The History of Shesler Hall
Shesler Hall first opened in 1901 as a home for Methodist deaconesses who lived here as they did their mission work in the poor sections of Sioux City. It was named after Joanna Shesler who founded the hall. The work of the deaconesses grew rapidly, and the need for a larger building arose. The new building, the current Shesler Hall, was completed in 1917.
The deaconesses lived at Shesler until 1922 when the times and needs of the community changed. From 1922 to 1985, Shesler was a room-and-board residence for a variety of young women who worked or went to school in Sioux City. Shesler continued to evolve as times changed, but was always devoted to serving the needs of women. In 1985 Shesler began to focus on serving a particularly deserving segment — women with special needs who require a supportive living environment.
Shesler Hall’s early ties to the Methodist Church continue to this day. Shesler Hall is one of about 100 national mission institutions under the umbrella of the General Board of Global Ministries and the Iowa Conference United Methodist Women own the building and property.
Providing transitional housing, life skills and holistic health to women in need. It provides women of all ages the opportunity to experience personal and social growth while residing in a supportive Christian environment.
We are guided in our mission work by a Bible passage from the book of Matthew:
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me.”