Wellspring Honors Employees


Wellspring recently honored employees for milestones in their years of dedication, some marking as many as 25 years of employment with the organization. Pictured are (back left) Ann Watson, Sarah Vogt, Nicole Giannelli, Toni Earley, Dawn Adams and Mayda Capozzi, (front, left) Ron Crowcroft and Genevieve Weaving.

Wellspring, a multi-service mental health nonprofit, recently honored 15 employees for reaching significant milestones in their years of service, some marking as many as 25 years of employment with the organization.

Staff members gathered to celebrate the anniversaries and to recognize their years of dedication and commitment to Wellspring.

Employee loyalty is common at Wellspring as the majority of employees have been with the organization for several significant milestones, many spanning decades.

“Wellspring is fortunate to have a well-trained and professional staff that possess both the mind and heart for the work that is done here,” said HR Director Dee Hughes.

Since beginning in 1977 with fewer than 15 employees, Wellspring has grown to a staff of approximately 155, of which 70 percent have been with Wellspring for five years or more.

Ann Watson and Genevieve Weaving celebrated 25 years of service and Mayda Capozzi has reached 15 years of service.

Ronald Crowcroft, Toni Earley and Sarah Vogt celebrated 10 years of service.

Dawn Adams, Kellie Ahearn, Nicole Giannelli, Siobhan Kalnins, Cheryl Keyworth, Toni Mosakowski, Judy Mueller, Marjorie Pfeffer and Jessica Russo have given five years of service each.

At the end of 2014 Wellspring will honor nine additional employees for 10 years or more, including two more at 25 years.

This level of commitment runs across all departments and positions.

The longest standing service shows in the nursing department where seven of the current 11 staff members have reached significant milestones under the direction of Janet Samela-Sorrel, who is in her 28th year of service.

Wellspring is a non-profit multi-service mental health agency and educational center, licensed by the State of Connecticut and accredited by JCAHO.

The Arch Bridge School is accredited NEASC.

Wellspring’s website is www.wellspring.org.

Torrington Public Schools receive $15,000 Draper Foundation Fund grant

The Torrington Public Schools in partnership with Wellspring and The Arch Bridge School received a $15,000 from the Draper Foundation Fund administered through the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut to help provide much needed behavioral health supports for students in preschool and kindergarten classes in the Torrington School District.

Last year, approximately 120 children were referred to Special Education Services and only 60 were eligible. Many children who did not qualify, may have benefited from behavioral health supports outlined in this outreach.

The planning team will collaboratively select the teachers/classrooms that will participate in the initial Special Education Enhancement and Development Services (SEEDS) program projected to rollout in April, 2014. The Wellspring SEEDS program staff have effectively partnered with seven Connecticut school districts. The goal is to provide training and support to school staff and administration to allow them to meet the needs of students with serious emotional disturbances, while supporting their families in the educational process. Goals of the grant include: Preschools and Kindergarten classroom staff will be provided with recommendations for behavioral health services and customized strategic planning functions; Develop comprehensive curricula for management of behavior and special education classroom support; and Preschool and Special Education teachers will be trained in enhanced classroom techniques, utilizing a high-structured, high-nurturing approach.

The Torrington Public Schools (TPS) serve 4,500 students in pre-k-12 regardless of their educational needs, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. As a public school system, TPS must provide for all children living in the city of Torrington a quality education program based upon mandates of the state of Connecticut, at no cost to the students or their families. TPS includes a comprehensive high school with a blended learning environment including opportunity to earn credits on line, early college credit, and participate in activities and clubs that allow students to solve “real problems” and work with practicing professionals. Interscholastic sports, drama and music programs are also offered. The middle school focuses on developing the student as independent learner, as well as their leadership skills as they progress through the pre-adolescent stage of growth and development. The five elementary schools collaborate to provide continuity in educational program and services for all children from grades prek-5.

Nowhere to Go: Mentally ill youth in crisis

On Sunday evening 60 Minutes featured a segment that was of special interest to the friends and “family” of Wellspring. Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds shared his very personal experiences battling the healthcare system when attempting to get treatment for his son and the stigma of raising a mentally ill child

While there is much work to be done to end the stigma of raising a mentally ill child, and provide better access to mental health services – we applaud the efforts that Senator Creigh Deeds and others throughout the nation are organizing to help others in the struggle.

Representative Miner Visits Wellspring

Rep. Miner touts Wellspring & Arch Bridge School during visit


BETHLEHEM – State Rep. Craig Miner (R-66) on Friday toured the Wellspring & Arch Bridge School, a private and New England Association of Schools and Colleges accredited school servicing individuals with psychological, emotional and educational issues, calling it a pristine treatment center that assists people from all walks of life – and a cornerstone to the Bethlehem community.


Rep. Miner joined Wellspring administrators to expound on its services, touting what the educational center means to both his 66th district of Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren and Woodbury, and throughout northwest Connecticut.


“What Wellspring is doing right in our own backyard is critical to the overall well-being of the psychological, emotional and educational communities,” Rep. Miner said. “There’s a reason why this private organization has been so successful. They build relationships with their clients and students – and their parents and guardians — and truly promote healing. As Wellspring looks to the future of its programs, I can only hope the surrounding community understands how important it is to fully restoring individual’s health.”


Wellspring’s 190 employees have helped 88 clients, students and families from Rep. Miner’s assembly district and boasts a whopping 80 percent of grade-school students that go on to succeed in higher education institutions. Its outpatient facilities in Middlebury and Bethlehem currently service approximately 300 active cases. Wellspring also offers consulting services to nine local school districts through a new program, Special Education Enhancement and Development Series (SEEDS) grants, allowing Wellspring staff to work with local school teachers and administrators in strengthening their communication skills and classroom management approaches.


Clients are referred from schools, parents, insurance companies and educational consultants to Wellspring for its services and its relationship building.


It is currently looking to upgrade its elementary school from a decade-old trailer-like facility into a new, $1 million building – along with building a gymnasium so they no longer have to transport students long distances. But the project isn’t coming easily, although Wellspring deserves it, Rep. Miner said.


“Wellspring is growing, expanding. And I wish them the best in their future endeavors as they look to add to their already sterling campus and reputation,” Rep. Miner said.


For more information on Wellspring & Arch Bridge School, along with its services and donation needs, please visit www.wellspring.org.


Wellspring Brightens Holidays for Safe Haven Families


Bethlehem, CT – January 27, 2013 – Santa’s sleigh arrived just before Christmas at Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury in the form of an overflowing carload of gifts, generously donated by employees and friends of Wellspring. The presents -over 75 in all – helped three area families in need celebrate the holidays. In November, Wellspring employees also donated 20 new backpacks filled with kid-friendly food for the children at the shelter. “Safe Haven is immensely grateful for the donations and thanked us profusely,” said Marty Newell, Wellspring Adventure Program Coordinator and leader of the project. “All of the people who donated were incredibly generous and thoughtful in their gifts. This is a touching experience for everyone involved.”


Peggy Panagrossi, Safe Haven Executive Director said that the mothers were thrilled with everything they received. They acknowledged that they would never have been able to do for their children what Wellspring made possible.


About Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury

The mission of the shelter is to offer a Safe Haven for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by providing free, confidential services in a safe, caring environment; striving to raise awareness through community education and outreach. You can read more at www.safehavengw.org


About Wellspring and The Arch Bridge School

Since its beginning in 1977, Wellspring has progressively expanded its services to provide residential treatment in a private school environment for children ages 6-13 and adolescent girls on the main campus, residential treatment for adults on their own private campus; extensive outpatient services at two locations; therapeutic special education services for residential and day students on the main campus at the NEASC accredited Arch Bridge School. Wellspring is a multi-service mental health agency and educational center, licensed by the State of Connecticut and accredited by JCAHO. Wellspring’s excellent reputation for quality care, comprehensive mental health treatment and special education services has accompanied its growth. Wellspring is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more at www.wellspring.org.


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