Wesley Community Center
Established in the hearts of Corpus Christi and Robstown, Wesley Community Center has aided the less fortunate since 1942. Our mission is to develop, implement, and administer program models which empower children and families in need by providing food, clothing, quality childcare to homeless, CPS, and low-income families, and permanent housing with support services for homeless children and their mothers.
Wesley Community Center serves a large number of homeless children living in emergency shelters and/or transitional housing facilities, and is the oldest and one of the very few quality childcare centers in rural Nueces County. Our programs offer a healthy, developmentally appropriate learning experience that nurtures children to build confidence, character, and self-worth.
Each year, Wesley's childcare program provides services to hundreds of homeless children, children placed in our care by child protective services (CPS), and children of low to mid income parents. The children receive the best of care from loving and nurturing staff members. Certified by WorkSource as a Texas Rising Star Vendor, Wesley has a well-trained staff that uses a diverse curriculum, which allows children to grow cognitively and socially. 97% of our children meet their social, emotional, and physical targeted developmental milestones.
Unique to the Corpus Christi community, Wesley Community Center is the only agency that provides childcare services to homeless families at no cost to the family or the shelter/transitional housing facility in which they reside. We provide roundtrip transportation between our facility and the five area homeless shelters that house families with children as well as between neighboring schools and our Center. Our childcare centers are open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Without transportation services, many of our children would not be able to access our services.
Homeless Parents are provided childcare while they participate in activities that lead to education, employment, permanent housing and/or seeking medical treatment. Childcare while parents are working is unlimited as long as the family is residing in a shelter or transitional housing. Each year, our homeless program successfully serves over 150 homeless children and families. Wesley staff prepares and provides over 28,000 meals for all our daycare children meeting 2/3 of their daily nutritional needs. 95% of our total enrollment are families who live at or below the poverty level.
MOTHER & CHILD HOME
Our Mother & Child Home, the only permanent housing facility in Nueces County for homeless children and their mothers, opened in the spring of 2015. Mother & Child Home provides apartment units with bedrooms and private bathrooms, a community kitchen with private pantry and refrigerators for each family, a common living and eating area, laundry room, play area, and case management for the families. Documented, eligible women must be drug free, working or attending school, abide by the policies of Mother & Child Home, and pay rent of no more than 30% of their gross monthly income and associated fees.
Mother & Child provides the benefit of one more step of support between transitional housing and permanent housing. All of the program participants will have come from transitional housing and have become used to accessing case management services as well as local supportive services. Although they may be ready to move to permanent housing, they are often in need of safety net services to transition them toward further self-sufficiency and independence. Mother & Child Home fills that need. The women and their children live in a small community of up to eight women in similar life situations. Overseen by the Executive Director and served daily by the case manager, residents are encouraged to actively participate in case management, access supportive services as necessary, participate in resident activities/meetings, parent activities, and become active, engaged members of the community.
The success of Mother & Child cannot be measured simply by the nights of lodging or meals served but by the deep, significant, positive impact that this life-changing project will impart. Mother & Child Home will literally break the chains of poverty and homelessness for these women and their children for generations to come.
FOOD AND CLOTHING PANTRIES
Wesley operates food and clothing pantries at both of our locations in Corpus Christi and Robstown that serve over 8,000 families each year, the majority of whom are senior citizens and families with children. Our Robstown pantry is the only pantry open Monday through Friday in rural Nueces County and covers the city of Robstown and the Calallen and Annaville areas of Corpus Christi. Our Corpus Christi pantry is open Monday through Friday and serves Corpus Christi city wide. At the request of the Food Bank of Corpus Christi, our pantry service areas were expanded due to the large number of other food pantry closures in 2015.
VOLUNTEERS IN MISSION
Volunteers in Mission and Wesley staff reach out to the communities that we serve to help with quality of life projects for low-income elderly and/or handicapped citizens. Volunteers come to us from around the state, country, and locally to assist with life experiences for others less fortunate. Wesley is also assisted by these same Volunteers with playground and building improvements we cannot afford. From mulch for our playgrounds, painting classrooms, landscaping, handmade quilts and blankets, etc., our Volunteers help to fill these gaps.
Forever Grateful for Everyone at Wesley Community Center
"I realized my children and I had become statistics. We were the stereotypical single-parent family living at the poverty level. I knew I wanted a better life for my children . . . I am forever grateful for everyone at Wesley Community Center that made it possible for me to change the course of my life and that of my children." Ester Sanchez, Wesley Parent
Grateful for Wesley Community Center
"I know I am unable to pay for your services even though you deserve a lot, I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for Wesley Community Center and the wonderful things you do." Shelter Parent.
In Total Compliance with all Rules and Regulations
"A monitoring review of Wesley Community Center's HUD Homeless Children's Grant and supporting ESG grant was conducted. The overall review of these two programs revealed that Wesley Community Center is in total compliance with all rules and regulations mandated by HUD and the City of Corpus Christi and the agency received no findings or concerns regarding the administration of these two federal grants." Rudy Bentancourt, City of Corpus Christi CD Administrator
We Need Wesley Community Center
"As a public school primary teacher, I learned very quickly that the pupils who had attended Wesley were better prepared, well-mannered, and as a whole ready for first grade instruction. We needed Wesley then, we need Wesley now, and we will need Wesley in the coming years!" Audrey Corder.
Wesley Community Center- An Extended Family
"Wesley Community Center never seemed like a day care to me. It was more like extended family. My child's needs and wants were exceedingly met. Although other parents at my office often wondered throughout the day if their child was being taken care of, fed, changed, etc., leaving my daughter in the care of Wesley I never doubted a thing. I always knew she was in good hands." Sylvia Campos Aguilar, Wesley Parent