More than fifty years ago, at the 1969 groundbreaking ceremony for our first campus building – Embury Apartments — Rev. Roger U. Day, vice president of the board, said, “this is not an institution for the aging, but a home for our friends.” Embury was the first building to open in 1972 as part of Saratoga Retirement Center, followed shortly by Wesley Nursing Home in 1973 — today known as Wesley Health Care Center. This pioneering project made the campus one of the first in New York to offer housing and health care in one setting.
Over the past 50 years, our services have grown but our mission has remained steadfast — to meet the needs of the aging in this remarkable community. For all of us at The Wesley Community, caring for those who need our help is not only our purpose, it’s also our promise.
We have had many challenges over the past few years including a temporary pause in our fundraising for this project to assure all of our efforts were dedicated to caring for our residents and each other during the COVID pandemic. Despite these challenges, we remain committed to fulfilling a vision of a premier, personalized experience that brings the comfort and confidence of home to those we care for, and those who love them.
As part of this vision, we are resuming our Campaign for Springs and proceeding with the next phase of the Springs Renovation Project as promised. The scope has expanded to include not only a renovation of the remaining floors of the Springs building, but also an update of our Resident Activities Room which serves all of Wesley Health Care Center. This substantial investment in the future for our neighbors, friends and family will create a peaceful and welcoming environment — one that is reminiscent of home. It will ensure that our friends and neighbors — those who have spent a lifetime in this area — remain close to the places and people they love.
With your philanthropic support, The Wesley Community will continue to evolve, bringing best in class services to our families and friends, remaining a home for generations to follow.
J. Brian Nealon, CEO