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Wesley Glen Collaborates with Sunapple Studio for Art Grant Project

(Columbus, Ohio)- For the month of June, Wesley Glen Retirement Community residents, along with Sunapple Studio artists have been working together to create a collaborative art project. Sunapple, an art studio for disabled artists, invited Wesley Glen to be a part of this project after receiving a grant from VSA Ohio and the Ohio Arts Council to implement a month-long art program. This grant is intended to enrich the lives of both Sunapple artists, as well as residents at Wesley Glen through teamwork, relationship building and creativity.

“We are lucky to have received this grant,” explained Margo Crabtree “it is amazing how much you are able to gain from group art projects, especially when it is such a diverse group. We have a mixture of individuals who have just began painting, who are intermediate painters, and a few professional painters.” Despite their differences, all the artists came together every Wednesday in June. Artist and teacher, Christine Munhall, led four Wesley Glen residents and four artists from Sunapple through their projects. Together, the group created various mixed media wall murals.

“We are happy to collaborate with Sunapple Studios,” explains Carol Wallenfelsz, life enrichment supervisor at Wesley Glen. “The Sunapple artists have encouraged and supported each other, and as a result they have built relationships that were otherwise unlikely. As a life enrichment professional, that is what I love to see.”

Wesley Glen will hold an exhibit in the library in mid-August. Then, the exhibit will be displayed at FCBDD Service Coordination building in September through December.

About The Wesley Communities

The Wesley Communities is an affiliate of the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church that provides quality housing, health care and services for seniors in Central Ohio. Incorporated in 1967, The Wesley Communities is a not-for-profit Ohio corporation that seeks to promote a positive experience of community and wellness for resident, clients, and staff.

Employee Emergency Fund Exceeds Goal


(Columbus, Ohio)- The Wesley Communities, a faith based not-for-profit, has successfully raised over $30,000 to support the newly established Employee Emergency Fund. The Fund Development team began raising money for the Emergency Fund, which is intended to assist employees who have experienced a recent emergency, as of April 1. Contributions were primarily received from staff members, and residents from Wesley Glen, Wesley Ridge, and Wesley Hospice, which is located on the Wesley Woods at New Albany campus.

The process has already begun. The committee has reviewed two applications for emergency assistance, in which both requests were granted. Total assistance given to date is $1,750. Applications for assistance are kept anonymous, as are the members of the committee. “It’s just like the song by the Beatles,” explained Mary LeMaster, Development Director. “We get by with a little help from our friends.”

The appeal in support of the fund began with a goal of $20,000, which The Wesley Communities has exceed.

“We look forward to helping even more employees in the future,” explained Cathy Wigton, Chief Development Officer. “We are committed to help our residents and staff thrive, through all the ups and downs of their life journey.”

About The Wesley Communities

The Wesley Communities is an affiliate of the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church that provides quality housing, health care and services for seniors in Central Ohio. Incorporated in 1967, The Wesley Communities is a not-for-profit Ohio corporation that seeks to promote a positive experience of community and wellness for resident, clients, and staff.

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