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.
Amplify Your Donation to Wellspring with Give Local Tuesday and Wednesday!
On May 5th & 6th, Wellspring is participating in Connecticut Community Foundation’s 3rd annual Give Local online giving event to help us fill our new building. The construction of the Art & Athletics Center here at Wellspring is almost complete! Many of our donors have responded generously, assisting in raising $1,145,000 toward our $1,500,000 goal of construction costs. We are excited to share that the building will open this summer and we need your assistance to add the finishing touches.
We need your help to fill the building with necessary items such as a portable stage, exercise equipment, IT equipment, and classroom furniture to meet the needs of those we serve. We anticipate that we will need in excess of $150,000 to properly furnish the new space.
Here’s How You Can Help:
1. Go to www.wellspring.org/givelocal anytime between 7am on Tuesday, May 5th and 7pm on Wednesday, May 6th and use your credit or debit card to make a gift of $10 or more (sorry, their minimum not ours).
2. Share this email with friends and family.
3. Become a fan on facebook at www.facebook.com/wellspring.
Wellspring’s participation in previous Give Local campaigns meant that every dollar donated to Wellspring was amplified by about 20% – so if you gave a dollar to Wellspring, it was worth $1.23 when it arrived!
Your online gift through Give Local can also help Wellspring win cash prizes throughout the online campaign!
Best Times to Donate:
Tuesday, May 5:
7am – 10am $1000 awarded to the organization raising the most money between 7-10 a.m. on May 5th
7am – 10am $750 awarded to the Litchfield County organization with the most unique donors between 7-10 am on May 5th
11am – Noon $1,000 awarded to the organization with the most unique donors between 11 am – 12 pm on May 5th
Early Bird! $1,000 awarded to the first Health organization to receive a single donation of $1,000 or more
Before Midnight $1,000 awarded to the organization that raises the most money prior to Midnight on May 5th
7pm – 9pm $1,000 awarded to the Health organization with the most unique donors between 7-9 pm on May 5th
Wednesday, May 6:
After Midnight $200 awarded to the first organization to receive a donation after midnight on May 6th
5:49am Sunrise Prize $500 awarded to the organization that receives a donation closest to sunrise (5:49 am)
7am – 10am $1000 awarded to the organization that raises the most money between 7-10 a.m. on May 6th
11am – 1pm $1,000 awarded to the Health organization that raises the most money between 11 am – 1 pm on May 6th
1pm – 3pm $250 awarded randomly to an organization based in Litchfield County that receives a donation between 1-3 pm on May 6th
2pm – 4pm $500 awarded randomly to a Health organization with a budget over $250,000 that receives a donation between 2-4 pm on May 6th
3pm – 5pm $1000 awarded to the organization with the most unique donors between 3-5 p.m. on May 6th
3pm – 5pm $1000 awarded to the Litchfield County organization that raises the most money between 3-5 pm on May 6th
5pm – 7pm $1,000 awarded to the Health organization that raises the most money between 5-7 pm on May 6th
Thank you for all of your help and support!
A Journey to Discovering Your True Self Begins Again February 24
Wellspring Counseling Services in Middlebury is gearing up for another series of group workshops designed for women to explore their creativity while cultivating self awareness and developing their inner spirit. Renee Alberino, LMFT will lead the discussion group, A Journey to Discovering Your True Self, held over a 13-week period. The group will work from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, exploring a different theme each week. The series encourages personal growth, empowerment and confidence among participants.
Renee Alberino is a licensed marriage and family therapist, who works with groups, individuals, couples and families. She sees clients in Wellspring Counseling Service’s Middlebury office and is a certified Gestalt therapist. Renee has also taught psychology at the college level.
This series is offered again on the heels of the first round held this past winter which was so successful that feedback was to extend the meeting time and add an additional session to allow more time to explore and absorb the course. Other feedback from participants included:
“I can’t remember the last time I felt so hopeful.”
“My creative imaginings are coming out of the darkness and into the light.”
“Sometimes in life, a door appears… Through this workshop I have found that I am not alone in keeping dreams dormant, and that with like minds a shift to bring them into being can occur.”
The 2015 Workshop Series (13 Weeks) begins February 24 and takes place in Middlebury, Connecticut at 850 Straits Turnpike, Suite 201. Participants must pre-register and reservations will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis. The group will meet at 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Space is limited to 10 participants. The cost will be $300 for the 13-week series, which includes a copy of the book and refreshments. Call us at 203-758-2296 to register for this group.
New Women’s Group in Middlebury, CT
A Journey to Discovering Your True Self
Beginning October 7 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
WELLSPRING COUNSELING SERVICES, 850 Straits Turnpike, Middlebury, CT
A 12-week series of group workshops designed to help guide women as they explore creativity, self awareness, and inner spirit. This group will work from the book The Artists Way by Julia Cameron and will examine a different theme each week. The series encourages personal growth, empowerment, and confidence among participants.
Facilitated by Renee Alberino, LMFT.
About Renee: Renee Alberino is a licensed marriage and family therapist, who enjoys working with groups, individuals, couples and families. She sees clients at Wellspring Counseling Service’s Middlebury office and is a certified Gestalt therapist.
Registration Information: Participants must pre-register and reservations will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis. The group is limited to 10 participants. The cost will be $250 for the 12-week series, which includes a copy of the book, supplies and refreshments.
To register, please contact Wellspring Counseling Services at 203-758-2296.