Lasting Change Blog

May 20, 2014

Raised by his grandmother, Curtiss grew up aspiring to be like the father he never had. “I just loved my father,” Curtiss emphasizes. “And the fact that he wasn’t there and it really didn’t feel like he reciprocated that feeling just made me sad.” To avoid feeling hurt, Curtiss began to ‘jump’ from sadness to anger, which then transitioned to violence.

For years, Curtiss struggled with this ‘jumper cable’ of emotions, and enrolled in domestic violence intervention programs to try and overcome his violent behaviors. Despite his good intentions, it was not until his arrest in 2010 that he realized he not only wanted to change, but had to. “I wanted to be held accountable and really be forced to face whatever I needed to in order to get through it,” Curtiss admits. “Just the damage I was doing to my kids, to my wife-I just didn’t want...

May 19, 2014

“We moved around a lot, so we didn’t have a very stable structure,” Velma admits. Living in Mississippi, Velma and her family had struggled with the state’s low minimum wage and the costs of living. Unfortunately, after transportation problems led to Velma losing her job, Velma’s family faced an unstable future. At her wit’s end, Velma decided to pack up her family and move to Seattle-a memorable three-day, cross-country bus trip.

Arriving with the $5,000 Velma had saved from her income taxes, she and her family had hoped to quickly find jobs. However, as the search dragged on, money got tight and her family faced homelessness. Despite a short stay at a local homeless camp, Velma focused on portraying optimism and hope to her young children with the goal of staying strong for them. “Every parent wants to shelter their children from the rain before...

May 15, 2014

The Seattle Foundation’s annual GiveBIG campaign truly is a day for giving big. With more than 1,600 nonprofits benefiting from this day of online charitable giving, GiveBIG provides a great opportunity for local organizations in King County to spread awareness about the work they do and inspire our community to get involved.

May 13, 2014

Last week, more than 800 people experienced powerful change through the stories of Curtiss and Velma. Community members, donors, sponsors, volunteers, and advocates gathered at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Seattle to help Wellspring...

April 15, 2014

When Linda first came to Wellspring, she was pregnant and sleeping in her friend’s car with her daughter. Frustrated, tired, and hopeless, Linda struggled to provide a stable life for herself and her child.

Fortunately, when the family began working with Wellspring, life came together. After being placed in a stable home by a Wellspring Stability Specialist, Linda could focus on developing a routine that involved eating, sleeping, and showering on a daily basis. With new toothbrushes, shampoo, and other essential hygiene items, Linda gained the confidence she needed to take the next step forward and look for employment. Within a couple months, she had found a job that could support her and her daughter.

Every family deserves the opportunity for a fresh start....

April 11, 2014

Community involvement has been an integral part of Wellspring's ability to serve local families and children in crisis for the past 122 years. With dedicated volunteer staff members, Wellspring continues to provide a variety of services that help local individuals, families, and children reach their full potential.

Wellspring volunteer Micaela Henrich, a current University of Washington undergraduate student studying to be a clinical psychologist, is one such volunteer who is helping Wellspring expand its capacity to positively impact the lives of homeless children.

Our Communications staff (W) had a chance to visit with Micaela (M), to learn more about her community-minded focus and drive.

W: How did you first learn about Wellspring?

M: At the University of Washington,...