- our story
Our capital campaign goal is to raise $550,000 for the purchase and minor renovations of our larger, “new” Reynolds Street facility acquired in June 2013. One-time gifts or monthly pledges are appreciated.
We currently serve 55 children in after-school and summer programs that focus on academic support and excellence. We also serve 25 senior citizens in a weekly program focused on fellowship, food, and wellness checks. We continue to have more requests for service than we can accommodate; we have waiting lists for both programs.
Wesley House was housed in a small building on Dameron Avenue between 1952 and the summer of 2013. We long ago outgrew our existing space and knew that we needed a bigger Wesley House so that we could expand our programs and serve even more people in inner-city Knoxville.
Fortunately, we were able to purchase a 26,000 square foot building, more than quadrupling our previous space. Our new building is located at 1719 Reynolds Street, the former Laura Cansler Elementary School, and it is within a mile from our previous site. The building has ten classrooms, a gymnasium, a large multi-purpose room, and a lunchroom. With this new space, we hope to soon triple our enrollment. We are so excited about all of the possibilities that our new space will provide!
The new building is in fairly good shape, with a relatively new roof and heat and air system. It was previously owned and used by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. As they consolidated into another larger building and we got the opportunity to buy this facility, we knew that God was opening a big door for us. We previously had tentative plans to expand our existing facility, which would have cost substantially more than the purchase of the Cansler building.
We are raising $550,000 in our capital campaign, and since December 2012, we have already raised over $270,000, with 100% board participation in the campaign. This $550,000 will cover the purchase as well as some minor repairs and renovations.
Could you be one of those gifts that would put us one step closer to realizing our dream of serving more youth and seniors?