- our story
106 years. That’s a long time Wesley House has been serving our community. We’ve been many things to many people since 1907, but we have always focused on helping those who are underprivileged and need our love, faith, and help the most.
Wesley House currently serves 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 and wellness checks. We continue to have more requests for service than we can accommodate; we have waiting lists for both programs.
From 1952 until the summer of 2013, we operated out of a 6,000 square foot building in inner-city Knoxville. This building has long served its purpose; it has seen us through transitions and growth, as well as into a new century, literally. And throughout the last 61 years, we have certainly grown.
With so many more people that need us, we knew we needed a bigger Wesley House. So, in June 2013, we purchased a nearby building (a former elementary school) that gives us more than 26,000 square feet of space. Now, the possibilities are endless for those we serve!
We hope you will join us as we Go Places, Big Places. Your partnership has been vital to our success over the years, and we want you to be a part of our success as we get settled in our new building and expand our programs to reach more people than ever before. The building is a former elementary school with ten classrooms, a gymnasium, a large multi-purpose room, and a lunchroom. With this new space, we hope to eventually triple our enrollment.
What can you do? Pray for us. Visit our new place (1719 Reynolds Street). And give as you can to this capital campaign. Our goal is $550,000. It has taken the kindness of many to bring us to this point; we are counting on your generosity to take us to a bigger place. Our kids and seniors have big dreams, and we need a bigger place to help make those dreams come true.