Wesley Homes retirement communities welcomes comedian Susan Rice to its Des Moines campus on Friday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m.! Making people laugh comes naturally to Rice. In college, Rice found that she loved the sound of laughter. She stepped on a comedy stage for the first time in 1983 and never looked back. Moving to Los Angeles in 1986 put her front and center into the stand-up comedy boom that included Whoopi Goldberg, Roseanne Barr, Ellen Degeneres and Tracey Ullman. “Susan Rice is a comedian that connects with her audience and uses her own hilarious life stories and experiences to bring laughter to all,” said Wesley Homes Des Moines Director of Resident Engagement Naniofa Poulivaati-Mounga. “It’s a kind of humor we can all relate to because it mirrors our experiences.” As one of the nation’s 20 female stand-up comics working the road in the early 1980s, Rice found the road to be a great training ground to prove she could appeal to both women and men. She knew that she was a minority in the field of stand-up comedy. Rice learned from her misses, and soon her hits were consistent enough for her to become a headliner. For over 32 years, Rice has brought her unique style of comedy to every kind of audience. She has honed her performance to appeal to all ages. Her television credits include Portlandia, HBO’s Comedy Festival from Caesar’s Palace and Showtime’s Comedy All Stars. Over the last few years, she has traveled internationally for Relay for Life® and the Ovarian Cancer Association of Southwest Washington and Oregon. “By bringing Susan to Wesley Homes, we’ll instill laughter in our residents’ lives and maybe start a new tradition of adding comedy to the long list of things that makes Wesley Homes a wonderful choice to call home. “We also want to continue to build on our relationship with the surrounding communities,” continued Poulivaati-Mounga. “We want people to engage with our residents and to think of Wesley Homes as a community resource.” Established in 1944, Wesley Homes is a not-for-profit organization that offers a continuum of care for older adults. Wesley Homes operates two retirement communities and a home health agency. Wesley Homes Des Moines and Wesley Homes Lea Hill in Auburn provide a network of services, including independent living, assisted living and housing with services residences; skilled nursing and rehabilitation; and memory care. Wesley Homes Bradley Park in Puyallup, Wesley Homes’ third community, is currently under construction. Wesley Homes Home Health provides Medicare- Medicaid-certified services, in-home care and hospice services to clients in King and Pierce counties.

WESLEY HOMES Retirement Communities, Home Health Services & Foundation 815 S. 216th Street Des Moines, WA 98198 (206) 824-5000