Lasting Change Blog

February 10, 2015

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Valentine's Day doesn't have to be the only opportunity to show your love for family, friends, and yourself. Guest blogger Marilyn Liepelt explains how to spread the love throughout the month of February (not just on the 14th!). 

Ah February—a wonderful month where, mid-way through, we get a day to celebrate love. This opportunity comes in the form of Valentine’s Day, and provides a holiday for us to truly appreciate the love that is all around us. Some with a more cynical perspective view the...

January 7, 2015

It’s hard to believe that it’s already that time of the year again—the time where we look back over the past 124 years with a sense of gratitude and accomplishment, while also looking ahead to the unwritten potential of a new year, and all that we can achieve together for children and families in crisis.

Thanks to the unwavering support of so many in our community, we were able to help thousands of children and families access the support that all individuals need to overcome adversity and achieve positive, permanent change in their lives. It was so inspiring to watch these changes unfold in 2014 for our clients, and to see them return in 2015 with a new level of confidence, optimism, and determination to take the next positive step forward.

At Wellspring, we are filled with this same sense of optimism and determination as we...

December 22, 2014

IMG_6640.JPG “I think it’s the most important thing—to give back,” Susie Wells of Usborne Books emphasizes, sitting in our Early Learning Center (ELC) surrounded by photos of happy preschoolers and toddler toys. “My parents were always focused on serving our community, so I’ve always felt really grateful to be able to make a difference when I can.”

And make a difference she has. This past holiday season, Susan decided to launch an online campaign focused on raising $1,500 for books for our avid early learning students, and after only a...

December 17, 2014

During our recent Kids Helping Kids Giving Together Empathy day, we asked “five-and-three-quarters” year-old Maya, Why is it important to help other people? Her response was priceless: “It’s important because some people might not have homes or the same things we have!” She answered astutely, tucking her brown bobbed hair behind her ear while fidgeting with the red and green sash on her holiday dress.


It was a question asked throughout the event to many of the enthusiastic, determined philanthropists who attended, and each eager child inspired us with their response and unedited opinion:


December 10, 2014

For more than 20 years, Dr. Ben Danielson and the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic have been critical supporters of our Early Learning Center (ELC) and our community. By providing essential pro bono, on-site health services for each of our students, Odessa Brown staff have helped the hundreds of children who enter our ELC start their experience with the best possible opportunity for success.


Dr. Danielson, a steadfast influencer and community advocate, has long inspired those around him with his dedication to helping...

December 3, 2014

“Mom, why is that person sleeping on the sidewalk?”

“Dad, why does Jonah wear the same clothes at school every day?”

iStock_000006104541_Large.jpg Many parents struggle with how to respond to these common questions without an easy answer. If you’re one of these parents, you’re not alone. Talking to children about important social issues like homelessness and poverty can leave even the most experienced parents stumped. At Wellspring, we’ve received many requests from teachers, parents and guardians in our community, seeking guidance on how to navigate...