Congregations across north Georgia will support the work of Wesley Woods and the older adults in its care with a special offering collection on Mother’s Day, May 14.

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has designated Mother's Day as "Wesley Woods Sunday" in more than 900 churches of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Funds raised will help the more than 75% of the more than 1,800 Wesley Woods older adult residents in 10 different communities.

Forty percent of these seniors are living below the poverty level.

“Imagine how it feels when you have a place to lay down at night knowing that you're safe and cared for. Just imagine that feeling. I challenge our community to create that for somebody else. When you give to Wesley Woods, that is exactly what you are doing,” said Rev. Dr. Byron E. Thomas, pastor-in-charge for Ben Hill United Methodist Church and Wesley Woods supporter.

“At Wesley Woods, we exhaust all resources so that our seniors never have to leave what has become their home just because of their financial circumstances,” said Tracy Crump, president and CEO of the Foundation of Wesley Woods. “This unique policy is only made possible by the generous support we receive from donors and the annual Mother’s Day Offering. Without this, these seniors will face losing their homes and independence.”

In 2016, a similar offering helped raise more than $245,000.

Wesley Woods is seeking more support in 2017 so it can provide appropriate care for all those in need.

For more information about the offering program visit