To assist students of Wesley House in their academic goals at San Diego State University by providing a safe place to live and study.  We provide a network of support services for students that foster a greater sense of accomplishment, self esteem, community and belonging; better preparing them to advocate for themselves and to contribute to society.


Wesley House Student Residence, Inc. (WHSR) is a public, non-profit organization that represents the culmination of over 80 years of San Diego State University service and outreach.  Wesley Foundation Ministries, Inc., the founding organization was established in 1934 as the first campus ministry.   In the mid-2000s, They formed another non-profit organization – The Wesley House Student Residence, Inc. for the purpose of the development and management of affordable student housing.

No longer associated with any religious organization, Wesley House Student Residence, Inc. has assumed responsibility for Wesley House, formerly known as Aztec Apartments, a two story building adjacent to the SDSU campus.  WHSR is an innovative example of how an institution can assist college students, particularly low-income and first generation students succeed at the university. Facts evidence that the dropout rate for these students can be drastic, but with assistance and mentoring, they can graduate to have richer, more productive lives.   We’ve been providing affordable housing as well as multiple services and benefits for resident students since 2005.

WHSR’s historical namesake, John Wesley, believed the following as a rule to live by: “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” This is a rule that WHSR believes is important still today.


Wesley House enjoys an outstanding level of commitment from our volunteer Board of Directors. Board members provide overall governance of Wesley House, collaborate through task forces and committees, and organize special events and fundraisers. Together they contribute invaluable expertise and insight to further the mission of Wesley House Student Residence Inc.


Karl Bunker

Board Chair

Patty Bender

Board Member

Leslie Blanchard

Board Member

Rogelio Espinoza

Board Member

Brandon Kurz

Board Member

Chris Scott

Board Member

Melinda Wollitz

Board Member


Jesus Gonzalez

Executive Director

Melanie Lucero