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Wesley House Student Residence, Inc.

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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Low-Income & Subsidized Rental Housing, Mental Health, Neighborhood Centers

Mission: Vision We envision equal access to quality housing and support for San Diego State University students so they may succeed in college while facing life challenges. Mission To assist students of Wesley House in their academic goals at San Diego State University by providing a safe place to live and study. We provide a network of support services for students that foster a greater sense of accomplishment, self-esteem, community, and belonging; better prepared to advocate for themselves and to contribute to society.

Results: We proudly provide the only affordable, below market rate housing exclusively for low-income college students in the San Diego college area, giving low-income students the opportunity to experience the benefits of "on-campus" living. We provide a safe place to live and study for up to 34 students per year.

Target demographics: at-risk college and university students

Direct beneficiaries per year: 34 students

Geographic areas served: San Diego

Programs: housing and food security and support services

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Wesley House does important work that no other institution does. I've known the executive director for a long time and I've seen what he can do, the students of Wesley House can count on him to help them, no matter what. Also, the fact that they are the only ones providing homeless youth with support and a chance to succeed should be enough for anyone to support them.
Providing affordable housing for students along with wraparound support services is a model for success and deserves everyone's support. Thanks, Wesley House for all you do!

Andrea Valdez B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently joined the board of Wesley House (WH) and I am so proud to be a part of this organization. Year after year, WH helps first-generation, homeless and aged-out foster youth committed to attending college by providing affordable housing and so much more , such as:

• Personalized assessment
• Development of customized plan
• Access to Cal Fresh
• Access to a food bank
• Personal finance education
• Career planning
• Mentors and advocacy
• Triage to address other needs

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working with Wesley House for about 6 months and the work they do is amazing. The statistics about housing insecurity among college students is staggering. Depending on the institution between 10% to 20% of college students face housing insecurity. Wesley House is taking on this problem at San Diego State and is making a difference in the lives of students daily by providing affordable housing where there would otherwise be none.

Karl B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with Wesley House as a board member for the past five years and continue to be excited about the work they are doing to change students' lives. Wesley House does much more than provide affordable student housing, they engage with the students on a daily basis and ensure the students are getting the support they need to be successful in school. The staff at Wesley House builds amazing relationships with all the residents.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Wesley House is really making a difference in the students' lives who live there. We have another great group graduating this year. The staff has also been working with other great organizations in the community to figure out how we can reach more students than can be housed at the property on Hardy Ave. With the significant number of students with food and housing insecurity, the work of this organization only gets more important.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am very familiar with the terrific work that Wesley House does for their students. They provide counseling, a place to live, mentoring and a community for these students to go to college and become self-reliant . I have donated to this non- profit and will continue
to help them.

Dustin M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

WH is doing the work that seemingly no one does: shining a light on an oft-neglected segment of our population. They provide a service that is not only *good*, but also crucial, providing a positive impact on the lives of students in need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been familiar with Wesley House for several years. They provide student housing to those in need. Through their excellent, dedicated staff, they offer alternatives to sleeping in one's car or worse. Without Wesley House, schooling for these people would be an impossible dream.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the most unique non-profits I've ever supported. It highlights a little known issue in our community for homeless/underserved students which is near and dear to my heart as a first-generation American who was the first in her family to complete college in the US. The staff running this organization is extremely dedicated and top-notch. They are supporting these students in ways that are desperately needed. I believe in due time with the proper financial support it will become a state-wide and perhaps even a national organization to better address the nation-wide need for these services and support.

Melinda W.1

Donor

Rating: 5

A unique non-profit dedicated to assure that students who are homeless, comin out of the foster system, and low-income have a safe place to live and services while they attend college. The staff work tirelessly to connect students with housing, food and academic resources as well as researching ways to financially keep the system afloat. Wesley House Student Residence has changed lives for over 25 years and continues to dedicated to helping college students reach their ultimate potential!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wesley House has been steadily expanding its programs and services for college students experiencing homelessness, as well as providing secure housing for other opportunity populations such as former foster youth, formerly incarcerated youth, and first-generation college students. While there still exists a large and growing need, Wesley House is working to mee that need.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wesley House is the only nonprofit I know of providing an affordable housing option for marginalized college students in the San Diego area. I do not know of another organization providing secure housing for college students in need. I hope to see this organization expand and replicate to meet the growing needs of students struggling to graduate from college, especially first-generation college students.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Wesley House is the first in the country to provide on campus housing for lower income students. They are innovative and visionary!!

Terina

Board Member

Rating: 5

Bottom Line: The staff care about the students and their success! This nonprofit contributes to addressing a pressing community need of affordable housing.

Donor

Rating: 5

I know there are many intelligent young people who would be successful in college if given the opportunity. Wesley House Student Residence, Inc. is giving that opportunity to students by providing low income housing. The students living in Wesley House are first generation college students and in the last 10 years, 100% of them have graduated. What a positive difference Wesley House Student Residence, Inc is making in the community!

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a graduate of SDSU I have been dismayed by the number of students today who struggle with homelessness and food insecurity. Wesley House is making a direct impact on students in these situations. I am happy to support them with my donations and know the money is being used well.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My grandfather was part of this organization. They have a 100% graduation rate! These kids are making it despite financial backgrounds which may have made it impossible to get a degree!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Excellent organization that strives to empower students to succeed in their college careers and beyond. The organization's board is a committed group of individuals that bring a robust variety of different backgrounds and expertise to the table. The students who join the organization not only get affordable rent on campus but they get a caring team that helps them each step of the way as they earn their degrees. Whether it be their help with onsite services or back patio educations sessions, the students benefit in many ways by being a part of the Wesley House family.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Amazing organization with the students best interests in mind! Wesley helps students recognize what services are provided them while attending SDSU, have an affordable living situation, and offers guidance such as free financial planning twice a year. I hope to be apart of this organization for a long time to come.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wonderful nonprofit working to help low income college students achieve the dreams of graduating from college. There is so much need and Wesley House Student Residence is one of the few working on this enormous problem.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The gap in educational attainment between children on the highest rung of the socioeconomic ladder and those on the lowest is staggering. Despite hard work, long hours, excellent grades, phenomenal test scores and the burning desire; smart kids from the poorest families are less likely to graduate from college than below-average kids from rich ones! Wesley House Student Residence is there to help close this gap and give low-income students the support they need to complete their education and lift themselves, and their families, out of poverty.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wesley House is an amazing option for students. The resources are wonderful and the residents are supported well. My daughter had a great experience living here.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff are incredibly friendly, helpful, and accesable. They make living there easy. If we have any questions they are available to answer them. They also put on programs to help with things us like financia literacy or applying for financial aid.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have bad no contact with this nonprofit organisation, however, I have friends who rave about this institution.
It seems like they do great things with their limited funds.
It is my belief that with further funding they could reach the pinnicle of true excellence in all that they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this wonderful organization for months. It's the most supportive environment! I've never had a question go unanswered while working with them. They've always been open to my ideas, as well.