Meet Residents Duane and Clara Nelson

A shared love of mountains becomes a shared love for each other. By Pat King, Wesley Des Moines resident It was May 1959 when Clara’s love of mountains brought her from Colorado to Longmire in the southwest corner of Mt. Rainier National Park. She was hired as a secretary for the park. That summer a   Read more…


By Leaps and Bounds at the Lea Hill Care Center

After Sally Steiner had a hip replacement earlier this year, she chose Wesley Lea Hill Rehabilitation & Care Center for her physical therapy. When Sally first arrived at the care center, she had nearly lost all of the mobility in her legs. However, by the time she was discharged approximately a month later, she was   Read more…


Moving into Bradley Park!

The Brownstone at Bradley Park has opened its doors, and our residents are moving in! “We were the second group of people to move in, and it’s all better than expected,” said Wesley Bradley Park Ambassador and Pioneer Ann Miller. She’s most excited about the arts and crafts center opening up in the Lodge. As   Read more…


Meet Lea Hill Resident Gene Barker

Gene, like many of our residents, is a man with many talents. He’s a retired technical engineer, but he is also an experienced costumier. Recently retired from being chair of the Wesley Lea Hill Resident Council, Gene Barker has been an integral part of Lea Hill’s emergency response team. He was approached a couple of   Read more…


98 Year Old Resident Volunteers Care for Wesley Hospice

Des Moines resident Harriet Farman recently reached out to Wesley Hospice to provide volunteer care for patients in need. Wesley’s new hospice program provides emotional and spiritual support, pain management and personalized end-of-life care. The program is also legally required to have volunteers who help support the patient and provide bereavement care. While it is   Read more…


Wesley Resident Helps Pass a New State Bill into Law

Wesley Lea Hill resident Fern Valentine led the drive to pass a significant Washington State bill allowing student journalists more freedom of press. Earlier this year, Washington became the 14th state to adopt a bill which gives student journalists first amendment protections similar to professional journalists. The bill basically gives student editors control over their   Read more…


Des Moines Native Plant Garden

Wesley Des Moines residents are looking to start an eco-friendly native plant garden for local wildlife. Along with the excitement for the renewed Wesley Des Moines campus, some residents are working on figuring out how they might be able to introduce a native plant garden to the new campus. Rita Bailey, Des Moines resident and   Read more…


Making a Full Recovery with Wesley Health & Home Care

Wesley Des Moines resident Ronnie Bialik talks about what helped her most during her recovery from a serious neck injury. Ronnie Bialik has been a resident of Wesley Des Moines for three years. She enjoys spending time with friends, participating in fitness classes and painting with oil and pastels. That is until recently, when she   Read more…


Planning for Retirement but Not Slowing Down

Meet Dennis and Eva Parks, two adventurous individuals who will soon be joining Wesley Des Moines. Dennis and Eva have a long-standing history with and passion for aeronautics. Dennis, whose father worked at Boeing, is a former senior curator for the Seattle Museum of Flight. He retired in 2008 but still has an office at   Read more…


Meet Margaret Squires

Margaret is a fearless champion of life-long learning. Meet Margaret Squires, a longtime resident of Wesley Des Moines for nearly 20 years. Margaret was born on June 27, 1926, in Spokane, WA. She moved to the Philippines with her family when she was 11 years old where she enjoyed her childhood there, making many friends   Read more…