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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: Our mission is to assist the student residents of Wesley House in their academic goals at college or 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, and community and belonging; better preparing them to advocate for themselves and to contribute to society. Our vision is to provide equal access to quality housing and support for college and university students so they may succeed in college while facing life challenges.

Results: We are a nonprofit 501c(3) organization operating the only affordable supportive housing complex serving low-income and systemically marginalized college students in San Diego County. Our student residents face additional challenges such as experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, being formerly incarcerated, aging out of the foster care system, and/or being the first generation in their family to attend college.

Target demographics: College students experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity

Direct beneficiaries per year: 34 students

Geographic areas served: San Diego

Programs: Supportive housing, an onsite food pantry, targeted monthly programs, and individualized wraparound support services

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kara W.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wesley House is enabling a better future for those students who can achieve their educational and professional goals but have affordable housing as a barrier in their path to success. By tearing down the barrier of affordable housing it creates a space for them to start out on equal ground so that they are able to dig into their studies and not wonder where they'll be able to sleep at night. What a wonderful vision and mission!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic nonprofit that continues to aid low income students to achieve their goals through affordable housing, food services, links to scholastic tools, and other local supplies.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wesley House is small, but the impact they make is far from that! Wesley House has a unique, personable, and dedicated staff ready to help students with their needs. They start by offering the only affordable housing option so close to SDSU. They have an on-site food pantry that is fully stocked and available to serve all their students year around. They offer monthly educational programs on real-life skills students can continue using throughout their lives and careers. Wesley House is a hidden gem that I wish and I am sure many other students wish they knew about while they were in college. My goal is to share the mission of Wesley House with as many people possible so they can help as many students as possible.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wesley House is a non-profit organization and the sole provider of affordable housing serving students who experience homelessness and housing insecurity in the San Diego area. They empower students through their support services, making a direct impact on their life. I am so proud to be a part of this outstanding organization.

Dani Halton M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Affordable housing and services located close to secondary education facilities are crucial considerations for a thriving community.

Life outcomes, including success in school, are closely aligned with housing and neighborhood conditions. Evidence also demonstrates that as students progress to postsecondary education, housing conditions continue to affect educational success.

Wesley House provides safe housing and an array of carefully considered supportive programming implemented by thoughtful and expert staff.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wesley House is a wonderful non-profit that assists low-income and systemically marginalized students obtain an education; they are more relevant than ever during this trying time. I am proud to support this amazing non-profit.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Now more than ever Wesley House is a necessity for low income and systemically marginalized college students. The unwavering dedication of the staff during these difficult times is second to none. The mission to provide housing and support services is never more prescient.

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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

Wesley House Student Residence is the only nonprofit in San Diego County that provides low income college students with an affordable place to live. They also have student support services for each unique student that they serve. This work is essential to help students meet their educational and career goals!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Post-secondary education/training is necessary to obtain a living wage job and be self sufficient in San Diego. However, college is expensive and financial aid is often insufficient to cover the necessary costs to be a successful student. Basic needs such as housing, food, and transportation are just some of the barriers that college students face. To offset the biggest hurdle of all, the cost of housing, the Wesley House Student Residence provides an affordable, safe, and clean place for students to live and study. The staff and board members are also incredibly kind, caring, and committed. Until financial aid policy is reformed, this model of support for post-secondary students should be expanded across the city, county and state.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wesley House is a vital organization for students who need housing assistance for college. Without this assistance, these students may not be able to obtain their degree. And Wesley House offers so much more besides housing assistance - they offer guidance and other support services to help these students succeed. As a Board Member of Wesley House, I stand behind them and encourage others to support them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic non profit that continues to aid qualifying students to achieve their goals through affordable housing and support services. These services range from housing, food services, links to scholastic tools and other local supplies and fundamental support for students across San Diego.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wesley House is the only nonprofit in San Diego County addressing the housing insecurity and homelessness crisis among the college population. I am grateful they exists and hope they can expand to other areas to continue addressing this critical need nationwide.

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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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Melinda W.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Unique apartments just step from San Diego State. A non-profit offering low rent, food stability and counseling in a atmosphere of support!

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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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Phenomenal organization addressing affordable housing for students!

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They deserve your support because they support low income college students to stay at school and build a life for themselves

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The merits of a non-profit organization are often assessed by simply judging the worthiness of its cause. This approach isn’t entirely off base, as all charitable organizations are born from the recognition of a need, or a state of inequality in some corner of society.

However, the truly remarkable ones differentiate themselves in several ways. They employ a wide range of methods and approaches, while still remaining focused on their mission. They make an impact not only on their direct audience, but also in ways that benefit the community as a whole. And, they are managed responsibly, employing a strategic plan with an outlook toward long-term sustainability and increased influence.

Few organizations embody this standard as well as Wesley House Student Residence, Inc. (WHSR), which both enables and empowers low-income and homeless students reach their full potential by offering an affordable, permanent living option while enrolled at San Diego State University.

Unfortunately, when it comes to non-profit entities, sometimes a wonderful cause just isn’t enough. Financial threats are constant, and risk of budget collapse is a common theme among many organizations. However, thanks to strong executive and board leadership, making strategically sound decisions, WHSR has become a financially secure non-profit; donors and business sponsors can feel confident that their contributions are not at risk, and are in fact investments in the advancement of the organization’s mission.

As a volunteer at this wonderful non-profit, I've been able to see the impact it has on the student residents, and I know first-hand how committed the leadership team is to seeing each one succeed, not just at school, but at life. Yes, there are a lot of good causes out there, but Wesley House Student Residence, Inc. is one of the truly great organizations, capable of actually advancing their mission.


Board Member

Rating: 5

Wesley House Student Residence is a brilliant charity run by a dynamic and passionate group of employees, Board Members and volunteers. It offers affordable housing to vulnerable students on the campus of San Diego State University. The Executive Director, Jesus Gonzalez is truly inspirational. In the short time he's been heading the charity he has transformed Wesley House infrastructure, its operations and Board Membership. Wesley House is a unique building - a shipping container in fact - transformed to provide safe and comfortable accommodation to its students. I am thrilled to be part of the Wesley House team and look forward to welcoming many more students, volunteers and donors to support our cause.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It's not enough for a student to start college. It's the beginning of a personal growth experience for most students. Some do fine on their own while other students struggle with housing, finances and lack of a support system. I'm serving on the WHSR board because we do more than just house a student. We want them to have good life skills and a staff that can give them support to succeed.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization dedicated to providing affordable housing and academic support to students who may be in need. So far, every student that has participated in the program has graduated from college.
The housing facility is right next to the campus, a student could easily walk to their classes no matter their location. The apartments are well-maintained.
A dedicated board spends time, effort and resources to make sure these students are successful getting their college degree.