Helping Our Community, One Family at a Time

About Wesley House

Wesley House Family Services is a nationally accredited not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting and nurturing children and strengthening families with services spanning Monroe County, Florida.

Wesley House Mission

Promoting and enhancing the safety, well-being and development of children by educating, supporting and meeting the needs of families.

Wesley House Vision

To develop and encourage a more child caring community.

History

Wesley House Family Services was founded in the early part of the last century by the Methodist Church as a settlement program for Key West’s Cuban community. This included a kindergarten to teach English to Cuban children and ease their transition into public school. Over the years, our organization has continued to grow geographically and in responsibility to meet the multitude of needs in the community.

In the mid-1940’s, Wesley House became a stand-alone 501 (c) 3, not-for-profit organization. In 1971, in response to an overwhelming need for professional child care in Key West, the agency instituted the area’s first full-time child care center for working parents. An infant care program was established in 1983.

By 1989, the need for quality, affordable child care had become critical throughout Monroe County. Wesley House was asked to become the coordinating agency for all of Monroe County’s licensed child care services and, in 2005, began administering the Voluntary Prekindergarten program throughout the County.

Wesley House was selected and accepted responsibility for the child dependency care system throughout the Florida Keys when the program was privatized in 2005. Agency programs encompass all aspects of the dependency care system including family support and prevention services for troubled families experiencing challenges and discord; full case management services when there is risk of harm to a child; foster and adoptive family recruitment, training and support services when it is necessary to remove a child from his or her family and the Healthy Families-Monroe program promoting positive parent-child relationships for expectant and new families.

Wesley House is one of only 1,300 social service organizations accredited by the prestigious international Council on Accreditation (COA).

Board of Directors

Board Officers

Julio Torrado, Chair
Bryan Green, Vice Chair
Jo Pine, Treasurer
Richard McChesney, Secretary

Board of Directors

Cheryl Cates
Ja Good
Terri Hill
Pamela Lindner
Karen Lockwood
Ron Ramsingh
Lori Thompson
Sharon Toppino
Julie Waters
Edith Zewadski-Bricker​
Maria Pierce*
*Designee for Edith Zewadski-Bricker​​

Chief Executive Officer

Beth A. Barrett

Associate Board Members

Alice Calleja
Cathy Crane
Jessica Cranney
Jill Cranney-Gage
Holly Estes
Kristen Livengood
Eunice Melnick
Michael Puto
Gayle Romito Seropian
Yvette Talbott
Esther Tupino

Friends of Wesley House

Sandy Green
Stephanie Monsalvatge
Georgia Parks

Financial Information

Wesley House Family Services is a nationally accredited not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting and nurturing children and strengthening families with services spanning Monroe County, Florida.

Wesley House has long subscribed to the model of non-profit transparency and posts its financial information on Guidestar.org where it is a Platinum participant.

Consumer Services Registration #SC-00146
IRS EIN 59-0624461

Financial Documents

Wesley House Family Services is a not-for-profit agency designated 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Code. We are supported by state and local funders, as well as private support through generous donations from the community.

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