Lasting Change Blog

July 28, 2017

Wellspring Family Services is proud to announce the graduation of 16 of our students from the Early Learning Center! These youngsters are homeless or have recently faced homelessness. With their ELC experience, they are better prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

“Researchers who study pre-K education often find that children who have had early experiences of economic scarcity and insecurity gain more from these programs than their more advantaged peers.”

- The Current State of Scientific Knowledge on Pre-Kindergarten Effects (authors...

June 2, 2017


This week, the Wellspring Baby Boutique was honored to receive the Norman F. Chamberlain Community Service Award for 2017 from the Rainier Chamber of Commerce. This Award is presented each year to recognize groups for their service to the Rainier Valley community.

Mr. Chamberlain was a long-time local resident who passed in 2015 at the age of 81. He was a teacher, counselor, and administrator in education and business. He served as CEO of Pioneer Cooperative Affiliation for 15 years. After retirement, Norm worked as a community volunteer. One of his favorite lines was "Life is Love and Love is Service." We are proud to continue that spirit of service here at the Wellspring Baby...

April 5, 2017
This is an excerpt of a speech delivered by Wellspring CEO/President, Ruthann Howell, at the 2017 Powerful Change Luncheon. Read the full speech, or watch the video, here.   water.jpg Every family we work with is guided by Wellspring’s incredible team. They forge amazing relationships based on trust and accountability with children and their parents. They understand why children—and even their parents—are acting the way they do.    I’d like to share with you the story of Carlos. He’s a four-year-old in our Early...
April 5, 2017

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The Washington Dental Foundation and Delta Dental’s Tooth Fairy paid Wellspring’s Baby Boutique a visit with this great gift of essential hygiene items for our Fresh Starts campaign. The Washington Dental Foundation/Delta Dental was also a Table Sponsor at this year’s Powerful Change Luncheon.

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Seattle Children’s Theatre did a coat drive for Wellspring’s Baby Boutique during their run of A Snowy Day. They also provided...

March 23, 2017

​Ruthann Howell, CEO/President, Wellspring Family Services 

​The following is a transcript of the remarks given by Wellspring's CEO/President, Ruthann Howell, at the 2017 Powerful Change Luncheon, March 16, 2017.


I want you to picture this in your mind: Ending the multi-generational cycle of family homelessness in Seattle, and beyond.

It’s a powerful thought! Can it happen? I’m here to tell you: the answer is YES. We can end this cycle of family homelessness. Today, I’d like to share four key areas that guide Wellspring on this ambitious but doable path.


The first is the Wellspring Focus.

Our plan focuses on children. Everything we know intellectually, believe in our hearts and that we practice each day at Wellspring points to this proven approach.

When you focus...

March 23, 2017

Wellspring's 2017 Powerful Change Luncheon was a huge success! We raised nearly $470,000 to support lasting change​ in our community!

Thank you to all of you that attended! With your support we will end the multi-generational cycle of family homelessness in Seattle, and beyond. It is an ambitious goal, but if you heard our CEO/President, Ruthann Howell's remarks at the luncheon, then you will know it is possible with Wellspring's unique four keys to success.

If you missed Ruthann's speech, do yourself a favor and listen to it now via our Facebook Live video or read the transcript on our blog. It is truely inspiring.

You'll also want to do yourself a favor and...