Wesley House is an outreach mission of First United Methodist Church in Pittsburg, Kansas. It was established in 1982 to address the needs of low income families in the area. The mission of Wesley House is to provide a safe, welcoming place for individuals and families of Crawford County to seek assistance, advocacy, education and hope for a brighter tomorrow. The ministry has grown and evolved through the years, but the primary purpose remains the same- to reach out with God's love to those who are in need in Crawford County.
Crawford County is located in the far southeast corner of Kansas and has the distinction of being one of the counties in the state with the lowest income. The latest statistics tell us that the percentage of children who qualify for free and reduced meals at school exceed 60%. That is but one indicator of the level of need that is present in Crawford County.
As a response to those needs, Wesley House carries out several ongoing programs as well as seasonal projects. The primary program that occurs at Wesley House is the food pantry.
Wesley House has a homeless case manager and we are offering day sheltering. When a homeless person comes in, they can enroll in our homeless day sheltering program which will give them priority use of our shower and laundry facilities. We will feed them breakfast and lunch as well as provide homeless case management which includes identifying and solving the barriers to permanent housing.
Wesley House has wonderful partnerships with the City of Pittsburg, Catholic Charities, Crawford County Mental Health, K-State Extension Office, SEK-CAP, CHCSEK, Crawford County Health Department, SKILL, USD 250 and numerous churches, civic organization and other helping agencies.