Is it Better to Give or Receive?

From staff to residents, the spirit of giving thrives at Wesley. By Ellen Johanson, Annual Giving Manager Wesley Community Foundation Chances are you have probably heard, “It is better to give than to receive.” It is well-known since the person credited with saying it was Jesus Christ, so the saying has been around for about   Read more…


Bernie Dorsey Receives Children’s Champion Award

Bernie Dorsey is recognized for his work on founding Conscious Fathering classes. Bernie Dorsey, Foundation Major Gifts Officer and Campaign Manager, was recently awarded the 2019 Laura Smith Brown Children’s Champion Award. The Board of Directors of Parent Trust for Washington Children presents this prestigious award in recognition of Bernie’s many years of leadership on   Read more…


Wesley Gives BIG, Wednesday May 8!

Now, more than ever, you have the power to make a difference! The power of each person’s gift is remarkable. Every gift counts! Make a donation online or write a check to Wesley Community Foundation. TOGETHER, LET’S DO THIS! Your contributions help the people, places and programs that make Wesley special. We support programs that enrich the   Read more…


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…