Lasting Change Blog

December 22, 2014

“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...
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.

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.

December 3, 2014

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

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

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...
November 14, 2014

When Erin first moved to Seattle in August of 2013, she was unsure of what the future held for her family. After a series of crises, Erin and her two young daughters became homeless. Unsure of where to turn for support, Erin and her family struggled to find the resources they needed to survive. With winter fast approaching and limited options available, Erin and her two children moved into a tent in Nicklesville. Overwhelmed, stressed, and concerned for the safety and well-being of her children, Erin was losing hope.

Then she learned about Wellspring.

After being referred to Wellspring, Erin felt a renewed sense of possibility as their lives began to stabilize and transform. Through an internship with Wellspring's front desk and Baby Boutique, she began to gain confidence in herself...

October 29, 2014

When it comes to our Kids Helping Kids child philanthropy program (KHK), retail supporters like Red Wagon make all the difference in raising awareness and encouraging community support. Since connecting with Wellspring in early 2013, Madison Park retailer Red Wagon has already inspired hundreds of local children to collect coins for their homeless peers while simultaneously encouraging our neighbors to get involved in each of Wellspring’s seasonal drives.