(WBIR) A ministry that's been serving the East Tennessee community for more than 100 years welcomed the public on Saturday to check out its new home.
The renovated Wesley House location on the 1700 block of Reynolds Street in Knoxville is only the group's fourth different building in its 107-year history.
The ministry's executive director, Tim Adams, said they're already seeing increased enrollment in its after-school children's programs thanks to the larger location. He said they currently provide support for 83 inner-city Knoxville students and more are signing up each week. Adams said he expects the new location over time will allow them to help support more than 120 area students.
"This new building has allowed us to serve this community that we've served for 107 years in bigger and better ways," Adams said.
But, after-school care isn't the only way that Wesley House helps the community. He said one thing that makes the ministry unique is its senior program, which provides lunch and entertainment once a week for some of Knoxville's older residents.
Adams said the ministry wants to continue to grow and will continue to need the help of anyone that wants to get involved.
"Come out, let us give you a tour, let us show you what we do, let us introduce you to some kids or to our seniors, you'll love us and you'll love them. And that's what we want to be able to do, connect more people to who we are and what we've been doing for 107 years," Adams said.
You can find out more information about Wesley House on its website (www.wesleyhouse.com).