Home Away from Home
When students leave home for college each fall, a special “hand off” takes place between families, churches and the local Wesley Foundation. TSU has grand opening of new Wesley Student Center to welcome students.
Once summer vacations wind to a close and hometowns are mere images in a rear view mirror, college students strike out toward newfound independence that might be a bit lonely without the support of the local Wesley Foundations, “Some of the local churches will provide Wesley Foundations the names and contact information of students that come to our university settings in August,” explains Rev. Julius Wardley, “but regardless, many of the Wesley staff members will have their student leaders reach out via social media to newcomers as well as returning students, and welcome them to the ministry.”
Texas Southern University’s Wesley Foundation receives incoming freshman contact information from their home churches. “I typically text the new freshmen students as they arrive for their first semester, stating that Wesley desires to support and pray for them, and to be a home away from home for them.
OPEN HOUSE: Bigger and Better
Wesley’s Rev. Julius Wardley reports, “Our October grand opening was an awesome event.” Representing the conference cabinet were Reverend B.T Williamson, Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Dr. Elijah Stansell, Director of Connectional Resources, Rev. Gail Ford Smith, Director for the Center of Clergy Excellence, Rev. Michelle Hall, Associate Director of Clergy Excellence and District Superintendent Lawrence Young along with other clergy and lay persons from the conference. “The Wesley Foundation thanks the Texas Conference for its continuous support and the vision to relaunch this ministry in 2010.
Our newly renovated building will function as the TSU Wesley Student Center and can easily accommodate 150 students. In this building there is a prayer room, six computers, a smart TV, artwork, microwave, full kitchen, two office spaces and a leadership room. My office and the graduate assistant office will move into this building as well. We built this complex so that students can find a home away from home and find the support and encouragement needed to matriculate successfully through TSU.”