An Update on How Wellspring is Responding to COVID-19 And A Call For Help

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 the edge. For others, it will tip them straight over.

Fortunately, Wellspring’s focus on prevention, our ability to quickly build solutions, and our experience serving families in crisis position us perfectly to help those who need it most. We can be there to help families remain housed. That is our mission. Together, we can prevent family homelessness during this period of uncertainty.

How can you help?

Wellspring Family Services is dependent upon the generosity of our community. The costs of operating our programs and services do not diminish during this time. If anything, during a crisis period they increase. Now, more than ever, we need your help. 

  • Donate: Our biggest need is operating funds during this time of uncertainty and added operational expense. Your generous financial support will ensure Wellspring continues to provide services to the families in the greatest need. We simply can’t do this without you! 
  • Consider Cash Instead of Clothing: In support of social distancing, instead of making donations of used clothing and other goods, please consider cash donations.  You may designate your gift for a specific purpose such as housing services, diapers, or gift cards to support family needs. Click here to make a gift. 

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What is happening at Wellspring?

photo elc children 400x.pngWe are doing our best to ensure that we protect staff while continuing to serve families. In addition to asking staff to stay home if they have any symptoms of illness, and to wash their hands regularly, we are taking the following measures:

  • Housing Services: This critical service is fully operational with a majority of our housing staff working remotely. Our goal as always is to provide the very best service with the least impact to our clients. We are maintaining continual contact with housing authorities at the city and county level to be part of any triage services needed by those most impacted.  
  • Early Learning Center (ELC): While Governor Inslee’s closure of schools does not apply to early learning centers, we have elected to close our ELC to students. We will be evaluating this decision on a week-by-week basis.
  • Baby Boutique: Our free store for families continues to operate by appointment only. Personal shoppers are working to assemble packages of clothing and other supplies for parents in need.
  • Additional Community Support: In an effort to support the community on a broader basis we are currently building a resource page at www.wellspringfs.org/coronavirus

For 128 years, our goal has been to provide resources and reassurance across our community. We’ve been through a lot over the years and our mission is time tested, but now more than ever WE NEED YOUR HELP! Click here to support families facing homelessness.

Please don’t let COVID-19 jeopardize families already in need.  Please help us continue the fight against family homelessness, and ensure every child has a safe, stable and secure home!

United In Community,

Heather Fitzpatrick
President & CEO