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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 provide affordable housing adjacent to San Diego State University 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: students at San Diego State University graduate

Direct beneficiaries per year: 7 students graduate

Geographic areas served: San Diego

Programs: housing and support services

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wesley House Student Residence plays an integral role in advancing the college careers of low income students by providing the only below market rate housing adjacent to the campus of SDSU. With secure, affordable housing, students have the time and energy to devote to their studies, and focus on academics with an eye towards graduation.

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.

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.

3 Karl B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started out learning about WHSR through my church helping with maintenance and repairs on their apartments. I quickly saw the impact they were making on the students living there. It impressed me enough to join the board of directors and support them financially. If you have a passion for students and would like to help those that have had to face challenges getting into or finishing college, look into giving or volunteering with WHSR.

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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.