Lasting Change Blog

October 1, 2014

Fifteen years ago, former Wellspring board member and Boeing Communications Director Russ Young had never heard of Wellspring. But after being invited by friend and Wellspring board member Sherry Nebel to our annual Powerful Change luncheon, Russ was immediately inspired. “After hearing the powerful client stories and the mission of Wellspring, I was hooked,” Russ notes. “I was amazed and impressed by the stories of personal growth, and of Wellspring’s commitment to building a stronger community.”

September 30, 2014

Drumroll, please!

We are excited to announce this year’s 2014 Wellspring Award Recipients have been selected.  Over the next few weeks, we look forward to highlighting our 2014 recipients, each of whom will be honored for their unwavering and inspiring commitment to Wellspring.

Our 2014 Award recipients include individuals, corporations and community partners who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to advancing Wellspring’s mission in King County. We are thrilled to recognize our recipients for their dedication to Wellspring Family Services as we help more than 4,000 individuals and families experiencing crisis triumph over trauma each year. Our deepest thanks and appreciation to this year’s group of extraordinary...

September 5, 2014

Whether it’s donating pajamas and bedtime stories for Sweet Dreamstoothbrushes and combs for ...

August 25, 2014

For many Seattle teenagers, the short months of summer tend to be filled with trips to the beach, hanging out with friends, and sleeping in. However, for a group of Seattle teens participating in the Seattle Youth Employment Programs’ Summer Program (SYEP), this was a summer to give back to their community and gain some professional work experience.  Here at Wellspring, we were fortunate to have several of these teen participants volunteer in our Baby Boutique and at our front desk for an opportunity to learn develop their professional skills. At the end of their summer program, we had a chance to sit down with Jiu Yiang, Kate, Hamza, Romari, and Mohammad to learn about their experiences.

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August 12, 2014

For many students, back-to-school represents the opportunity to start a new academic year fresh, excited, and ready to learn. However, for mother-of-two Jade, it used to fill her with anxiety. "My oldest daughter started kindergarten last year," Jade notes. "She needed so many supplies: notebooks for reading, notebooks for writing, glue sticks for everyone...it was such a long list of supplies that I knew we wouldn't be able to buy them on our own."

Without any reliable income at the time, Jade knew she would be unable to buy all the supplies that her daughter needed to attend school prepared, and worried that her daughter would start her first year of public school already behind her peers. Fortunately, with a last-minute internship at Wellspring and acceptance to our...

July 14, 2014

For children and families experiencing crisis, back to school can be a difficult time of the year. In King County alone, more than 700 school-aged kids struggle with homelessness, and getting the support they need to succeed at school. With a large amount of requested school supplies and the desire to start school prepared, students in crisis often struggle to start off the academic year on a positive note.

Especially for families with young elementary-aged children, required supplies for school can cost nearly $100, an amount that often forces families to prioritize their limited funds in favor of more immediate needs such as food or housing. “For kindergarten, they asked for so many things,” Erika, a former client and current volunteer explains. “Wellspring was a good place to get all of the supplies we needed.”

Here at Wellspring, we...

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