Wesley House is celebrating 114-years of service. It offers a variety of programs to Metro Louisville residents in the Lynnview, Newburg, and Okolona neighborhoods. Historically, Wesley House served the Butchertown and Phoenix neighborhoods until Community Revitalization necessitated a move to another service area.
Early Childhood Education
WesKids Childcare Center provides safe affordable and quality childcare to children six weeks to 12 years of age. The center's philosophy is that young children learn through play and interaction with adults and peers. Young children need to touch, manipulate and experiment with things and interact with supportive adults. The center's hands-on approach prepares children for future educational challenges and builds a foundation for more abstract learning. Parental involvement is and important aspect of the program.
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The Youth Brigade Academy is designed to break the cycle of poverty and stereotypes of at risk youth. It works to strengthen and solidity ties to both the family and community. Staffs work to establish and develop trust among participants while instilling morals values and ethical standards. Youth are empowered to achieve goals by using comprehensive methods such as Every 1 Reads, tutoring, health and fitness training and computer education. Arts integrated programs such as dance, music and visual arts are also utilized.
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Louisville Works is designed to help low-income individuals become economically stable and competitive in the job market and or pursue higher education degrees and or technical skills. The first phase instructs students in job readiness skills and Microsoft Office software. The second phase offers advanced instruction in professional standards, customer service and job search skills. Participants are also trained to become volunteers in income tax preparation.
Other Programs and Services
Wesley House works in close collaboration with other local social-service agencies to broaden the area of services it provides. As a member of the Louisville Asset Building Coalition, Wesley House offers volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) to low-income residents and is working to provide financial literacy classes, home ownership classes, individual development accounts and fresh start bank accounts for the families it serves. Wesley House also partners with the Jefferson County Board of Education to provide individuals with English as a Second Language and GED training.