as residents age, offering accessibility with features including walk-in showers, pocket doors and wide doorways to easily accommodate walkers and wheelchairs.

AbleLight Village Victoria residences are nicely appointed, with features including granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, in-unit laundry, soundproofing and patios or balconies. Villas have attached one- or two-car garages and the apartment homes’ building features an underground parking garage for easy access in any weather.   

“This beautiful housing community celebrates independence and brings people together in a fulfilling, comfortable lifestyle,” said Bethesda Vice President of Real Estate Tom Campbell.

For those interested in more information, please call Leasing and Program Manager Julie Hughes at 920-567-8216 or email Visit for more details, photos and a 360-degree tour.