The story of Providence Place goes back to 1895 when brothel owner, Madame Volino, experiencing an epiphany, transformed her house of ill repute into the San Antonio Rescue Mission. There, she cared for young women faced with the shame of having a baby out of wedlock, and helped place their babies for adoption with loving families.
In the 1970s, as the stigma decreased, and likewise, our adoptions, we saw a way to use our 25-acre campus to provide much-needed training for young adults who were deaf. Soon, this work included young adults with disabilities and, since 1974, thousands of young people have graduated with the life, work and social skills – and most of all confidence – to live independently. Methodist Mission Home, as it was known for many years, was a pioneer of open adoption in Texas and made older-child and international adoptions available, as well as, more recently embryo adoption.
Many of our adopted children have stayed in contact with Providence Place over the years and several have been active members of our board.
Today, our campus is also home to a growing group of nonprofits sharing resources and expertise, in a vibrant community offering broad opportunity and collaboration.
Wesley Village is a non profitpremier retirement community that has been offering independent and assisted living opportunities since 1987.
The mission of Wesley Village is to make available caring, supportive and quality services to older adults for the enhancement of their spiritual well-being, reflecting Christian traditions of love and serving.
Wesley Village materialized from a vision of a dedicated group of individuals from the Sherman-McKinney District of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. It was a culmination of extensive work done by this group who decided it was a feasible and much needed ministry. Wesley Village was built to serve the needs of the elderly without regard to religion, race, color, national origin or sex.
SMU Perkins School of Theology
Perkins School of Theology is one of the 13 seminaries of The United Methodist Church and one of only five university-related United Methodist theological schools, located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, with an extension program in Houston/Galveston.
The faculty and staff of Perkins are committed to our mission of preparing women and men for faithful leadership in Christian ministry. Students study with a faculty, diverse both culturally and in theological perspective, in the school's graduate degree and certificate studies programs. Practical internships integrate classroom learning with hands-on ministry, and the world-renowned Bridwell Library offers students and scholars theological resources for pastors and scholars unrivaled in the United States. Faculty and practicing clergy also work together to offer continuing education for clergy and laity, as well as other programs such as the United Methodist Church's Course of Study school for local pastors.
Whether your vocation is as pastor, educator, musician, youth leader, missionary, scholar, or committed layperson, the faculty and staff of Perkins will work with you to gather the resources—spiritual, intellectual and financial—that will enable you to answer your special calling.