Wesley Woods Senior Living
Ministry Partner Spotight
Wesley Woods Senior Living serves the needs of 1,800 older adults each year living in 10 communities throughout North Georgia. Its mission is to create communities of connection, well-being, and promise by providing safe, affordable housing and resident-centered quality care to people of all socioeconomic levels.
“We all want to feel safe, secure and connected. Older adults are vulnerable to losing connection with the community as well as experiencing housing and food insecurity,” says Diane Vaughan, President of the Foundation of Wesley Woods. “With that in mind, Wesley Woods was founded by The North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Candler Budd as its driving force. Methodists in North Georgia continue to support Wesley Woods through an offering taken each Mother’s Day.”
The Georgia United Methodist Foundation also partners with Wesley Woods. GUMF recently provided a $3.2 million construction loan to renovate the residential units at St. John Towers in Augusta. GUMF also supports its annual fundraising drives and manages three donor-advised funds and two endowments that have resulted in over $12,000 in gifts to Wesley Woods since 2018.
“Thanks to the generosity of donors giving through GUMF residents at our Athens community and others receive housing assistance and services support like transportation, pastoral care, wellness programming, and meals. Without this assistance, they would be unable to live in their Wesley Woods home,” says Vaughan. “Ms. G lives at our community Asbury Harris Epworth Towers in southwest Atlanta. She is unable to drive due to her significant health issues and mobility challenges requiring her to use a wheelchair. Public transportation is not available to the extent required to keep up with her medical appointments. Due to her extreme low income, she cannot afford to pay privately for transportation. Your generosity provides her the opportunity to maintain her health and mobility while allowing her to stay in the home she loves.”