Lasting Change Blog

April 9, 2018

There is no instant fix for families facing homelessness. It takes time, care, a thoughtful plan, and patience to address homelessness and its underlying causes. At Wellspring it happens step-by-step. It’s a journey.

With this in mind, we understand how vital every interaction with our clients is. Routinely, some of those first interactions happen in the Intake Room of our Early Learning Center (ELC).

Our ELC...
April 5, 2018

There was something for everyone at Wellspring’s annual Lasting Change Luncheon this year. The March 16th event featured a salute to a tireless champion of children and families; a Holy Catfish moment; and an affirmation of Wellspring’s commitment going forward, as part of the agency’s seamless change in leadership. Last, but certainly most important, the hundreds of supporters who...
November 8, 2017


Fact: Domestic violence, which often leads to instability, is a leading cause of family homelessness.

Longtime Wellspring therapist Mark Adams addressed the complexities of this thorny reality and facilitated a robust Q&A session in the first of the new community education series called “Conversations on Family Homelessness.” The events on Oct. 11 and 17 attracted dozens of people eager to listen, learn and...

September 8, 2017

On August 19, 100 employees, family members and friends from Recology CleanScapes turned nearly 400 volunteer hours into a bright, sparkling transformation of Wellspring’s Rotary Family Support Center.

The company’s highly-coordinated, day-long effort became the largest single, corporate volunteer endeavor in Wellspring’s history. In all, 23 individual projects in seven areas were completed.


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...