A New Day is Coming…

Today, Wesley Homes Des Moines officially kicked off the construction phase of the campus redevelopment with a momentous groundbreaking ceremony.

On October 6, 2016, Wesley Homes Des Moines broke ground again, the first of a multi-phase campus redevelopment that begins with New Cottages and a Brownstone. In attendance were elected officials, Wesley Homes board members, executive staff and several Wesley Homes residents, family and friends.

Pictured above, from left to right, are President & CEO Kevin Anderson, Board of Trustees Chair Clark Daffern, Bishop Elaine J. W. Stanovsky, Senator Karen Keiser, Des Moines Mayor Matt Piña, Des Moines Council Member Dave Kaplan and Des Moines City Manager Michael Matthias.

“We’ve been talking about this publicly for about five years, but it’s been a vision for Wesley Homes for nearly a decade,” said Kevin.

The redeveloped campus will offer new amenities designed to meet growing expectations and allow the organization to stay competitive for coming generations. Plans include a woodshop, creative arts room, two story chapel, bistro, educational theater, club room, dining room and underground parking for the Lodge and Brownstones. Apartments will come in a great variety of floorplans, each with a deck or patio, full kitchen, in-home laundry and individually controlled heat and air. Early residents will also have some customization options to choose from.

“There’s a lot of excitement in the Des Moines community among family, friends, residents and public officials. With the redevelopment, we’ll be able to provide a new level of care and comfort to the Des Moines community that will add a lot of value to the city,” said Kevin.

This groundbreaking is a new beginning in the historical journey of Wesley Homes, which has broken ground several times in its history. Each groundbreaking has had the goal of continuing its founder’s dream.

Wesley Gardens groundbreaking, 1953. From left to right: Board President Alfred Johnson, Rev. Robert Ortmeyer, Rev. Dr. William O. Pflaum, Kenneth Price, Dr. Stanley Logan and Walter Heath.

It was in the early 1940s that Rev. Dr. Stanley G. Logan became inspired to solve the living situations of older adults in his community.

“From the inception of Wesley Gardens, it has been our desire to establish a superior type of home,” wrote Stanley.

What’s more, he advocated for providing more than just the necessities to keep people alive and in good health. His desire was to provide conditions for abundant living, including social, recreational, cultural and religious facilities.

When The Terrace of Wesley Homes Des Moines was constructed in 1961, it provided greater residency and a nursing unit. In 1993, Wesley Homes opened a new Health Center. The location consolidated skilled nursing and rehabilitation for 140+ residents. Today, Wesley Homes once again broke ground in order to better provide those conditions for abundant living of which Stanley dreamt.

Rev. Dr. Stanley Logan in front of Cottages 1954

“This is about honoring our past by planning for the future of our community. With this new beginning, we can continue Dr. Logan’s dream,” said Kevin.

Though the groundbreaking ceremoniously marks the beginning of the construction phase of the redevelopment, members of the community know that Wesley Homes is more than just its buildings. While the campus will change in appearance over time, its character and integrity will stay the same. Wesley Homes is a community made up of incredible individuals who wish to see the organization have continued success and a lasting legacy.

“There’s no larger endeavor in Wesley Homes’ history than what we’re doing today. This is a very significant moment, and we thank the people who have stood by us and are eagerly looking forward to seeing this come to fruition,” said Kevin.

Wesley Homes is ready for its next big adventure. Click here for more information on Wesley Homes campaign to redevelop Des Moines!