Lasting Change Blog

December 3, 2014

“Mom, why is that person sleeping on the sidewalk?”

“Dad, why does Jonah wear the same clothes at school every day?”

Many parents struggle with how to respond to these common questions without an easy answer. If you’re one of these parents, you’re not alone. Talking to children about important social issues like...
November 14, 2014

When Erin first moved to Seattle in August of 2013, she was unsure of what the future held for her family. After a series of crises, Erin and her two young daughters became homeless. Unsure of where to turn for support, Erin and her family struggled to find the resources they needed to survive. With winter fast approaching and limited options available, Erin and her two children moved into a tent in Nicklesville. Overwhelmed, stressed, and concerned for the safety and well-being of her children, Erin was losing hope.

Then she learned about Wellspring.

After being referred to Wellspring, Erin felt a renewed sense of possibility as their lives began to stabilize and transform. Through an internship with Wellspring's front desk and Baby Boutique, she began to gain confidence in herself...

October 29, 2014

When it comes to our Kids Helping Kids child philanthropy program (KHK), retail supporters like Red Wagon make all the difference in raising awareness and encouraging community support. Since connecting with Wellspring in early 2013, Madison Park retailer Red Wagon has already inspired hundreds of local children to collect coins for their homeless peers while simultaneously encouraging our neighbors to get involved in each of Wellspring’s seasonal drives.

October 23, 2014

For more than fifty years, the Monorail has stood as an example of what our community can achieve with a shared vision for the future.

For the past year, Wellspring has been fortunate to be directly impacted by that vision, thanks to the unwavering commitment of Monorail leadership, staff, conductors, and of course, the famous Monorail mascots, Bunny and Otter!  Together, they have helped lead the way for Wellspring children and families in so many ways – from raising visibility and awareness of our mission, to direct financial support and workplace giving, to hosting free field trips for the students in our...

October 20, 2014

At 11 years old, Jack already has a lot figured out. A recent volunteer in our Baby Boutique, Jack’s exuberance for community engagement, coupled with his strong organizational skills (he is an older brother, after all) combine for an inspirational preteen who not only chooses to spend his free time volunteering, but who is eager to get his peers involved as well. After receiving Jack’s insightful email reflecting on his recent volunteer experience, we just had to share…

My Service Project at Wellspring

By Jack Matter

October 9, 2014

People who know Samuel Taylor tend to smile more.

This is especially true at Wellspring.  As a recurring donor, volunteer, fundraiser, and influencer, Samuel is always there with a dose of support and encouragement for Wellspring staff, and for the thousands of children and families we serve each year.

Raised to believe in the importance of philanthropy and empathy, Samuel has always valued being an active member of the community.  But when he was first introduced to Wellspring Family Services at our Powerful Change luncheon in 2013, the courageous story of former client Hortencia and her young son, Max, immediately ignited his desire to help.