Lasting Change Blog

August 8, 2016

St. Matthew Photo_cropped.jpg Meet a local church that’s redefined Christmas gift-giving for dozens of grateful Wellspring families. Back in 2001, the congregation of St. Matthew's Parish in Shoreline decided they wanted to extend their neighborhood by putting a smile on the faces of children, mothers and fathers come holiday time. St. Matthew had already been generously supporting Wellspring Family Services through an annual donation that allowed staff to provide outreach and therapeutic services to families in their homes.

The church did something...

July 25, 2016

RTL Email Image.jpg 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...

June 21, 2016

Lily in the Baby Boutique.jpg By Lily Mak, University of Washington, Class of 2016

When I was looking for internship credits to graduate from the University of Washington this year, I wasn’t looking just anywhere to fulfill my requirements: I wanted to intern at a place where I knew that I was making a big difference in my community, where the people within the organization felt a strong connection to what they were doing. My parents themselves always taught me to put my heart into it when it comes to helping others. I remember from my childhood...

June 16, 2016

KHK logo.new_.JPG “I’m soooo bored.”

These are the last three words parents want to hear from their child during the long, summer break from school. Even after families enjoy vacations, sporting events and going to the movies, most parents still ask themselves, “How do I keep my kid busy all summer?!

How about helping your child make a difference in another child’s life?

Kids Helping Kids (KHK) is Wellspring’s youth philanthropy program. It’s rooted in the simple idea that kids who have a home should have an opportunity to help...

June 16, 2016

stanford alum 3.jpg Last month a group from the Stanford Alumni Association helped transform spaces in our building that are very important to the children we serve. This eager group of volunteers, including kids and adults, sorted summer clothes in the Baby Boutique and also built planter boxes and scoured our playground equipment so it’s clean and ready for warm-weather play.  

Thank you, Stanford Alumni and families! We’re delighted to report that the preschoolers learned hands-on lessons about science and nature as they happily dug in the soil of the planter...

June 13, 2016

DSC_0055.JPG Summertime learning at Wellspring’s Early Learning Center just became more adventuresome and fun for our preschoolers.

From now through early October, they’re going on more than 21 different creative field trips. For many, it’s a first-time-ever-chance to stand in a tide pool and get sprayed by a squirting geoduck, or visit a zoo and see penguins waddle and giraffes stand tall.

“Our summer learning excursions extend the ELC classroom to the natural outdoors where children can see, touch, taste, smell and really experience life,” says Diane Brissenden, ELC...