Powerful Change Blog

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
SUCCESS!

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...

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In light of the recent immigration-focused Executive Orders signed by President Donald Trump, Wellspring stands beside the similarly non-partisan and pro-children American Academy of Pediatrics in...

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Each winter, Wellspring relies on the support of hundreds of donors and friends to stock the shelves of the Baby Boutique and the Toy Room with new unwrapped toys and essential items like seasonally appropriate outerwear, clothing, shoes, educational toys, baby gear, and supplies.  

 

You can get involved by:

•    Hosting a donation drive

•    Trying our new online fundraising tools to inspire a community of giving!

•    Making a financial contribution

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Alex was at his lowest three years ago as he was booked into the King County Jail on domestic violence charges. After nine years, all the pain and trauma of his emotionally and psychologically abusive behavior had come to a head. He went to the apartment of his girlfriend, the mother of his two children, thinking he could convince her to return to him through manipulation or threats of self-harm and physical violence against her. She called the police. Alex ran, but then he stopped, aware this wasn’t the life he wanted for himself or his family. Things were broken and he didn’t know how to fix them. He came back and turned himself in to the police.

 

Alex credits his personal growth to Wellspring’s Domestic Violence Intervention Program. Through self-reflection and the group accountability and support of the program,...

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