Wesley House Community Center

aka Wesley House   |   Knoxville, TN   |  www.wesleyhouseknox.org

Mission

Wesley House empowers and strengthens our community by providing academic, emotional, and spiritual support. We serve Knoxville's most under-resourced communities.

Ruling year info

1978

Executive Director

Ms. Kara Finger

Main address

1719 Reynolds Street

Knoxville, TN 37921 USA

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Formerly known as

Wesley Settlement House

EIN

59-1766786

NTEE code info

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Wesley House empowers and strengthens our community by providing academic, emotional, and spiritual support.

We seek to serve the whole family by providing academically based after-school and summer programming to inner-city children (grades K-8) and home-bound senior citizens.We also identify other needs these families may have and make referrals to partner organizations.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Wesley House Community Center

The main thrust of this program includes the philosophy that if children receive and develop at least 30 of 40 life assets during their youth, they will become leaders within their own families and within the community It is with that goal in mind that we strive to give the children of Mechanicsville, Lonsdale, and Beaumont communities the opportunity to succeed in school and improve their chances of becoming a leader. We completed a survey and study at the end of the school year in May 2007. Those results proved to be very encouraging. 85% of our children had maintained a good grade or improved their grades in Math. 90% had maintained or improved their grades in Reading and Composition.

Population(s) Served

CARES stands for Children's After school Recreational and Educational Support. We provide a safe and nurturing place for about 95 children who attend urban schools in Knoxville, TN. We focus on academic, spiritual, emotional and social support for their growth and success.

Population(s) Served

STEP stands for Summer Time Enrichment Program. This is an all day, 8 week program for kids who are going into Kindergarten up to eighth graders. We focus on educational and social skill development with morning classroom activities and afternoon field trips. In the summer of 2016 we averaged 120 children daily. All of our participants read daily, all summer long.

Population(s) Served

WISE stands for Wellness in Senior Education. This program supports 25-30 senior citizens from those same urban areas of our city that our kids come from. We pick these folks up from their homes every Friday and get them together for food, fellowship and fun. For many of them it is the only time they get out of their houses unless they are going to the doctor or church.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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We work to ensure that our students make regular academic progress, at or above grade level. The students we serve come from under performing schools. So, we focus on reading and math skills, which we believe are the basis for all learning.

Our senior program helps inner city elders combat the isolation and loneliness they may otherwise face. We help them develop friendships, create new experiences, and address health, hunger, or shelter concerns.

We operate an after-school and summer program for K-8th grade students.

We also do a weekly lunch with inner-city senior citizens.

We work from a 25,000 square foot former elementary school, which provides us with lots of space for grade-level classrooms and senior activities. We are a National Mission of the United Methodist Women. That support provides us with financial resources and a higher profile among churches and missions.

More than 70 percent of our students show academic improvement during each year. Traditionally, two-thirds of our children have been on their school's Honor Roll.

Financials

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Wesley House Community Center

Board of directors
as of 08/26/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Toby Olson

Infuzion

Term: 2018 - 2020