'Move-in kits' help Wesley senior residents in need


The United Methodist Women of Memphis First UMC recently donated a move-in kit to Wesley Senior Ministries. Kristi Henson Henson Owens, executive director of the Golden Cross Senior Residents Fund, fourth from right, receives the donation on behalf of Wesley Senior Ministries and the Golden Cross. Submitted photo

The Golden Cross Senior Residents Fund is collecting donations to purchase and assemble “move-in kits” for Wesley Living residents who arrive with little or inadequate possessions.

“These (move-in kits) are for those residents who come to us in desperate, dire situations,” said Kristi Henson Owens, Executive Director of the Golden Cross Senior Residents Fund. “These kits offer them a helping hand at a time in their lives when they need it most.”
Owens helped develop the idea for move-in kits after meeting a woman who moved into a Wesley facility with nothing but her clothes, pocketbook, tattered blanket and dish soap.
“Upon walking into her apartment I was faced with the reality of what nothing actually looks and feels like. The stark bareness of the space brought (her) reality to life for me,” said Owens.
Hearing about other residents with needs, the idea for move-in kits was born. Since May, 11 move-in kits have been distributed.
Move-in kits cost approximately $200 each and contain household and personal care items such as a bath mat, shower curtain and rings, dishes, towels, pillows, blankets, hangers, hand soap, toilet paper, body soap, shampoo and more. Click here for a list of items that make up a move-in kit.

Individuals, classes and churches may purchase items to assemble kits and deliver them to the Golden Cross office or have them picked up. Or call 901-213-1930 to request a pick-up.

To donate money for move-in kits, make checks payable to Golden Cross and send them to the organization’s office at 1615 Appling Road, Cordova, TN 38016. The memo line should say “Move-In Kits.”

For more information about move-in kits, email Owens at kristi.owens@wesleyhousing.com.