Money raised will help roughly 75 percent of the more than 1,800 Wesley Woods older adult residents, in 10 different communities, who need financial assistance to remain in their homes, receive needed assisted living and participate in meal plans.
Forty percent live below the poverty level.
In 2016, churches raised more than $245,000. Still, the need for care exceeded the amount required to meet the housing and care needs of all its residents.
Shelia has worked at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for more than 30 years. Previously, she worked at The Lexington Herald-Leader and The Louisville Defender. Her beat is a bit of a mixed bag that includes religion and spirituality, culture and trends, race and aging. She earned degrees from Spelman College and Northwestern University.