Lasting Change Blog

August 12, 2020

By Talia Morris

Families facing homelessness are in a state of instability now more than ever. Before COVID, children and families were able to shop at our Baby Boutique for essential items in person.

With your support, we have been able to start our Personal Shopper Program which allows families to get the items they need while maintaining a safe distance. Now, instead of coming into the store, families request items they need and schedule a time to pick them up.

August 12, 2020


By Morgan De Lancy

Jordan’s* experiences with trauma used to cause frequent emotional outbursts. At age two, he already struggled with disruptive behavior.

This all changed during his time in the Early Learning Center. For the first time, he had support from specialists in early childhood mental health, like Meeghan.

When Jordan got frustrated, Meeghan said to him, “it looks like you’re really upset right now, like you’re angry and sad....

August 12, 2020

By Morgan De Lancy

COVID-19 has left more families at risk of homelessness than ever. “It’s a scary feeling coming home wondering whether the locks have been changed” explains Nawiishtunmi Nightgun, Wellspring’s new Deputy Director of Housing.

She’s seen the struggles families face firsthand and has helped countless families achieve stability. She says with COVID-19, things have only gotten...

August 12, 2020

By Morgan De Lancy

On June 1st, Wellspring’s housing department opened its doors in Tacoma. This expansion is an important step towards supporting more families in our community. “There’s a trend of families we serve moving south of Seattle,” explains Wellspring’s Senior Director of Housing Services, Walter Washington. “We find families where the need is at, so it made natural sense to follow them.”

Meeting families where they’re at is...

March 17, 2020

Dear Friend,

Even before the latest health crisis, many families in our community had less than $400 in savings. Those that were lucky to have full-time employment often had just ten days of PTO per year available to them. That still hasn’t changed.

The COVID-19 pandemic in our community will push some families already living without a social safety net closer to...

November 19, 2019

It’s famously said that there are six degrees of separation between any two people in the world.  But the smaller a community, the less that separates us.

Alex Washburn, a long time Wellspring supporter, decided to raise funds for Wellspring when he found himself unexpectedly connected to one of our families. Alex’s Facebook post describes that connection: