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Kasey's Story

I am not sure how you landed on this web page but I am glad you did.

My name is Kasey and I want to tell you a story about how Wesley Center saved my life.

My story:

I decided to change my life for the better and began a year long road to my happiness and better health in March of 2015 when I had gastric bypass surgery. During recovery I needed income to maintain my household so I started in the Work Experience Program (W.E.P.) through the Department of job and Family services in order to receive cash benefits and food stamps. Being in this program I was sent to Wesley Community Center to work with the seniors in the senior program. Being at the Wesley Center has changed my life, not only in the way you think, but also spiritually and emotionally.

From day one I felt like I was welcomed into a family. It was so comforting to be there knowing I was a volunteer and welcomed in like family on my first day. I was still a nervous wreck and very emotionally drained and feeling very down about life, but I put a smile on and pushed through. I’m glad I did because eventually that fake smile turned into a real smile. The first step that changed me was meeting Angela Matlock, the case manager and senior activities coordinator. She amazes me with her passion and concern for everyone. She welcomed me with open arms and helped to rebuild my faith. I was hesitant about church but I started going and soon realized I was changing my attitude and outlook on life. I haven’t prayed in years so I had no clue what to do. This soon changed as I relearned how to pray and use what I was learning to practice at the Wesley Center.

At the Wesley Center I began to dream again.

I was allowed to put ideas and newly discovered talents to good use. This experience got me out of a rut and excited about my future prospects. I was eager to try harder to achieve my goals rather than just going through the motions of life. I was in wonder about the many clients coming in for help and realized they were people just like me who just needed help. I used that knowledge to assist others coming to the Center for help. By this time, I had mentally changed into a different person.

When I started, I was a client. I needed food, clothes and was even given help to get beds for my children. I thought I would always need this help and felt like I was going nowhere. Before I went to Wesley I was feeling tired of fighting. Fighting a never ending battle with my emotions and life. I felt useless. But Wesley has changed that. My courage is built up and I am more open. Today, I have a job. A job that I thought I would have never qualified for but I was encouraged and assisted by the staff. I am also back in college pursuing my dream to be an RN.

I’m not the statistic that I once was.

I feel so good about the direction I am going in. I am no longer alone, unemployed and overweight. I’ve met some amazing people who changed the course of my life. I’ve starting making changes in my life and my children’s lives (they are enrolled in the after school program at Wesley). There is nothing more rewarding than that. Wesley Center is not a hand out. It is a hand up. The more you put in, the more you’ll get out of it. It’s like getting a gold star in school but it’s for life.

My life was changed because Wesley Center was there.

If you have read to this point, then I know my story has moved you in some way. And I am glad it did because I have something to ask you?

I was told it costs about $750 to serve one person in any given program. Would you consider making a gift of $100, $250, $500 or $750 to support one person getting the service, hope and encouragement I received?

It is easy to do. Just click the “Give Money” button above to make a one-time gift or to commit a monthly gift. With every click, another person is closer to getting the help they need.

For every $50 gift made, I will post a gold star on Facebook and on our website. I have a goal of posting 1,000 stars by Christmas. I hope you will help me in reaching my goal.

Thank you in advance for saying yes to saving one more life!


P.S. Spread the joy of giving! Invite your friends on FB to make a gift and to help us reach 1,000 stars. Simply click here!

Giving To Wesley Community Center

One plants. One waters. God gives the increase!

One Plants.

In 1966 The Methodist Mission Society planted a seed in Dayton, Ohio. The Society named its seed the Wesley Center and brought volunteers and staff to work the ground. It was the beginning of hope in a struggling neighborhood. The expectation was that this Center would save someone from the edge of despair. It would save their life. And it has!

One Waters.

For nearly 50 years, Wesley Center has been a seed that has grown into a community organization that saves families from hopelessness. It meets the immediate needs of food and clothing while providing other services to access employment, housing and transportation. It lifts families from poverty.
Your contribution waters the ground that allows the Wesley Center to provide food, clothing and social services that make and continues to make the difference for countless families. You water. You save lives.

God Gives The Increase.

Hundreds of moms (and dads) with kids in tow use our pantry, clothing room, after school programming and job readiness training. We are the gap that makes the difference between hope and despair. With your support, we are saving lives. We are reaping a harvest and we don’t want it to end.

As we keep planting, we ask you to keep watering the ground with your gift!

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As a registered 501c3 non-profit organization donations to Wesley Community Center are tax deductible. We meet all the charitable standards established by the Better Business Bureau, and work hard to keep our Agency running cost effective.