The Wesley Family Outreach Ministry in Mason City offers free, informal consultations with a trained and experienced clinical social worker at no cost to anyone in the community. “Life isn’t easy,” their website explains. When individuals are feeling overwhelmed with worries or hang-ups, Ken Zimmerman, a licensed independent social work with nearly 40 years of experience who serves as the ministry’s director, is available to talk.
Recently, the parents of a teenaged son were discouraged and despondent over his destructive behaviors. A phone call began a process of support that led to the development of a recovery plan that the son and his parents crafted themselves. The ministry helped to link them with resources in the community, so that the young man could return to school and complete his technical training. “You saved our family,” the parents said. Now their son is on a pathway to a fulfilling job.
The Wesley Family Outreach Ministry is supported in part by a Matthew 25 grant from the North Central District, which is made possible with apportionment gifts from United Methodist churches across the state of Iowa. “If you are looking for a church of people just like you who want to experience God’s love and be transformed by that love,” their website boldly states, “welcome to Wesley United Methodist Church!”