Lasting Change Blog

June 24, 2014

Finding interesting ways to get high school students to perform 20 hours of community service can be difficult, but long-time Franklin High School woodshop teacher Mike Lawson found a creative way to engage his students, and support homeless children at the same time.

Mike has been involved in the woodworking trades for over 40 years and has been teaching high school shop for the past nineteen.  He has...

June 16, 2014

When the Stanford Alumni of Washington came to Wellspring a few weeks ago to volunteer as part of their annual day of service, we were thrilled. When we found out that the entire day had been organized by one of the alumnus’ eighth grade daughters, we were stunned. Meet Malaya Medrano: part of reason why the next generation of philanthropists is already making a difference in the lives of their community members.

June 11, 2014

Each June, families come together to celebrate Father’s Day, an occasion created to highlight the men in our lives who inspire, teach, and motivate us. Guest blogger Mark Adams emphasizes the importance of Father’s Day not only as a time for celebration, but also as a reminder to reflect on the importance of being a father all year long.

So, I’m here to say, you know, thank you son
I’m here to say I’m so proud and numerous other things
Cause you’ve been a teacher to me, just like, I have supposed to been a teacher to you
Cause a lot of people think that parenting and raising a child is a one way street
But, you taught me continuous numerous lessons,
And I love you, my son.

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June 5, 2014

With school almost out for the summer, many parents are looking for ways to engage their children in meaningful activities that provide opportunities for learning and growth--activities like Wellspring's Kids Helping Kids (KHK). Guest blogger...

May 20, 2014

Raised by his grandmother, Curtiss grew up aspiring to be like the father he never had. “I just loved my father,” Curtiss emphasizes. “And the fact that he wasn’t there and it really didn’t feel like he reciprocated that feeling just made me sad.” To avoid feeling hurt, Curtiss began to ‘jump’ from sadness to anger, which then transitioned to violence.

For years, Curtiss struggled with this ‘jumper cable’ of emotions, and enrolled in domestic violence intervention programs to try and overcome his violent behaviors. Despite his good intentions, it was not until his arrest in 2010 that he realized he not only wanted to change, but had to. “I wanted to be held accountable and really be forced to face whatever I needed to in order to get through it,” Curtiss admits. “Just the damage I was doing to my kids, to my wife-I just didn’t want...

May 19, 2014

“We moved around a lot, so we didn’t have a very stable structure,” Velma admits. Living in Mississippi, Velma and her family had struggled with the state’s low minimum wage and the costs of living. Unfortunately, after transportation problems led to Velma losing her job, Velma’s family faced an unstable future. At her wit’s end, Velma decided to pack up her family and move to Seattle-a memorable three-day, cross-country bus trip.

Arriving with the $5,000 Velma had saved from her income taxes, she and her family had hoped to quickly find jobs. However, as the search dragged on, money got tight and her family faced homelessness. Despite a short stay at a local homeless camp, Velma focused on portraying optimism and hope to her young children with the goal of staying strong for them. “Every parent wants to shelter their children from the rain before...

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