Wesley Woods Mother’s Day Offering to be Celebrated Across North Georgia
NGUMC Churches to Help Seniors In Need
Mother’s Day Collection Slated for Sunday, May 14, 2017
Congregations across the North Georgia Conference will soon support the work of Wesley Woods and the older adults in its care with a special observance and offering collection on Mother’s Day, which is celebrated on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has designated this day as Wesley Woods Sunday in the 850 churches of the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Funds raised will help the over 75% of the 1,800 Wesley Woods older adult residents, in 10 different communities, who need financial assistance to remain in their homes, receive needed assisted living, and access meal plans. Forty percent of these seniors are living below the poverty level.
“Imagine how it feels when you have a place to lay down at night knowing that you're safe and cared for. Just imagine that feeling. I challenge our community to create that for somebody else. When you give to Wesley Woods, that is exactly what you are doing,” said Rev. Dr. Byron E. Thomas, pastor-in-charge for Ben Hill United Methodist Church and long-time Wesley Woods supporter.
“At Wesley Woods, we exhaust all resources so that our seniors never have to leave what has become their home just because of their financial circumstances,” said Tracy Crump, president and CEO of the Foundation of Wesley Woods. “This unique policy is only made possible by the generous support we receive from donors and the annual Mother’s Day Offering. Without this, these seniors will face losing their homes and independence.”
While churches responded generously in 2016, and helped raise over $245,000, the need for benevolence care still exceeded the amount required to meet the housing and care needs of all its residents.
Wesley Woods is seeking more support in 2017 so it can provide appropriate care for all those in need.
“The annual Mother’s Day offering is a special opportunity for people to pay tribute to the women who helped shape their lives,” stated Crump. “Even if the women who have cared for you may not be living at a Wesley Woods community, those who do make their home with us played an important role in the life of someone who may not be able to give. We hope you will join with us and show your support for those in need.”
About the Foundation of Wesley Woods
The Foundation of Wesley Woods serves as the connection point between the generosity of supporters in the community and the practical, life-changing work of Wesley Woods. Through the philanthropic support of our generous community, older adults of all income levels, races and faiths have a caring community and live thriving lives full of independence and contribution. Through the Foundation, significant benevolence care is extended to those individuals who have outlived their financial resources.
About Wesley Woods Senior Living
Wesley Woods Senior Living supports healthy aging by helping older adults live independently longer, with a higher quality of life, via resident-centered communities. Founded in 1954 with the mission to assure all older adults age with grace, dignity and purpose, Wesley Woods provides safe, affordable residential housing and support services for older adults throughout North Georgia. It operates 10 residential communities, including five HUD communities, in Atlanta, Augusta, Athens, Blairsville, Roswell and Newnan. More than 1,800 older adults, 75% of whom will need financial assistance and over 40% of which live below the poverty line, are served annually in Wesley Woods residential communities, primarily in independent living settings. Some communities also include a continuum of care, which includes independent living services, assisted living services, memory care and skilled nursing care.