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Wesley House is a dedicated non-profit organization based in Louisville, KY.

Committed to fostering a stronger and more inclusive community, we provide essential resources and support to individuals and families in need. With a mission to create lasting positive change, we run various programs that empower and uplift those facing adversity, offering them a chance to thrive and reach their fullest potential. Through the collective efforts of our compassionate team and generous donors, we strive to build a brighter future for everyone in our community. Join us in making a difference and be a part of the transformative impact we create at Wesley House Community Services.

Our Mission

To help people help themselves.

To help people help themselves.

Our Vision

To be the leading family services community center along the Preston corridor providing early childhood, school-age and adult programs while proactively advocating for policy and systemic change that propels equity for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC).

Our Equity Statement

Equity is a journey; It is an active and dynamic process. Wesley House is committed to the work of opening access to resources and opportunities for all people without regard to race, sexual orientation, gender, orientation or socioeconomic status.

Our Team

Meet the people dedicated to helping Wesley House succeed
Our Partners

Our Partners

Fostering Collaboration and Empowering Communities
Wesley House Community Services gratefully acknowledges the incredible impact our partners are making within our community through their unfailing support of “Helping people help themselves.” You can learn more about these partners by visiting their websites, connecting with them on social media, and following our news page!
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Our History

In April 1903, the Woman’s Missionary Society of the Louisville Conference: Methodist Episcopal Church South, Founded the Louisville Settlement Home. Five months later, the agency began activities in a ten-room brick building on East Jefferson Street under the direction of a Methodist deaconess, Miss Ogilvie.

Early activities included a kindergarten, a Sunday school, and the Barclay chorus club, “made up of thirty-five school boys, who, although at first very unruly and defiant of workers and ministers, later became known for their good behavior and sweet singing.” The Louisville Settlement Home also sponsored a club for factory girls and young woman, a young men’s club, prayer service, mother’s meetings, lectures and industrial classes.

In 1908, the agency found new quarters on Main Street, adjacent to Marcus Lindsey Memorial Church and became known as Wesley House. Seventeen years later, in 1925, Wesley House moved to a location at 803 East Washington St., a block north of the old location. The physical plant grew to include a building and a gymnasium, both of which were connected to the older structures. A recent physical addition wad the Wesley United Community Park, Dedicated in July 2002.

The environment around Wesley House changed over the past century and so did the array of programs it offered. Sewing clubs, Scout activities, summer camps, and more have largely evolved into programs that provide essential services to low-income families in the distressed neighborhoods of Louisville. Today we reside at a former United Methodist Church on Preston Highway.

What hasn’t changed is Wesley House’s commitment to serving its community in a spirit of Christian love.