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Our community needs the services provided here - sometimes it's almost hard to believe how many of our neighbors are struggling with all kinds and sorts of life problems. Please, prayerfully consider supporting us and the Wesley Warrior Fundraising campaigns.

Our Mission for the past 110 years had been to help the underprivileged, neglected, and abused through emergency Christian Relief, educational opportunities, child abuse prevention, sexual assault crisis intevention, community welfare and social services - helping people learn to help themselves.

For Your Information ** Business Hours ** The normal business hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. . Applications for assistance requests are taken Monday - Thursday from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm; however, each week on Tuesday there is a mandatory staff meeting at 4:00 pm
Toni Ulmer
Connectional Ministry

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Last Tuesday, a perfect stranger entered my office and changed my attitude for the remainder of the day. Let's call her Ruby, just to make things easier. As she came in, she stated that she used to have a grandchild in our pre-school about ten years ago. After bragging on how clean and beautiful the building is, she told me that she was referred to us by A.A.R.P. She worked all of her life, from the time she was a young teenager, picking cotton for a dime a day. Later in life, she had some great positions around Meridian, although she never completed high school (made it to the eleventh grade and had to go to work with her family to make ends meet). Her survivor's benefits covered all of her monthly bills, but due to one little plumbing problem, she did not have enough money to purchase any more groceries for the month --- that $16 in food stamps really doesn't stretch very far.

After listening to her reminisce about growing up in the country, slopping the hogs and picking figs for her mom to make preserves, I had fond memories of my own parents' stories about their childhood. Ruby had a colorful vocabulary, which I find quite amusing in a lady her age, and we hit it off from the moment she sat down at my desk. After we finished her application, I realized that more than anything, Ruby just needed to get out of her house and be around others that could laugh and enjoy life with her.

When I told her that I had signed her up for the Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets, she was so touched. She stated that she would probably be okay by next month, but I told her not to worry about it. God sent her to Wesley House for a reason today and I cannot wait to sit with her at the Thanksgiving Feast --- she will bless more people that day than she could ever imagine, and I can envision a day full of laughter, fellowship and giving thanks to all that attend. They have no idea how their lives could be affected by a simple smile and a mischevious giggle coming from a little lady I will always remember as Ruby Tuesday!
Wayne McInnis, Christian Relief Agency

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Post from Victims Services of Wesley House (8-26-14)

Think B4 U “send” – Truth about Sexting

School is back in session, and the educational programs of the Victim Services of the Wesley House Community Center in Meridian are back on track. Now a day, it seems like almost every kid has a cell phone, and nobody can live without texting. It may sound fun and harmless, but it can cause serious problems. This week we want to remind you to be very careful with what you do when you are using the social media. We’ll talk about sexting.

Sexting is sharing sexually explicit text messages or sexual photos or videos – of yourself or others – using a cell phone or the internet. “Sexual” generally means nude, semi-nude or showing sexual activity. Sharing includes sending, receiving or forwarding content.

Sexting is unsafe: once you post or send a “sext,” you cannot control it.
Privacy is not guaranteed: a sext can be easily shared with others by accident or on purpose. This may happen when relationship ends or others get access to your friend’s phone or computer.
Information can last forever online. It may be copied or re-posted and viewed for years to come.

Communicate safely. Think before you share any message or image.
Ask yourself:
Would I want this posted on my school bulletin board?
Would I want my parents, teachers or coach to see this? Or a future college or employer?
Treat electronic communications like postcards – many eyes may see them.

If you get sexted, don’t respond. Whether or not you know the person, never respond to any inappropriate message. Don’t pass it on. Remember, forwarding a sext can also get you in trouble. It can make you as responsible for the sext’s content as the person who first sent it. It may even be considered a crime.

Sexting can hurt you now and can haunt your future. Spread the word to your friends!

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Upcoming Events!

Life Skills Classes @ Wesley House Community Center
Aug 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wesley House Community Clinic @ Wesley House Community Center
Aug 28 @ 6:15 pm – Aug 28 @ 10:00 pm

ONLY BY APPOINTMENT; Pre-Application Required for exams and medicine.

Clinic appointments will be scheduled for the following chronic conditions: a) Asthma & COPD, b) Cardiac HTN (HBP and High Cholesterol), c) Diabetes type I & II and d) Thyroid (Hyper & Hypo).

Closed Labor Day
Sep 1 all-day
WHCC Staff Meetings
Sep 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Parenting Class @ Wesley House Community Center
Sep 1 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 1 @ 8:00 pm

Parenting Classes are held every Monday night 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Dr Debbie Baker-Dean from the University of West Alabama teaches

Life Skills Classes @ Wesley House Community Center
Sep 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Life Skills Classes @ Wesley House Community Center
Sep 4 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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