Community & Financial Strength
Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community has built a history of high quality programs, services and facilities. As a not-for-profit corporation, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Wesbury is committed to providing much more than just a fine collection of products and services — we are committed to providing an enriched way of life. Our solid foundation of experience, coupled with an unrivaled commitment to excellence, allow us to never lose sight of the finer details that set us apart from other senior living providers.
We invite you to consider the wonderful and affordable retirement lifestyle that awaits you at Wesbury.
The organization that would eventually become the Wesbury we know today began in 1918 in Conneautville, PA., where Hyatt M. Cribbs offered his farm home to the ministers and laymen of the Erie Conference of the United Methodist Church to become a home for those in need. On October 19, 1918, The Ida M. Cribbs Methodist Home was officially born out of that gift which included 22.75 acres of farmland. Throughout Wesbury's first decade, which encompassed the roaring 20s era, the home grew to include more than 100 acres, 3 new residences, and several barns and utility buildings.
In 1945, under the administration of Mr. William P. Sipe, there was a major fundraising campaign to raise $500,000 for the purpose of building a new, all brick facility in Meadville, PA. By late 1948, the campaign exceeded its goal under the administration of Rev. David J. Blasdell. The Erie Conference of the United Methodist Church selected Meadville for its new home after Dr. Winslow persuaded a local Meadville resident to donate 16 acres of land, then known as "Green Acres” on Park Avenue Extension in order to bring the home to Meadville where we are today. In the fall of 1950, ground was broken for the new building, and on July 30, 1952, the actual move from Conneautville to the new facility in Meadville took place with an official Service of Consecration.
The 1960s were another critical growth period for Wesbury. It was during this time that the home received funds from the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church to construct a nursing unit. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held in August of 1968 for the Nursing Home – an Extended Care Facility offering only skilled nursing care. Grace Health Center was opened in 1970 licensed for 140 residents. Today Grace Health Center is licensed for 210 residents.
More construction marked this decade as Wesbury's first independent living villa was built on the North Main Street end of the property.
The 1980's saw even more growth as additional construction projects convened across campus. The intermediate care facility was completed in July 1980, and shortly after that construction began on four more independent living villas throughout the community. By 1984, Wesbury had 6 completed villas for independent living with 5 more scheduled for construction in 1985. The villa area would later become Thoburn Village. A nature trail was completed with blacktop walkways and numerous benches for residents to have a safe place to walk and enjoy the outdoors.
The 1990s saw the expansion and renovation of the Cribbs Residential Center and Dogwood Terrace independent living apartments were constructed. The Wesbury Foundation was established in 1995 to raise funds for residents and in 1998 the Meadville Hillside Home became Wesbury Hillside Home and expanded Wesbury with a second location.
In 2000, the Memory Support Center for residents with Alzheimer's Disease and other cognitive disorders or challenges opened and construction began on the Albright Drive Apartments. In 2001, major updating and renovations to Grace Health Center began. In 2003, the Emmaline D. Barco Memorial Chapel and Grace Health Center lobby and office complex were completed. During this period completion of Wesbury's 52nd villa and 16th apartment in Thoburn Village, growing of Wesbury's In-home Outreach Services, Wesbury's after school partnership with Allegheny College and Crawford Central School District and VNA-Alliance, a partnership with Meadville Medical Center, ), St. Paul Homes in Greenville, PA and Concordia Lutheran Ministries in Cabot, PA all progressed.
Wesbury United Methodist Community provides individualized proactive health care and life enrichment services to assist mature adults in maintaining their independence, dignity and spiritual wholeness in a secure, Christian environment.
The purpose of Wesbury United Methodist Community is to identify and meet the individualized needs of mature adults by providing a wide range of programs, services and facilities sensitive to those needs. Wesbury strives to provide these programs, services and facilities:
• in an active, Christian-rich environment for growth and development;
• with concern for the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of mature adults;
• by offering aggressive preventive health care and rehabilitation programs;
• to meet special needs, diverse expectations and financial abilities;
• regardless of race, color, age, sex, religious creed, handicap, ancestry,
or national origin;
in a loving and supportive environment consistent with the Christian Mission of care of the United Methodist Church.
Wesbury's Vision incorporates Wesbury's core values of ministry, commitment, health, community, quality, respect and stewardship:
1. An active ministry of partnering and meaningful alliances with other United Methodist organizations, area schools and colleges, churches of other denominations and other groups sharing similar values and a commitment to service within the Meadville and surrounding Northwestern Pennsylvania areas.
2. A faith-based organization committed to excellence, innovation and integrity providing and coordinating an extensive and interrelated array of quality health enhancing services, living options and lifestyle choices serving persons of all economic levels and needs.
3. A campus of inclusive community bustling with abundant activities and an enriching quality of life. Wesbury will continue to be a center of active living proving opportunities for socialization, reflection, restoration and personal growth within a program of spiritual wholeness.
4. "Neighborhoods" within all areas of the campus and within each building or level of care that reflect respect for each individual.
5. Proper stewardship of Wesbury resources.