We Are Inspired by Our Residents

By Ellen Johanson, Annual Giving Manager for Wesley Community Foundation With only one day left of our annual giving event, we are inspired by our communities. As senior living communities work to protect themselves against COVID-19, we’re challenged with engaging residents during physical distancing and stay home-stay safe requirements. We balance enriching activities and communicating   Read more…


Now More than Ever Wesley’s Spirit Shines!

During this most challenging time for older adults and health care workers, Wesley Gives BIG is your opportunity to help us keep our residents and staff safe. Wesley Gives BIG is an annual giving event leading up to Wednesday, May 6, but why wait when you can GIVE EARLY! GREATEST NEED FUND: Your dollars go to where   Read more…


How To Help Wesley Communities During COVID-19

Many have asked how to help Wesley – through Wesley Community Foundation – during this most challenging time for our residents and our dedicated staff. Ways You Can Help During COVID-19: Make a donation to Wesley Community Foundation’s GREATEST NEED Fund. To meet the many challenges COVID-19 presents, both today and into the future, Wesley   Read more…


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…


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…


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…


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…