Lasting Change Blog

October 21, 2013

Dressing up for Halloween and going trick-or-treating is the highlight of the fall season for most kids. As children get older and have a say in what they want to be for Halloween, parents’ support of their creativity and imagination can reap emotional rewards, not just candy.

Here’s why it’s beneficial to allow your child to become the creature they long to be, if only for one liberating day (or night):

October 17, 2013

Beverly Ervin often passed by Wellspring Family Services while driving in her neighborhood.  Each time she drove down Rainier Avenue South, she became increasingly curious about the bustling, window-filled building.

Wondering what kind of work was being done at the nonprofit, she decided to find out. The moment she learned all of the ways that Wellspring helps children and families in crisis rebuild their...

October 9, 2013

Sebrena Burr has been a long-time supporter, advocate, and friend of Wellspring Family Services.

For the past five years, Sebrena has made headlines and won awards for their commitment to helping children and families in King County. Sebrena is also a mother that models the importance of service to her daughter, Rena Mateja.  Leading by example, they have helped raise...

October 7, 2013

In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Wellspring’s Mark Adams discusses the most effective ways to promote safety, awareness, and respect when engaging with a friend or family member who is involved in domestic violence. With these tips, Wellspring hopes to spread awareness about the issue of domestic violence and the methods in which it can be prevented. 

Domestic violence impacts cultural, ethnic, occupational, and socioeconomic groups in our community. If you are concerned that someone you know may be acting abusively towards their partner, it can be uncomfortable to share your concern with them, and it is common to wonder what you can do to safely and effectively take a stand against domestic violence...

October 1, 2013

An organization is often only as great as its volunteers, and thanks to the University of Washington’s Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center, Wellspring is never in short supply of quality support.

By placing UW undergraduate students in service-learning opportunities, the Carlson Center offers students the chance to go outside the classroom and learn through hands-on experiences with local organizations. Over the past ten years, Wellspring has enthusiastically welcomed many of these students. With a wide variation of degrees, students have participated in several different components of Wellspring Family Services ranging from the Early Learning Center to the Baby Boutique to...

September 26, 2013

Tim Filer (top image) and Brad Hoff (lower image) are self-described “lifers” at the law firm Foster Pepper, having worked there for over 20 years. Co-captains at the annual Wellspring Luncheon for the past eight years as well,

that title is becoming just as applicable to their involvement at Wellspring...