SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM
This program was reinstated in April of 2017.We are presently serving 10 senior citizens. Our senior companions serve the elderly and the sick and shut-ins of Wesley to give them the gift of friendship and help them to maintain their independence and quality of life with dignity. On a monthly basis supportive services are provided to the elderly to meet their basic needs. Based on the needs identified, visits to the doctor, shopping, visiting, bathing, dressing, telephone calls, care packages, birthday cards, etc. are also provided
FOOD ASSISTANE PROGRAM
We are delivering 24 bags of food (high protein) to senior members and some community members twice monthly; the Mondays following the first and third Saturdays. Holy Spirit Catholic Church provides the bulk of the items and our outreach ministry through the senior companion funds adds fruits, vegetables and goodies to the bags on the third Monday each month.This program was initiated in July of 2021. This program is being led by Bettye Robinson, Alfreda G. Legare, Retha Jenkins, Evelyn Brown and Emma Deas.
GREETING CARDS PROGRAM
Get well cards are sent to the sick, encouragement cards are sent to the homebound and to our seniors and sympathy cards are sent to families who are grieving. This ministry is led by Retha Jenkins and Lorrettta Saunders.
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
This program assists members and non-members when funds are available. Members and non-members may contact our outreach chairperson, Lorretta Saunders, for assistance and for referrals to other agencies for assistance. There is an Outreach Ministry Resource Manual in the library that can be used for assistance.
Outreach Ministry provides respite care upon request on a limited basis using the available funds from our senior companion program.
THE RETIRED PERSONS MINISTRY(RPM)
This ministry was initiated in 2007 and is opened to all retirees. This ministry brings in educational programs, provides voter education assistance, travels to educational sites, enjoys social recreational activities, etc. Gerald Mackey chairs this committee and Bettye Legare is the secretary.
Each year on the Monday before Thanksgiving a gift card along with fresh vegetables are provided to our senior citizens, our chronically ill, our homebound members, and our members and non-members who may need assistance. Please sign up with Outreach Ministry.
CHRISTMAS DINNERS, BASKETS or GIFTS
Originally, the senior citizens were taken out to dinner on the Sunday before Christmas or were given fruit baskets. However, in 2009 outreach ministry initiated a churchwide Christmas dinner for everyone the Sunday before Christmas right here at the church. Presently during COVID-19, a Christmas gift is provided to each client of our senior companion program.
DISASTER RELIEF ASSISTANCE
Outreach ministry always provides assistance whenever there is a local, national and international disaster. Retha Jenkins and Evelyn Brown always help the chairperson in leading in these efforts.
FEEDING THE MULTITUDE
Outreach Ministry has worked with this initiative since its inception 16 years ago. Most of the churches on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands provide food, prayer and entertainment to persons on the Island on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Easter LaRoche is one of the persons who represents Wesley each year.