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Ambassador Andrew J. Young Jr. & Wesley Woods Residents Honored in LeadingAge Profiles in Positive Aging Award Gala


(ATLANTA, December 5, 2016) - Ambassador Andrew J. Young Jr., 84, recently was presented with the 2016 Positive Aging Icon Image Award by the Georgia Institute on Aging and LeadingAge Georgia at their annual Profiles in Positive Aging Awards Gala. The Icon award recognizes Ambassador Young for his lifetime of vital contributions to society and his continued services to others on a local, national and global scale.


The annual Profiles in Positive Aging Awards Gala held at the Atlanta History Center also celebrated 20 of Georgia's elders from all walks of life who exhibit the power or positive aging in their daily lives. Among those honorees were Thomas Bolton of Wesley Woods at Asbury Harris Epworth Towers in East Atlanta, who helps with Meals on Wheels five days a week.




Clair Swann of Wesley Woods at Talmage Terrace Lanier Gardens in Athens who served on the advisory board for years while her mother lived at Lanier Gardens for 26 years.


Representing Wesley Woods at St. George Village in Roswell is Harold Tinley, who at 96 years old, has a successful lifelong hobby of making cabinets, baby cradles and tables, despite being blind in one eye.




Lucy Hill of Wesley Woods Towers in Atlanta, who participated in the civil rights march with Hosea Williams as bricks were being thrown at their buses as they rode to the march site.





At 105 years of age, Dosh Jackson of A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab at Wesley Woods in Atlanta worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 35 years. He is best known for his ability to repair TVs, radios and record players from the early age of 14.



And finally Barbara Wenzel, also representing A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab at Wesley Woods in Atlanta, who is an active volunteer and known as a kind greeter to everyone for more than 15 years.




LeadingAge Georgia is the statewide Association for over 170 not-for-profit and other mission-driven organizations dedicated top providing quality housing, healthcare and community-based services for Georgia's elders. Its educational arm, the Georgia Institute on Aging, hosts the annual awards gala to raise awareness for quality elder care and to fund year-round educational opportunities for paraprofessionals, professionals and family members who provide care for seniors.


For more information, please contact Jacquelyn Thornton of LeadingAge Georgia at (404) 889-8536 or jthornton@leadingagega.org.


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Atlanta Leaders to be Celebrated as Heroes Saints & Legends Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby, Community Leaders Ann Q. Curry, Bishop John H. Adams & Dr. Dolly Desselle Adams will be

Honored at Foundation of Wesley Woods Gala in March 2017




( L to R) 2017 Heroes, Saints & Legends Honorees: Hank M. Huckaby, Dr. Dolly Desselle Adams,
Bishop John H. Adams and Ann Q. Curry


Atlanta, Ga. (November 16, 2016) – Prominent Georgians who all share a commitment to helping older adults live independently longer, with a higher quality of life, will be honored at the next Heroes, Saints & Legends gala presented by the Foundation of Wesley Woods.

 

University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank M. Huckaby, Ann Q. Curry of Coxe Curry & Associates and Bishop John H. Adams and Dr. Dolly Desselle Adams will be honored at the event that celebrates Georgians who have made significant ongoing contributions to the community through their dedication to leadership, service and philanthropy. 

 

The Heroes, Saints & Legends event will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the St. Regis Atlanta, 88 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305. Funds raised will benefit Wesley Woods Senior Living’s independent living communities, which serve more than 1,800 older adults annually, as well as specially designated Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease research and education programs at Emory University.

 

“Heroes, Saints & Legends gives us all the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the tremendous work these wonderful people have done to improve the lives of so many others,” said Tracy Crump, president & CEO of the Foundation of Wesley Woods. “We look forward to having the public join us in honoring these individuals who help make possible the life-changing work of Wesley Woods.”

 

This year’s Heroes, Saints & Legends honorees include:

The Right Reverend John H. Adams, retired senior bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Dr. Dolly Desselle Adams, retired educator and civic leader

Honored for their commitment to civil rights, social justice and raising awareness in the African-American community around cognitive disorders affecting seniors.


+ John H. Adams was elected and consecrated the 87th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1972. He retired from active service at the 2004 General Conference after 54 years in ministry, with 22 years as a pastor and 32 years as a bishop, with 16 of those 32 years as senior bishop.

Long recognized as a creative coalition builder, Bishop Adams is founder of the Congress of National Black Churches (CNBC), founder of the Richard Allen Service and Development Agency (SADA), founder and chair of the Institute of Church Administration and Management (ICAM) in Atlanta, Georgia, the Educational Growth Organization (EGO) in Los Angeles, California, the Central Area Motivation Program in Seattle and chair of the Central Area Civil Rights Committee of Seattle, Washington.

In Georgia, Bishop Adams founded the Registry for Remembrance. The Registry is a special community and academic partnership to educate and recruit African Americans for long term research participation at the Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC).

+ Dr. Dolly Desselle Adams served in a variety of posts from preschool teacher to professor at the University of Michigan, Wilberforce University, Albany State College, Paul Quinn College, Howard University School of Law to the Interdenominational Theological Center. Her role as Episcopal Supervisor of the Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) and the Ministers’ Wives of the Tenth, Second, Sixth, Seventh and Eleventh Episcopal Districts covered a span of 32 years.  Dr. Adams led the WMS, YPD and Ministers’ Spouses into active participation in civic, religious, economic, political and social endeavors. 


Ann Q. Curry, chairman and chief client strategist, Coxe Curry & Associates

Honored for her commitment to helping nonprofit organizations successfully realize their mission and drive community impact.


For more than 40 years, Ann Curry has played a leading role in development efforts aiding non-profits in Georgia. Campaigns Curry leads or has led for Coxe Curry & Associates include the $325 million Greater Grady campaign for the Grady Health Foundation, Spelman College's $150 million campaign, The Trust for Public Land's $150 million Chattahoochee land protection effort and the Piedmont Park Conservancy's $41.2 million expansion of the Park. She currently consults with the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Berry College  and the Westside Future Fund.


Hank M. Huckaby, Chancellor of the University System of Georgia (Retiring in 2016)

Honored for his commitment to higher education, state and local civic leadership and service to the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church.

In May of 2011, the Board of Regents selected Hank M. Huckaby as the University System’s 12th chancellor. He currently oversees 29 public colleges and universities with a $8.1 billion annual budget and more than 47,000 faculty and staff fulfilling the teaching, research and public service mission to 318,164 students.

Huckaby is active in The United Methodist Church and has held numerous positions at both the conference and national levels. A graduate of the Methodist-affiliated Young Harris College, he maintains ties to the school and serves as a trustee. Huckaby and his wife, Amy, are members of Athens First United Methodist Church.

 

Past Heroes, Saints & Legends honorees include former First Lady Rosalynn S. Carter, former Atlanta Mayors Andrew Young, Sam Massell and Shirley Franklin, business and civic leaders Truett Cathy, Jesse Hill, Ingrid Saunders Jones and Paul S. Amos, Lonnie Ali, baseball legend Hank Aaron, and numerous others.

 

Headquartered in Atlanta, Wesley Woods offers housing and supportive services for older adults throughout North Georgia. More than 1,800 older adults, 75 percent of whom need financial assistance and one-third of which live below the poverty line, are served annually in Wesley Woods residential communities, primarily in independent living settings.

 

About Heroes, Saints & Legends

For 27 years, Heroes, Saints & Legends has honored individuals who through a lifetime commitment to philanthropy, volunteerism and devotion to the community have transformed lives. Heroes, Saints & Legends is noteworthy for  honoring community leaders as well as for  raising awareness around the challenges older adults face and how we can work together for solutions, so that  all older adults across North Georgia, regardless of their circumstances, can live independently longer, with a higher quality of life.

 

Funds raised through Heroes, Saints & Legends are used to ensure Wesley Woods Senior Living residents remain in their homes and receive all of the loving care they need for as long as possible.  Additionally, funds raised will also further research, education, early detection and intervention programs at Emory University, our longtime partner, that contribute both to patient care and an eventual cure for both Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

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'Jazzing with Grace' Raises $27,846 for Programs That Help Wesley Woods Residents
Concert Presented by Ben Hill United Methodist Church Featured Stellar Line Up of Jazz Artists, Former WSB-TV News Anchor Monica Kaufman Pearson and Jazz Artist Milkshake Mayfield


Atlanta, Ga. (October 21, 2016) - Leaders of Ben Hill United Methodist Church have announced that "Jazzing with Grace", their recent sold-out benefit concert featuring a stellar lineup of local jazz artists, raised

$27,546 for programs that help Atlanta seniors. All funds raised at the event will support quality of life programs for residents at Wesley Woods' Asbury Harris Epworth Towers and Branan Towers senior living communities through the Foundation of Wesley Woods.




The members and friends of Ben Hill UMC raised $27,846 at their

"Jazzing with Grace" benefit concert to support the quality of life programs
for residents of Wesley Woods' Asbury Harris Epworth Towers and

Branan Towers senior living communities. Celebrating the good news

are (left to right) Harvey Monk, master of ceremonies for Jazzing with Grace

Monica Kaufman Pearson, mistress of ceremonies, the Rev. Dr. Byron

E. Thomas, senior pastor of Ben Hill UMC, and Tracy Crump, President

& EO of the Foundation of Wesley Woods



Donations are still being accepted and can be made online at https://wesleywoods.thankyou4caring.org. Checks made payable to "Ben Hill UMC FWW Benefit" can be mailed to Ben  Hill UMC, 2099 Fairburn Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30331/ Audio and video recordings of the concert are available at the church office for $5 and $10, respectively. The public is invited to call the church office at 404-344-0618 to reserve their copy for pickup.


"Wesley Woods does wonderful work for older adults right here in our local community," said the Rev. Dr. Byron E. Thomas, senior pastor for Ben Hill UMC. "We were pleased to be able to show our support for their commitment to providing safe, affordable residential housing and supportive services that enable people to live independently, leading to longer, healthier lives."


"We often talk about how people give of their time, talents and gifts to help Wesley Woods and I can think of no better example than the members of Ben Hill UMC," said Tracy Crump, president & CEO of the Foundation of Wesley Woods. "The spirit and joy this community brought to 'Jazzing with Grace' was beautiful and will help make possible the chaplaincy and wellness programs that our residents love and value so much,"


Former WSB-TV news anchor Monica Kaufman Pearson served as mistress of ceremonies. Humorist and long-time member of Ben Hill UMC, Harvey Monk, served as master of ceremonies.


Legendary jazz trumpeter Milkshake headlined the event and was accompanied by the Milkshake Quintet featuring Tine Mayfield. The evening began with a performance by the Westlake High School jazz band who were followed by Terry Dukes, Phyllis Adams and Leila Bolden in collaboration with Davey Thrash, Patricia Allen, Tony Hightower and Inspired by God's Grace dancers.


Through its annual jazz concert series, Ben Hill UMC seeks to provide charity to missions both local and international. Last year's concert raised money for an international program of the United Methodist Church and drew a capacity crowd consisting of a cross-section of the Atlanta community.


Honorary co-chairs for the event were James Coleman, a resident of Branan Towers, and Verderia Clark, a long-time resident of Asbury Harris Epworth Towers who past away in August 2016, who was remembered for her love of the place she called home for 17 years.


Headquartered in Atlanta, Wesley Woods offers housing and supportive services for older adults throughout North Georgia, More than 1,800 older adults, 75 percent of whom need financial assistance and one-third of which live below the poverty line, are served annually in Wesley Woods residential communities, primarily in independent living settings.


Asbury Harris Epworth Towers, located at 3033 Continental Colony Parkway, offers high-quality rental assisted affordable housing for older adults in southwest Atlanta. Branan Towers, located at 1200 Glenwood Ave SE, offers similar services to older adults in East Atlanta.


About Ben Hill United Methodist Church

Ben Hill UMC, located in Southwest Atlanta, is a welcoming church with a rich history of service to the community. Ben Hill UMC is blessed with a dynamic worship ministry and anointed pastoral and lay leadership. The congregation supports the needs of the less fortunate in the metro Atlanta area and beyond through its Commission on Missions, Health and Wellness Ministry, Urban Responsibility Ministry (financial assistance to those in need), Food Bank & Trinity Table feeding program. Support is given to the Black Methodist for Church Renewal and World Hunger programs as well. With God's help, the members of Ben Hill UMC will continuously and purposefully work on behalf of the Church to fulfill the mission of Jesus Christ - "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations..." ... TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH IS REQUIRED...Like 12:48. For more information, visit http://www.benhillumc.org


For additional information, please visit http://www.wesleywoods.org or follow the Foundation of Wesley Woods at https://www.facebook.come/WesleyWoodsGA and https://twitter.com/wesleywoodsga.

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Wesley Woods Residents to Benefit from 'Jazzing with Grace' Concert Presented by Ben Hill United Methodist Church to Feature Former WSB-TV News Anchor Monica Kaufman Pearson with Jazz Artist Milkshake Mayfield























Atlanta, Ga. (August 29, 2016) – Seeking to help older adults in their local community, members and friends of Ben Hill United Methodist Church will soon present “Jazzing with Grace”, a fundraising concert featuring legendary jazz artist Milkshake Mayfield and former WSB-TV news anchor Monica Kaufman Pearson as mistress of ceremonies. Humorist and long-time member of Ben Hill UMC, Harvey Monk, will serve as master of ceremonies. All funds raised at the event will support quality of life programs for residents of Wesley Woods’ Asbury Harris Epworth Towers and Branan Towers senior living communities through the Foundation of Wesley Woods.


“Jazzing with Grace” will be presented on Friday, September 30, 2016, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Ben Hill UMC, 2099 Fairburn Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30331. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, with donations appreciated.


Through its annual jazz concert series, Ben Hill UMC seeks to provide charity to missions both local and international.  Last year’s concert raised money for an international program of the United Methodist Church and drew a capacity crowd consisting of a cross-section of the Atlanta community.


Legendary jazz trumpeter Milkshake Mayfield – who has shared national and international stages with some of the greatest jazz giants such as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Terry Clark, Wynton Marsalis and Cab Calloway – will headline the event. He will be accompanied by the Milkshake Quintet featuring Tine Mayfield. Other members of Ben Hill UMC and the community will lend their talent to the event.


Honorary co-chairs for the event are James Coleman, a resident of Branan Towers, and Gertrude Clark. Ms. Clark, daughter of Verderia Clark, a long-time resident of Asbury Harris Epworth Towers who recently passed away, will join in the event to honor her mother's memory and pay tribute to the place her mother called home for 17 years.


“Part of the DNA of Ben Hill UMC is that our members have a desire to be biblically centered, nurturing and caring so we are excited to bring awareness to Wesley Woods and the wonderful work they are doing for our older adults,” said Rev. Dr. Byron E. Thomas, senior pastor of Ben Hill UMC.  “Wesley Woods has served our community well for many years by providing safe, affordable residential housing and supportive services that enable people to live independently longer, leading to longer, healthier lives.” 


“At Wesley Woods, we provide high quality care because living well and with purpose is what we all want for our own family, for ourselves, and is, in fact, what everyone deserves,” said Tracy Crump, president & CEO of the Foundation of Wesley Woods. “Funds raised through this event will support the chaplaincy and wellness programs that our residents love and value so much. We thank the entire Ben Hill UMC community for their support.”


Headquartered in Atlanta, Wesley Woods offers housing and supportive services for older adults throughout North Georgia. More than 1,800 older adults, 75 percent of whom  need financial assistance and one-third of which live below the poverty line, are served annually in Wesley Woods residential communities, primarily in independent living settings.


Asbury Harris Epworth Towers, located at 3033 Continental Colony Parkway, offers high-quality rental assisted affordable housing for older adults in southwest Atlanta. Branan Towers, located at 1200 Glenwood Ave SE, offers similar services to older adults in East Atlanta.


Donations made payable to “Ben Hill UMC FWW Benefit” can be mailed to the church located at 2099 Fairburn Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30331 or online at wesleywoods.thankyou4caring.org.




About Ben Hill United Methodist Church
Ben Hill United Methodist Church, located in Southwest Atlanta, is a welcoming church with a rich history of service to the community. Ben Hill UMC is blessed with a dynamic worship ministry and anointed pastoral and lay leadership. The congregation supports the needs of the less fortunate in the metro Atlanta area and beyond through its Commission on Missions, Health and Wellness Ministry, Urban Responsibility Ministry (financial assistance to those in need), Food Bank and Trinity Table feeding program. Support is given to the Black Methodist for Church Renewal and World Hunger programs as well. With God’s help, the members of Ben Hill UMC will continuously and purposefully work on behalf of the Church to fulfill the mission of Jesus Christ — “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” …TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH IS REQUIRED… Luke 12:48. For more information, visit http://www.benhillumc.org/.


About the Foundation of Wesley Woods

The Foundation of Wesley Woods serves as the connection point between the generosity of supporters in the community and the practical, life-changing work of Wesley Woods Senior Living.  Through the Foundation, significant benevolence care is extended to those individuals who have outlived their financial resources.


About Wesley Woods Senior Living

Wesley Woods Senior Living supports healthy aging by helping older adults live independently longer, with a higher quality of life, via resident-centered communities.  Founded in 1954 with the mission of enabling graceful aging, Wesley Woods provides safe, affordable residential housing and support services for older adults throughout North Georgia.  It operates 10 residential communities, including five HUD communities, in Atlanta, Augusta, Athens, Blairsville, Roswell and Newnan.  More than 1,800 older adults, 75% of whom will need financial assistance and one-third of which live below the poverty line, are served annually in Wesley Woods residential communities, primarily in independent living settings.  Some communities also include a continuum of care, which includes independent living services, assisted living services, memory care and skilled nursing care.


For additional information, please visit http://www.wesleywoods.org/ or follow the Foundation of Wesley Woods on Facebook and Twitter.

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June 8, 2016 - Wesley Woods Appoints New CEO and Names New Foundation President


Retiring CEO, Kenneth Weber, Welcomes New Executives Saying They Are Paving Future for Healthy Aging Initiatives in Georgia


Leaders of Wesley Woods Senior Living today announced the appointment of Terry Barcroft as president and chief executive officer for Wesley Woods Senior Living.  Headquartered in Atlanta, Wesley Woods offers housing and supportive services for older adults throughout North Georgia.


"Terry stood out among a strong field of candidates who were identified by our search consultant," said Christopher Nunn, chairman of the board for Wesley Woods.  "The search committee was extremely impressed with her acumen and strategic perspective.  We are excited to have her leadership and perspective to strengthen and grow Wesley Woods' commitment to healthy aging."


Ms. Barcroft has worked in the field of aging for more than 24 years.  Since 2011, she has been vice president of operations at Wesley Woods. In that role she was instrumental in launching and industry-leading wellness program, overseeing day-to-day operations, and shepherding the organization's strategic planning process.


"In less than 20 years, one out of every six people in the U.S. will be over the age of 65," said Ms. Barcroft, president and CEO of Wesley Woods.  "Here in Georgia, the number of people over age 60 is increasing more rapidly than any other part of the population, which makes the work of the entire Wesley Woods organization more important than ever before.  I am so honored to be able to work with such innovative, mission-minded people as we advance our longstanding commitment to aging with purpose and grace.  That is the promise of Wesley Woods."

Leaders of Wesley Woods also named Tracy Crump as president and chief executive officer for the Foundation of Wesley Woods.  Previously, Ms. Crump served as the Foundation's executive director.  Under her guidance, the Foundation has realized great success, including raising $10.3 million - which exceeded the $9.8 million goal - in its recent Community of Caring Campaign.


"This is an exciting and important time to serve older adults in Georgia, especially here at the Foundation of Wesley Woods," said Ms. Crump.  "We are deeply committed to addressing issues of elder care - whether it be alleviating poverty and homelessness in our aging population or assuring that all older adults, regardless of income, can live and thrive in health and wellness."


Marking a new era of leadership, Ms. Barcroft and Ms. Crump succeed Kenneth Weber, longtime president and CEO of both organizations, who is retiring after 46 years of service and dedication to Wesley Woods.


"Ken Weber's leadership has been instrumental to Wesley Woods becoming a thriving organization which now sets the standard for senior living. I know the board joins me in wishing him all the best in his retirement," said Christopher Nunn, board chair.





September 10, 2015 - Wesley Woods Announces Success of “Community of Caring” Campaign and Unveils Wellness and Safety Improvements for Residents

 

Wesley Woods - a nationally recognized leader in assuring quality, affordable residential services for older Georgians, of all income levels - will celebrate the success of a multi-million dollar capital campaign with an event and tour on September 30 at its Asbury Harris Epworth Towers community. Through its “Community of Caring” campaign and other fundraising efforts, the Foundation of Wesley Woods supports philanthropic needs across the nine Wesley Woods residential communities that support over 1,500 older adults each year.  Asbury Harris, which serves predominantly African-Americans living below the poverty line, is located in Southwest Atlanta...READ MORE

 




May 9, 2015 - Congratulations Liza Kravets, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing graduate winner of the Foundation of Wesley Woods award in recognition of her passion for the care of older adults.



Chapel Services, 'Joy Rides,' and Dependable Allies: Gratitude for Wesley Woods
By Rev. Dr. Coy Hinton
 
The annual Wesley Woods Mother’s Day Offering holds special meaning for me because of my mother-in-law. Mrs. Fanny Jarvis Bruce called Wesley Woods Towers home for eight years. She moved there in 1995 as a recent widow, needing a more secure and lively home environment than living by herself provided. She also needed the great medical care offered by the Wesley Woods Geriatric Clinic. Towers Administrator Joyce Wilson and Dr. Taylor Graves at the Clinic were mainstays in her life who became trusted friends as well as dependable allies in her daily journey to be safe and well.
  
Fanny Jarvis took to life at the Towers right away and made many friends. She served as president of the residents’ association and enjoyed taking an active role in helping organize special activities and also representing the other residents’ interests and concerns. The Towers’ mix of residents—from many parts of the United States and the world—brought a lively and enjoyable diversity of backgrounds and interests to life there...READ MORE


Rev. Dr. Stephen M. Dodson of Peachtree City UMC Receives the 2014 E. Malone Dodson Clergy Award

Congratulations to Reverend Doctor Stephen M. Dodson, Senior Pastor at Peachtree City UMC, and our 2014 Malone Dodson Award recipient. Since 1998, the Malone Dodson Award is given annually by Wesley Woods Senior Living to the clergy person of the North Georgia Conference who best exemplifies visionary and committed leadership with respect to older adults. Reverend Stephen Dodson remarked that, “his love for Wesley Woods was in his DNA.” Reverend and Mrs. Malone Dodson were present at the awards ceremony honoring their son for his incredible support of Wesley Woods through the annual Mother’s Day Offering. Peachtree City UMC increased giving by 146% over 2013 for the annual special offering.


(Pictured here with Rev. Dr. Stephen Dodson (middle), Bishop Michael Watson (left to right), Susan Dodson, Charlotte Dodson, Rev. Dr. Malone Dodson and Wesley Woods Senior Living Board of Directors Chair, Christopher Nunn.)




Wesley Woods Named Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award Winner
Wesley Woods is honored to be named a 2013 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence for Employee Engagement. Only a select number of elite organizations who have reached the 95th percentile for employee engagement qualify for this award. Thank you to all our staff who are instrumental in helping us succeed in our mission to help older adults age with grace.To learn more about careers at Wesley Woods click here.

Branan Towers 40th Anniversary Celebration
Branan Towers residents, staff, advisory board members, and the local community gathered on Friday, November 8th to celebrate 40 years of service to the East Atlanta community.  Special thanks to Reverend Sharma Lewis, the local District Superintendent of the NGUMC and Advisory Board member for performing the act of Reconsecration.


Nascar Driver Jeff Gordon Visits Talmage Terrace
Nascar driver Jeff Gordon, visited Talmage Terrace as part of AARP’s Drive to End Hunger to help Campus Kitchen UGA’s student volunteers pack meals and deliver food to surrounding senior citizens in need of assistance through the Athens Community Council on Aging’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program.

“I’m blown away by the talent and commitment of CKUGA’s student volunteers,” said Gordon, winner of the 2012 Heisman Humanitarian Award. “They have the brains, heart and hustle to make a difference here on campus and beyond.”

Together with local partners including the ACCA and Talmage Terrace, CKUGA provides healthy meals for Athenians who struggle with hunger and isolation, using fresh produce and collected excess food that would otherwise be wasted.



The Circus Comes to Town!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey took the show on the road to Wesley Woods’ Branan Towers community in East Atlanta on Wednesday, February 13th.

After a performance by dancers and the famous clowns, Ringling hosted a CircusFit exercise class. CircusFit is a national fitness program from Ringling Bros. that encourages participants to lead healthy and active lifestyles by combining the fun of circus skills with stretching, strength building and aerobic exercise. The program has been custom created for older adults, and includes modifications for wheelchair exercises.

Ten lucky residents were also given tickets to attend the Thursday evening show, with transportation provided by the Branan Towers community.  

For a full slideshow of pictures, visit our facebook page here.


Thank you for sharing the Greatest Show on Earth with our residents.  A wonderful time was had by all!


Wesley Woods' Recognized for Outstanding Achievements in Superior Affordable Housing

Wesley Woods was presented with an award from the National Housing Compliance, Georgia's HUD contract partner, for "outstanding achievements in providing superior affordable housing" on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013.  Ken Weber, CEO, and Terry Barcroft, Vice President of Operations, accepted the award on behalf of Wesley Woods at the Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association annual meeting in Georgia.  Congratulations to each of our Wesley Woods Administrators for their efforts that make this award possible.


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