Lasting Change Blog

September 10, 2013

It’s individuals like Faridah Abdullah who ensure organizations like Wellspring remain successful.

Coming to Wellspring Family Services in 2008 after retiring from her work at World Relief in downtown Seattle, Faridah immediately became a critical component to our Development team. Volunteering at the past six Powerful Change Luncheons, taking work home with her, managing email lists and...

September 5, 2013

Meet Fran Harstad, Claudia Simmons, Chris Stewart, and Rowena Hondrade – four enthusiastic Virginia Mason employees who recently dropped off three crates filled with school supplies from their workplace back-to-school drive for Wellspring!

Inspired by the 400 homeless children Wellspring serves each back-to-school season, these women decided to get together and rally their 266 colleagues on the Patient...

September 5, 2013

Drumroll please! 

We are excited to announce this year’s 2013 Wellspring Award Recipients have been selected.  Over the next few weeks, we look forward to highlighting our 2013 recipients, each of whom will be honored for their unwavering and inspiring commitment to Wellspring.

Our 2013 Award recipients are recognized for their dedication to Wellspring Family Services as they help us serve more than 5,000 individuals and families experiencing crises each year. Our deepest thanks and appreciation to this year’s group of extraordinary individuals and corporations! 

Stay tuned for weekly insight into the stories behind our award recipients' motivation to inspire powerful change....

August 30, 2013

Going back to school can be as stressful for a parent as it is for a child. With the arrival of the new school year comes the need to adjust daily routines. Fortunately, there are some simple ways that parents can take control to ensure a smooth back-to-school transition.

Back-to-School Quick Tips for Parents

  • Re-establish bedtime and mealtime routines, preferably a few weeks before the first day of school. Also, help your child organize their clothes, lunch, and backpack for each school day. By establishing routines, your child will readily adapt to their new schedule, making any change more bearable.
  • Visit the school with your child before classes start if possible. This reduces the enormity of the transition and helps your child feels more secure in a new and unfamiliar environment.
  • It’s a new...
August 28, 2013

Samuel Taylor is an enthusiastic man with a contagious laugh and a mile-wide smile. 

A new Wellspring supporter, he recently completed the Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic (“STP”), a distance of more than 200 miles, and dedicated the journey to Wellspring Family Services.

Samuel was introduced to Wellspring at this year's Powerful Change Luncheon. Invited by a friend, he begrudgingly...

August 25, 2013

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) have risen in popularity over the last couple of decades as a strategy for employers to create a healthier, stronger workforce, and in doing so, increase their bottom line.

When an employer offers an EAP benefits to its employees, research shows an increase in employee retention, a reduction in employee turnover and absenteeism, and an increase in employee morale and productivity.

Increasingly, EAPs are incorporated into an employer’s health benefits package. In fact:

  • Due to their proven success, EAPs have seen considerable growth, with 35% of companies maintaining these employee services in 1985 to nearly 75% currently.
  • EAPs have seen a benefit-cost ratio of up to 26:1 for employers, and have helped to provide employment stability for the work force, representing a significant return on...