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PHOTOS & HISTORY OF THE WESLEY HOUSE
CURRENTLY KNOWN AS INTERSERV
1909-2017


For over 100 years, Wesley House has had many names

  • WESLEY SETTLEMENT HOUSE
  • WESLEY COMMUNITY CENTER
  • WESLEY HOUSE
  • WESLEY CATHOLIC SERVICES INC
  • WESLEY CATHOLIC PRESBYTERIAN SERVICES
  • INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SERVICES
  • INTERSERV







  • WESLEY HOUSE AND INTERSERV LOGOS

    The Wesley House has had many logos over the years






    WESLEY SETTLEMENT HOUSE
    LAKE AVENUE & WYOMING
    1909-1911
    WESLEY COMMUNITY CENTER
    TEXAS & PRYOR
    1911-1919

    Wesley House, later known as Wesley Community Center, began as a settlement house originally established by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South in 1909
    Wesley's Mission: to aid a new wave of 16,000 immigrants coming to So St Joseph in 1909
    Roughly 6000 of these people would go to work in the stockyards and packing houses
    The remaining 10,000 immigrants would own & work in businesses in the area
    The first Wesley House in St Joseph opened in a rented 10 room home on November 19, 1909 at 5535 Lake Avenue and Wyoming
    On October 24, 1911 the Wesley House moved to a house on the corner of Texas and Pryor
    In the spring of 1913, the St Joseph School District helped the Wesley House by installing a complete playground outfit comprised of swings, teeter-totters, slides, sandbox and basketball goals
    In 1919, the Wesley House moved to a 12 room frame house at their current location, Cherokee and Pryor




    WESLEY HOUSE EARLY ACHIEVMENTS
    200 Cherokee

    This is just a brief listing of a few achievments
    The Junior League was organized in 1921
    The Junior League established a Milk Station in1922. It provided milk for children whose parents could not afford to provide milk at home for their children
    The Junior League and Public Health Nursing Organization sponsored a baby clinic
    A physician volunteered his services for those families who could not afford a family physcian
    In 1929, Wesley Community House began offering a Vacation Bible School
    In 1932, the Girl Scouts, a Boy Scout troop and numerous Cub Scout dens were sponsored
    In 1935, the Junior League funded euipment for a dental clinic
    In 1938, Wesley's day care center expanded to 6 days a week, daily fee was 10 cents


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    Photo #1 - 1922 A diagram showing some of the activities
    Photo #2 - 1922 Boys in a manual training class
    Photo #3 - 1922 Teaching foreigners the English language
    Photo #4 - 1922 Some of the Girl Scouts
    Photo #5 - 1922 Kindergarten class
    Photo #6 - 1922 The Mothers Club
    Photo #7 - 1922 Two music pupils
    Photo #8 - 1922 Nap Time for little children
    Photo #9 - 1922 Nutrition class for undernurished children
    Photo #10 - 1922 The playground at Wesley Community Center
    Photo #11 - 1922 Two underpriveleged children rescued by Wesley
    Photo #12 - 1922 Eight Boyscouts in need of uniforms
    Photo #13 - 1922 Students in the sewing school
    Photo #14 - 1922 Some of the young people
    Photo #15 - An Immigrant woman and child, circa unknown
    Photo #16 - Settlement house woman teaching children, circa unknown






    WESLEY COMMUNITY CENTER
    WESLEY CATHOLIC SERVICES INC
    WESLEY CATHOLIC PRESBYTERIAN SERVICES
    INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SERVICES
    INTERSERV
    200 CHEROKEE
    1919-Present

    For the first 50 years, Wesley House was staffed by one or two Methodist deaconesses along with a small staff and volunteers who provided social services for the south side




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    WESLEY COMMUNITY CENTER TO INTERSERV ERA

    So much has been accomplished, I can only list a brief outline of events

    In 1956, the former Police Substation No. 5, located across the street from Wesley Community Center, was given to the agency and renamed "The Annex". The Annex has been used for many purposes, including woodworking, automotive repair shop and as a clothing store
    In 1957, a recreation center was built along the backside of the main building, it has since been expanded and improved. The new space included a full gymnasium, youth lounge, game room for ping pong and pool tables, kitchen and rest rooms
    By 1958, there were fencing classes, a boxing team, 31 basketball teams and 27 baseball teams in Wesley Community Center leagues
    In 1957, Joyce Raye Patterson was hired and became the first long term director
    In 1960, The agency's name was changed to Wesley Community Center
    In 1970, Oakridge Terrace, a 98 unit housing for low income persons was constructed
    In 1970, The Beehive, a multi-purpose senior citizen center was constructed downtown
    In 1971, Wesley Community Center and Catholic Family and Community Services merged forming Wesley/Catholic Services
    By 1975, Wesley/Catholic/Presbyterian Services had merged and changed the legal name to Interserv. It is still named Interserv in 2014
    In 1978, A high-rise senior housing facility was completed, Wesley Senior Towers
    In 1977, Construction for the $3 million Francis Street Apartment Complex began
    In 1978, Executive director, Joyce Raye Patterson passed away at 47 years of age
    In 1979, Wallace (Wally) Bloss served as executive director
    In 1980, David G Berger was hired to be executive director
    In 1982, Interserv's Food Pantry had served 9 percent of the local population
    In 1987, Federal funding for housing projects had ceased, Community Housing Ministries was created to manage Interserv's housing complexes
    Between 1987 & 1989, 3 TLC homes for girls were created but the lack of state funds closed them all by 1999
    In 1991, Government daycare subsidies increased and Deer Park Care Center was created
    In 1998, Mitchell Woods Pre-school and Daycare Center was created, replacing the Deer Park daycare center
    In 1999, David G Berger retired as executive director after 19 years of service
    In 2000, David G Howery was hired to succeed David Berger
    In 2003, InterServ began the Cold Weather Shelter to provide emergency shelter to men on the streets who had no other shelter options in the winter
    In 2005 InterServ formed Community Missions Corporation to address the needs of Chronically Homeless Men and work to provide permanent housing solutions for them
    In 2006, The Juda House was constructed. Juda House provides permanent housing to sixteen (16) chronically homeless men who are diagnosed with one or more disabilities
    In 2007, My Brother's House, renovated from a small building, provides overnight emergency shelter during the winter
    In 2009, St Joseph's Haven was created. St. Joseph's Haven houses 18 chronically homeless men in 9 semi-private suites


    Photo #1 - Former police substation on Cherokee, renamed the Annex
    Photo #2 - Oakridge Apartments, 1205 Angelique
    Photo #3 - Senior Center, South 10th Street
    Photo #4 - Inside the senior center, The Beehive
    Photo #5 - Wesley Senior Towers at 10th & Faraon
    Photo #6 - Francis Street Apartments, 109 units on South 38th Street
    Photo #7 - King Hill Apartments at King Hill & Virginia Street
    Photo #8 - The Juda House
    Photo #9 - Current Interserv buildings located at 200 Cherokee




    WESLEY HOUSE PHOTOS
    Circa 1929-1940
    200 Cherokee

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    Photo #1 - mothers club 1929
    Photo #2 - mothers club
    Photo #3 - mothers club
    Photo #4 - Kids 1931
    Photo #5 - Depression family
    Photo #6 - 1938 Christmas kids
    Photo #7 - 1929 Vacation Bible School large group
    Photo #8 - 1933 Kindergarten
    Photo #9 - 1936 Kindergarten
    Photo #10 - Vacation Bible School Kids
    Photo #11 - Vacation Bible School Kids
    Photo #12 - Vacation Bible School Kids






    WESLEY HOUSE PHOTOS
    Circa 1950's
    200 Cherokee

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    Photo #1 - 1954 A group of teens
    Photo #2 - 1954 Boys making model airplanes
    Photo #3 - 1954 Cooking class for girls
    Photo #4 - 1959 A group of adults getting help with their citizenship






    WESLEY COMMUNITY CENTER
    Circa 1960's
    200 Cherokee

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    Photo #1 - 1960's boys playing basketball
    Photo #2 - 1960's the playground
    Photo #3 - 1961 making cookies
    Photo #4 - 1961 3rd graders
    Photo #5 - 1961 Halloween
    Photo #6 - 1961 Joyce Raye Patterson, Executive Director
    Photo #7 - 1960 Joyce Raye Patterson, Executive Director
    Photo #8 - 1962 Ro Etta Mu
    Photo #9 - 1961 Wesley VW Bus




    WESLEY COMMUNITY CENTER PHOTOS
    INTERSERV PHOTOS
    Circa 1970's
    200 Cherokee

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    Photo #1 - Joyce Raye Patterson, Executive Director
    Photo #2 - 1970 the food guys
    Photo #3 - 70s girls
    Photo #4 - 70s Youth wall
    Photo #5 - 1979 The Beehive at the Senior Center
    Photo #6 - 1974 Childcare class
    Photo #7 - 1974 Childcare learning music
    Photo #8 - 1975 The Fish Star
    Photo #9 - Joyce Raye Patterson, Executive Director
    Photo #10 - Joyce Raye Patterson with Shovel
    Photo #11 - RSVP 1974
    Photo #12 - Suits 1973
    Photo #13 - 1970's Basketball
    Photo #14 - Basketball kids
    Photo #15 - 1972 Christmas Play
    Photo #16 - 1976 Viet Nam Refugees
    Photo #17 - Joyce Raye Patterson and Doug Sprouse 1974




    INTERSERV PHOTOS
    Circa 2002
    200 Cherokee

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    Photo #1 - 2002 Rucker Santa Claus
    Photo #2 - 2002 Santa Claus




    WESLEY HOUSE & INTERSERV
    Assorted photos, various years
    200 Cherokee

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    Photo #1 - 4th band
    Photo #2 - 2002 Santa Claus
    Photo #3 - Bee Hive People
    Photo #4 - Board meeting with Nuns
    Photo #5 - Cake man
    Photo #6 - Playing cards
    Photo #7 - Childcare climbers
    Photo #8 - Christmas boys
    Photo #9 - Christmas girl
    Photo #10 - Citizen gal
    Photo #11 - Costume girls
    Photo #12 - Cowboy
    Photo #13 - Crop berger
    Photo #14 - Dancing seniors
    Photo #15 - Dave with baby
    Photo #16 - Dennis lights torch
    Photo #17 - Diversity food
    Photo #18 - Elderly women
    Photo #19 - Family citizenship
    Photo #20 - Youth girls




    WESLEY HOUSE & INTERSERV
    ASSORTED PHOTOS, various years

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    Photo #1 - Wesley Catholic Services "A DOT" van
    Photo #2 - A boy with a gift
    Photo #3 - baby chicks, I assume it is close to Easter
    Photo #4 - Learning CPR
    Photo #5 - Missouri Senator Eagleton visiting Child Care
    Photo #6 - Piano lesson
    Photo #7 - A pig visits the playground
    Photo #8 - A vigil for a Veteran
    Photo #9 - Winnie Hood




    WESLEY HOUSE & INTERSERV
    ASSORTED PHOTOS, various years

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    Photo #1 - David Howery at the black board
    Photo #2 - A child shows appreciation with a hug
    Photo #3 - Making jungle scenery
    Photo #4 - Kids in coats
    Photo #5 - Youths painting a room
    Photo #6 - Learning the English language
    Photo #7 - Lhie and a pup
    Photo #8 - Cleaning up some muck
    Photo #9 - Children in a Nativity scene
    Photo #10 - Neighborhood kids
    Photo #11 - Neighborhood kids
    Photo #12 - Pass the power
    Photo #13 - Pet fair-Joe Martinez holding the rabbit C.1958
    Photo #14 - Praying children
    Photo #15 - Pumpkin head
    Photo #16 - Kids entering the front door




    WESLEY CENTER'S WEIGHT LIFTING TEAM

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    Photo #1 - Heather lifting weights
    Photo #2 - Pete lifting weights
    Photo #3 - An early Wesley weight lifting team
    Photo #4 - Wes lifting weights




    WESLEY HOUSE
    WESLEY COMMUNITY CENTER
    AND INTERSERV PHOTOS
    FEEDING THE PEOPLE
    200 Cherokee

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    Photo #1 - Food pantry
    Photo #2 - Food preparation
    Phot0 #3 - Trucking the food
    Photo #4 - The food guys in the 1970's
    Photo #5 - The meal handlers
    Photo #6 - Mobile Meals Man
    Photo #7 - Delivering a meal
    Photo #8 - Delivering a meal
    Photo #9 - Senior Meals
    Photo #10 - Van used to transport elderly clients
    Photo #11 - Delivering a meal
    Photo #12 - Kindergarten Wedding - a special event
    Photo #13 - 2007 Central Food
    Photo #14 - Looks like pies
    Photo #15 - Edison school food 2008
    Photo #16 - 1985 Food Fair
    Photo #17 - Garden
    Photo #18 - Mobile Meals in a suit
    Photo #19 - Home delivery to the needy
    Photo #20 - Putting on the salad dressing
    Photo #21 - Sara Mahaffy delivering food




    WESLEY HOUSE
    WESLEY COMMUNITY CENTER
    AND INTERSERV PHOTOS
    FUN, SPORTS & RECREATION
    200 Cherokee

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    Photo #1 - Playing in the leaves
    Photo #2 - Michael Jackson impersonator
    Photo #3 - Michael Jackson impersonator
    Photo #4 - Pin the tail
    Photo #5 - Ping Pong room at Wesley Community
    Photo #6 - Shooting pool
    Photo #7 - Jamming with friends
    Photo #8 - Jamming girl group
    Photo #9 - Playing with tinker toys
    Photo #10 - Weight lifting
    Photo #11 - Basketball
    Photo #12 - Climbing trees
    Photo #13 - SSY Relays
    Photo #14 - Chess matches
    Photo #15 - Elderly sewing
    Photo #16 - Vintage Photo: girls sewing
    Photo #17 - Senior dancing
    Photo #18 - Seniors dance gym
    Photo #19 - The reading corner
    Photo #20 - Fooze boys
    Photo #21 - Arts & crafts
    Photo #22 - Basketball
    Photo #23 - Beehive Pool room
    Photo #24 - Learning a craft
    Photo #25 - Telling a story
    Photo #26 - Entrance to South Side Youth Program




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