2015 Founder’s Award: Rich Wagner
“I think we all hope to make a difference. My inspiration comes from seeing so many of the opportunities that surround us every moment … and being dissatisfied with the way things are.” - Rich Wagner, 2015 Founder’s Award recipient
NOVEMBER 2, 2015 - Rich Wagner first heard all about Wellspring Family Services “waaaaaay back” when his friend joined our staff. But it wasn’t until 2005 that his friend – now our vice president for clinical and training services – first approached Rich about getting involved.
2015 Distinguished Service Award: Sherry Nebel
“The most rewarding aspect of being involved with Wellspring is seeing the agency’s talented and focused team work with families in crisis—sometimes over a long period of time—and actually witnessing lives that are turned around. Even more amazing is how some of those...
Four outstanding individuals, two generous businesses, and an innovative community partner. They inspire us, and make powerful change possible.
It was in high school that Maria Abdullahi decided she wanted to become a teacher. She'd spent years tutoring and volunteering at her neighborhood youth center, and the experience had been so rewarding that she felt she wanted more. So when she was hired to teach at Wellspring's Early Learning Center (ELC), providing children in crisis with the instruction and care that would propel them to success, she knew it was exactly the step she wanted to take in her life and her career.
Jamal had been homeless for most of his elementary school years. By the time he was in 4th grade, he was living with his father in a truck and struggling in school. Behind in math and reading, Jamal also displayed behavioral issues in class as he struggled to cope with his traumatic situation at home.
That all changed when his family connected with Wellspring Family Services and secured subsidized housing that year. With a warm bed and a place to confidently call home, Jamal was able to feel safe and secure, which in turn, allowed him to focus on his academic performance.
With a roof over their heads, Jamal’s father was able to turn his focus from basic survival to his son’s needs, including a stable bedtime routine. As his father explained, “I was so grateful to finally have a stable place to sit down and help him with his homework before bed.”...