WesleyLife Week 2017: Happy 70th Birthday!

WesleyLife Week

Celebrating Our Heritage of Serving Iowans for 70 Years:

Welcome to a Special WesleyLife Week Celebration!

This week marks a very special milestone in the history of WesleyLife: Our 70th anniversary.

Seven decades ago, the South Iowa Methodist Church Conference created a foundational vision of establishing a retirement home for aging ministers and their spouses. Using the gift of the esteemed Chamberlain Estate in Des Moines, the Conference established Wesley Acres, Inc., as a faith-inspired, nonprofit ministry to serve older adults.

Today, WesleyLife is proudly established as Iowa's most comprehensive provider of services for older adults. We serve more than 10,000 individuals in 15 counties and seven (soon to be eight!) Communities for Healthy Living throughout Iowa, and also through an array of home-based services: home health, personal services, hospice services, transportation, adult day, and Meals on Wheels. The focus of our ministry continues to be helping people remain independent, wherever they call home. 

It's safe to say our founders couldn't have envisioned the breadth of services provided by today's WesleyLife -- but we think they'd be proud that the values and vision on which the organization was built remain at the forefront of all we do. 

We hope you'll take the time to celebrate this week. Join us for devotionals every morning, knowing you'll be inspired along with every other WesleyLife "family" member across the state. We hope you'll be reminded that you're a part of something much larger than yourself, and that our gratitude is to God for allowing us to come together this way.

Thank you for all you've done, and for all you continue to do. Here's to the next 70 years! 

Welcome to WesleyLife Week! A devotional from our CEO

Friday, July 7: Rob Kretzinger, CEO, WesleyLife

Biography — Learn about the Presenter

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Monday, July 10: Cliff Dyas, Director of Facilities, Hearthstone 

Biography — Learn about the Presenter

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Tuesday, July 11: Edythe Hill, Resident, The Village

Biography — Learn about the Presenter

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Transcript — Read the Devotional


Wednesday, July 12: Bill Brantley, Resident, Edgewater 

Biography — Learn about the Presenter

Video — Watch the Devotional

Transcript — Read the Devotional


Thursday, July 13: Eloise Prater, Volunteer, Park Centre / Willowbrook Adult Day 

Biography — Learn about the Presenter

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Transcript — Read the Devotional


Friday, July 14: Ione Burham, Resident, Halcyon House 

Biography — Learn about the Presenter

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From our WesleyLife Week kickoff in April ...  

Ready, Set ... Be Kind! Random Acts of Kindness is Under Way.

Random Acts of Kindness at WesleyLife begins Friday, April 28, and runs through the organization's 70th anniversary, July 7 -- which marks the beginning of WesleyLife week! Kristy VanDerWiel, Vice President of People & Culture for WesleyLife, takes a moment to remind us what RAK '17 means to the organization, and why we're counting on your participation. Ready, set ... be kind!

Click here to read devotionals from WesleyLife Week 2016!