Quilting for a Cause

By Ellen Johanson, Wesley Community Foundation Annual Giving Manager Cheerful. Grateful. Giving. These aren’t just words; they’re qualities that define many Wesley residents. Talented, hard-working and creative are a few more. You can see these qualities when you visit the Needlecrafters, who make handcrafted items of beauty and purpose in The Gardens at Wesley Des   Read more…


Virtual Dementia Training & Other Programs

How a personalized Tree of Lights gift can honor a loved one and improve the lives of older adults. Earlier this year, Wesley Community Foundation provided funding for Virtual Dementia Tour kits which are now being used with great success to help the Wesley Des Moines Health Center staff get a first-hand understanding of what   Read more…


Cultivating a Greater Understanding of Dementia

Wesley has started a new, hands-on dementia training program to help improve person-centered care. The Virtual Dementia Tour is a clinically developed, evidence-based program that offers participants a hands-on simulation of what it’s like to have dementia. The program was brought to Wesley Des Moines by Chaplain Michael Byrd and funded by the Wesley Community   Read more…


Drumming for the Health of it!

Sponsored by Wesley Community Foundation Wesley residents take up drumming to improve their well-being. As one of the world’s oldest musical instruments, drums have a place in every culture. From the ancient drum rhythms of African, Australian Aborigine and Asiatic rituals to keeping the beat for colonial marches, drums have played a major role in   Read more…


Tax Reform and Charitable Giving in 2018

By David Snow, Community Foundation Director of Campaigns Learn how the new tax laws affect charitable deductions for donors. On December 20, Congress enacted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, ushering in the most far-reaching changes in the federal tax code in more than three decades. In addition to rate cuts, a number   Read more…


Helms’ Legacy Honors Both Departed Husbands

Wesley Homes Des Moines resident Gloria Helms pays tribute to her late husbands through a chapel designation. Gloria Helms, born Gloria Traynor, grew up in North Dakota. She moved to Washington State in 1951 with her soon-to-be husband, John White, where she worked as a secretarial assistant at General Electric for 58 years. John passed   Read more…


Leadership Training Inspires Wesley Staff

New leadership training has inspired Wesley team members to better serve residents and empower others. Wesley Homes believes in the power of great leadership and the importance of promoting professional growth to better serve its residents and the greater community. Tapping into our mission statement to affirm the worth of those we serve and those   Read more…


GiveBIG! Now More Than Ever

By Julie Fraser, Wesley Homes Foundation Annual Giving Manager Philanthropy: the love of humanity – in the sense of caring for, nourishing, developing or enhancing; humanity in the sense of what it is to be human.* GiveBIG, our annual online charitable event, provides you with an opportunity to give a gift that positively impacts lives   Read more…


The Greatest Generation

By Julie Fraser, Wesley Homes Foundation Annual Giving Manager He and his peers are the touchstones of their culture – the courageous warriors of their youth and the sage warriors of our here and now. Award-winning journalist and television anchorman Tom Brokaw described the group of Americans born in the 1920s as The Greatest Generation.   Read more…


Groundbreaking Celebration for Bradley Park

Join us this month in celebrating the future of Bradley Park and the journey that has led to this commemoration. Wesley Homes Bradley Park is holding a groundbreaking celebration to commemorate the beginning of the development of the Bradley Park campus in Puyallup. The campus will provide a new level of care and comfort for   Read more…