2016 Give Local Campaign an Incredible Success


THANK YOU to all of our friends, donors, staff, and sponsors who helped make the Give Local 2016 fundraising campaign such a success. We couldn’t have done it without you!!!

Raising $75,535 in just 60 hours Wellspring earned an additional $2,000 from Ion Bank  for being the overall leader in dollars raised in the 2016 Give Local Challenge. In the upcoming weeks we will learn more about the AMPLIFICATION of funds to Wellspring thanks to the generous sponsors of the Give Local Campaign.

Special Thanks to the following individuals and sponsors:

Tricia Poirier & Paula Van Ness along with their team at Connecticut Community Foundation 

Wellspring’s Board of Directors 

Ion Bank Foundation

Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Jack & Pam Baker

Crystal Rock

Wayne Eisenbaum Charitable Foundation

Leever Foundation

Salem Foundation Fund

Southbury Community Trust Fund

Advanced Benefit Strategies 

John Bale Book Company

Martha Bernstein

Budwitz & Meyerjack P.C.

Carmody, Torrance, Sandak & Hennessey, LLP

Conquest Consulting

Dan Caron

Anne Delo

FM 97.3 WZBG

Ericson Insurance

Giuliano Richardson & Sfara LLC

Brian Henebry

Henry & Federer

Liberty Bank Foundation

Marion Manufacturing

John & Shirley Michaels

Pryme Tyme Entertainment, LLC

Post University


David Robinson

Rollins Printing

Secor Cassidy & McPartland

Svetlik Andrews Fund

1320 WATR

Jack Zazzaro, DMD & Monique Marchetti

For more information about Give Local please visit www.GiveLocalCCF.org.

Extended Hours for Give Local

Yesterday the national Give Local campaign experienced a system overload, crashing the website! We heard from many of our donors who were frustrated that their donations were not able to be processed, and today we are excited to share the good news:

The Give Local website is working now! And the fundraising challenge has been extended to Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 PM. AND… At 9:45 on May 4 we are HALFWAY to our $40,000 goal thanks to our generous donors!  

Make your donation, or check in on our progress at www.wellspring.org/givelocal.

We are excited to share that our participation in Give Local 2016 will be further amplified through the generous pledge of a $40,000 gift of matching funds provided by members of Wellspring’s board of directors and alum parents.

Donations made between 7 a.m. May 3rd and 7 p.m. May 5th will be enhanced with bonus funds provided by the Connecticut Community Foundation and their sponsors. To learn more, or to make your online donation during the campaign, please visit www.wellspring.org/givelocal.

MARI Workshop with Michele Murelli

MARI® Mandala Assessment Research Instrument Workshop

A Jungian based art therapy assessment

Saturday May 14, 2016

9:30 am to 4:00 pm

at Promisek, 694 Skyline Ridge Road Bridgewater, CT

$75 (catered lunch included)

Join Michele Murelli, MA, Art Therapist and Certified MARI practitioner for this experiential workshop that provides an overview of this powerful therapeutic tool for evaluating personal problems and gaining insight and a better understanding of self integrating meditation, art making and mandalas.

About MARI: MARI is a non-verbal and non-threatening assessment tool that can be used working with individuals ages 14 and up. This new approach to psychological healing accesses Jung’s four functions of consciousness (sensation, intuition, thinking, and feeling) through an intuitive process that serves as a powerful therapeutic tool. Learn more at: http://www.maricreativeresources.com/

About Michele Murelli, MA: Michele works as an art therapist and art teacher at Wellspring in Bethlehem, Connecticut. A certified as a MARI Practitioner, Michele earned her BA in Psychology with a certificate in Art Therapy from Albertus Magnus College and an MA in Art Psychotherapy from Lesley University. Michele is a talented painter and mixed media artist she enjoys spending time in her garden and cooking.

Registration Information:

Please visit http://tinyurl.com/mariworkshoppromisek

or call Caren at 203-947-4214 to register for this workshop

Guests rooms available, please email events@promisek.org to reserve or inquire.


Wellspring Opens New Arts & Athletics Center

Dodds Family Center for Arts & Athletics at Wellspring's Arch Bridge School

Isabella Dodds is greeted by Arch Bridge School Director of Education Ralph Scafariello and Wellspring CEO Dan Murray.

Over 170 members of Wellspring’s community of staff, board members, clients, students, families, and friends (old and new) gathered together to celebrate the opening of the newly completed Dodds Family Center for Arts & Athletics on September 19, 2015. The day’s events centered around a celebration of Arch Bridge School’s 25th Birthday and honoring the school’s founder Susan Scott Schoenbach.

Throughout the day Wellspring employees and leaders expressed their gratitude to the many individuals who helped make our dream of the new building a reality.

Dan Murray, Wellspring’s CEO, shared the following quote, reminding those gathered of the amazing shared accomplishment of opening the Dodds Family Center:

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do whats possible;
and suddenly you’re doing the impossible.
- Saint Francis

The new building provides Wellspring with much needed spaces – a gymnasium/event center for large groups to come together, an exercise room, classrooms for Arch Bridge School’s Lower School (previously housed in temporary trailers), and a conference room for trainings and art exhibits that will serve double duty as a dining room for the Arch Bridge day students.

Over the past few weeks our campus has been buzzing with activity as we move into the classroom wing of the building and explore the new spaces available for recreational activities. Stay tuned for more photos this fall as we settle in, but in the meantime click here to see some photographs of the new building and our event in September.



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