More than 200 attendees found their way to the little town of Bethlehem, September 8 to celebrate Wellspring’s 35th Anniversary. The heavy rains and threat of tornadoes couldn’t keep the former staff, alum, and friends of Wellspring from joining in the celebration.
The day’s activities included music performed by former staff and residents, testimonials of “life after Wellspring” from graduates of Wellspring’s programs and a heartfelt message from co-founders Richard and Phyllis Beauvais:
“If we as founders have done anything, we have worked to create and sustain a culture of healing to which others, in turn, have responded and have added their gifts. Wellspring has always been a community effort, for there is no other way to do this work. And as a community dedicated to healing, our focus continues to be the fostering of wholeness – body, mind, heart and spirit – in the mysterious uniqueness of each individual. Individuals become persons only through relationship, and at the heart of true relationship is love.”
Wellspring CEO, Dan Murray, shared news of Wellspring’s recent awards and partnerships:
- The Arch Bridge School at Wellspring has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) as an Independent School and approved by the State of Connecticut as a Private School
- Wellspring has been approved as an out of state school by the New York State Department of Education
- Wellspring has partnered with local school districts to provide consultative services in the area of special education and behavioral health to help districts identify and work with children experiencing emotional issues
In the three-and-a-half decades of the organization’s existence, Wellspring has provided services to over 3,500 individuals and their families in their residential, outpatient, and school programs.
The Wellspring Bridge, for our alumni community, is chaired by Peggy Bier as a parent-run and Wellspring staff supported program for parent assistance and education. Its purpose is to help families deal with mental health issues through mutual support and shared resources. It is also a way for parents who care about children and families to join with Wellspring in its mission. Parents in Partnership is not a clinical group, but rather an association for mutual aid. It is in the process of establishing a website for communication and exchange, and will develop a schedule of program offerings – discussion groups, presentations and relevant publications. Its goal is to create a community of parents with common experiences who can support each other, offer help to families considering Wellspring for their child, share experience with other families in transition, and be of help to Wellspring directly in pursuit of its mission.
If you are interested in registering or learning more about these new programs please contact Lois Taylor in our External Affairs Office at 203-266-8110.