Sharing the Warmth

Wesley communities are giving coats this winter! Residents and staff at Wesley Lea Hill and Des Moines campuses are hosting clothing drives for their local clothing banks. With donation bins around the community buildings, Wesley residents and staff are contributing their clean, gently used coats, sweaters, scarves and other warm items to help our neighbors   Read more…


Sisters Meet for First Time at Lea Hill

Barbie Sharrard was united for the first time with a sister she never knew existed. Barbie was at a quilting retreat when she got a surprise phone call from her older daughter Margot. “Mom, you’ve got a sister!” With their mother’s permission, Barbie’s daughters Margot and Jill had done some sleuthing into their mom’s past.   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…


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…


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…


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…


Lea Hill: A Safe Place to be in the Event of a Disaster

Residents of Wesley Homes Lea Hill test their emergency preparedness with a disaster simulation drill. It’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving at Wesley Homes Lea Hill, and at 9:00 a.m., there’s a weather alert for a severe wind and storm watch. With minimal staff and the campus director out of town, what do you do? If   Read more…


Resident Helped Develop Stealth Bomber

Fred Gangl, a five-year resident of Wesley Homes Lea Hill and a WWII veteran, is credited with helping to develop the B-2 Stealth Bomber. Born in Cincinnati Ohio, Fred Gangl went into the service at 18 years old. He was in the Navy during WWII from February 1943 to February 1946. He spent two and   Read more…


Lea Hill Gives Back with a Community Blood Drive

Staff, residents and family at Wesley Homes Lea Hill donated blood to the Auburn community. An important goal for Wesley Homes has always been to be a part of the greater community through active involvement and charity work. That’s why Wesley Homes Lea Hill Human Resources Generalist Donna Hyder arranged for a local community blood   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…