Lasting Change Blog

November 2, 2015
2015 Founder’s Award: Rich Wagner

“I think we all hope to make a difference. My inspiration comes from seeing so many of the opportunities that surround us every moment … and being dissatisfied with the way things are.” -  Rich Wagner, 2015 Founder’s Award recipient

NOVEMBER 2, 2015 - Rich Wagner first heard all about Wellspring Family Services “waaaaaay back” when his friend joined our staff.  But it wasn’t until 2005 that his friend – now our vice president for clinical and training services – first approached Rich about getting involved.

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October 26, 2015
2015 Distinguished Service Award: Sherry Nebel Sherry Nebel photo 2015.jpg

“The most rewarding aspect of being involved with Wellspring is seeing the agency’s talented and focused team work with families in crisis—sometimes over a long period of time—and actually witnessing lives that are turned around. Even more amazing is how some of those families come back and volunteer their own time and talent to help others in need. What could be better than that?” - Sherry Nebel


OCTOBER 26, 2015: Sherry Nebel has been volunteering with Wellspring Family Services...

October 9, 2015


  • Four outstanding individuals, two generous businesses, and an innovative community partner. They inspire us, and make powerful change possible.

2015 1009_PC blog_WFS plate and list fade.jpg OCTOBER 7, 2015 – Wellspring Family Services is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2015 Wellspring Community Awards.  Each year, we recognize seven outstanding Wellspring supporters who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to advancing our mission to help families triumph over trauma.


March 5, 2015

It was in high school that Maria Abdullahi decided she wanted to become a teacher. She'd spent years tutoring and volunteering at her neighborhood youth center, and the experience had been so rewarding that she felt she wanted more. So when she was hired to teach at Wellspring's Early Learning Center (ELC), providing children in crisis with the instruction and care that would propel them to success, she knew it was exactly the step she wanted to take in her life and her career.


She had no idea though, that this step would also be taking her full circle...

February 25, 2015

Jamal had been homeless for most of his elementary school years. By the time he was in 4th grade, he was living with his father in a truck and struggling in school. Behind in math and reading, Jamal also displayed behavioral issues in class as he struggled to cope with his traumatic situation at home.

That all changed when his family connected with Wellspring Family Services and secured subsidized housing that year. With a warm bed and a place to confidently call home, Jamal was able to feel safe and secure, which in turn, allowed him to focus on his academic performance.

With a roof over their heads, Jamal’s father was able to turn his focus from basic survival to his son’s needs, including a stable bedtime routine.  As his father explained, “I was so grateful to finally have a stable place to sit down and help him with his homework before bed.”...

February 17, 2015

Last Thursday, more than 100 dedicated early learning supporters, advocates, and community influencers enthusiastically entered Wellspring’s Rotary Support Center for Families to celebrate the expansion of our Early Learning Center (ELC). Joined by Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess, and Kim Cleworth, President of the Ginger & Barry Ackerley Foundation, Wellspring CEO/President Ruthann Howell was all smiles as we celebrated the strength of our community and the opportunity to provide additional opportunities for children in crisis to triumph over trauma.