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…


Wesley Encores Bring in Christmas Cheer

Wesley’s resident chorus delights Tree of Lights guests with classic Christmas carols and holiday songs. Every year, Wesley communities host the Tree of Lights holiday celebrations dedicated to honoring loved ones. This is the second year the Wesley Encores resident chorus has performed at the Des Moines Tree of Lights since the group’s inception in   Read more…


7 DIY Holiday Craft Ideas

Try some of these do-it-yourself ideas for upcycling or repurposing clutter into new holiday creations. Do you have a collection of craft supplies you’ve never touched? Perhaps there are some possessions you still haven’t thrown away because you wonder if they may be of use to someone some day. The holidays are a great time   Read more…


Thank You for Making a Difference

By Julie Fraser, Wesley Homes Foundation The 2016 Annual Tree of Lights was successful because of you. Thank you! Wesley Homes was built on philanthropy, and it is this core value of compassionate generosity which warms our collective spirit and brightens our communities. The adage, “‘Tis better to give than to receive,” is alive and   Read more…


Beat the Holiday Blues

It’s a festive time of year for many, but others struggle with feelings of loneliness and depression during the holiday season. For some people, the holiday season can be a reminder of loss and loneliness, reinforced by cultural ideals on what is to be expected from family and friends. It can be helpful to plan   Read more…


11 DIY Holiday Gifts

Try some of these inexpensive do-it-yourself holiday gifts and decorations. Creating a unique gift from scratch is a great way to show someone you care. DIY projects can be very fulfilling exercises in creativity. Though it may seem daunting at first, it really doesn’t take much to make something special. Most of these projects can   Read more…


Tree of Lights at Des Moines

Wesley Homes Foundation invites you to celebrate the holidays, and those you love, by making a donation. Whether it is in memory of a loved one who has passed or in honor of your grandchildren, parents or mentor – your generosity plays a critical role in championing the needs of our communities and the mission   Read more…


Tree of Lights at Lea Hill

Wesley Homes Foundation invites you to celebrate the holidays, and those you love, by making a donation. Whether it is in memory of a loved one who has passed or in honor of your grandchildren, parents or mentor – your generosity plays a critical role in championing the needs of our communities and the mission   Read more…