The Arch Bridge School at Wellspring Celebrates Nine Graduates in Class of 2015

Summer is a time for celebration at Wellspring’s Arch Bridge School. On June 24 this year, nine students in the senior class graduated from high school and participated in a heartwarming ceremony in Bethlehem, Connecticut.

The graduation day format includes opportunities for staff and students to share their experiences at Arch Bridge School and Wellspring. Susan Schoenbach, Arch Bridge School’s founder and former Director of Education, was the keynote speaker. While congratulating and honoring the students and their families, she related the story of Arch Bridge School’s transformation over 25 years from a tutorial program to a fully accredited, highly respected private school, now acclaimed as a “School of Excellence” by the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET).

A unique and touching element of the commencement ceremonies every year is that each graduating senior is invited to speak. Their stories – delivered through lots of laughter and many tears – are heartfelt, inspirational, and overflowing with gratitude.

Many of the students’ stories illustrated the difficulties and obstacles they faced before finding Arch Bridge School, and they  expressed gratitude for the support they found there that put them on the road to healing and success. Several students stated that they would not be alive today if it weren’t for Wellspring and the Arch Bridge School.

One graduate shared, “Remember that no one was born into this world to be alone. You always have someone there to help, no matter how desperate the situation. You are not alone – especially not here [at Wellspring].”

Another declared, “Wellspring helped save my life, but most importantly, it made me realize that my life was worth living.”

Schools where some of the graduates were accepted into college include Fairfield University, Lincoln Tech, Lyndon State University, Naugatuck Community College, Northwest Community College, Norwalk Community College, University of Connecticut, University of Hartford, and Western Connecticut State University.

Wellspring and the Arch Bridge School Builds New Dodds Family Arts & Athletics Center

Wellspring and the Arch Bridge School is constructing a new Arts & Athletics building, officially named The Dodds Family Center, that will include elementary school classrooms on its main campus in Bethlehem, Connecticut.

 

“I am deeply touched by the generous outpouring of our board, staff, alumni, friends, and family in making this vision a reality,” said Co-founder, Phyllis Beauvais, Ph.D.  ”A special thanks to Isabella Dodds, whose extraordinary generosity not only contributed a major gift for our new building, but also gave a founding gift for the newly launched Wellspring Endowment Fund – and gave us our much-needed tractor Izzie to boot!  In acknowledgement of her gifts and in honor of her family’s history of philanthropy, the new Arts and Athletics building will be named The Dodds Family Center. ”

 

Wellspring is more than two-thirds of the way to our goal of raising $1,500,000 to complete this much needed project. The Arch Bridge School was one of the few schools in Connecticut without an indoor recreational space and their Elementary School classrooms were previously held in a temporary trailer. The Arch Bridge School is a Private Special Education School serving up to 51 children in grades 1 -12, accredited by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and approved by the States of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

 

Wellspring has been providing services and solutions for individuals struggling with emotional, educational and family issues for 38 years. The Arch Bridge School is nearing its 25th anniversary of providing education, including college preparation, to students for grades 1-12. Last year they served over thirty Connecticut school districts.

 

The addition of the new Dodds Family Center is an invaluable upgrade to Wellspring’s campus and will help them better serve students, clients and families locally and throughout the region. It will also allow an enhanced experience for those they serve with performing arts, along with physical exercise and recreation, which are integral pieces to the healing process. The new space will also aid Wellspring and the Arch Bridge School’s training and support for local school districts, health care providers, parents and families. Wellspring and the Arch Bridge School has consulted with and trained more than a dozen local school districts through their SEEDS (Special Education Enhancement and Development Series) program in partnership with the Connecticut Community Foundation.

 

“This new construction will truly be a center on our campus and meet so many needs for the young people and families we serve,” CEO Dan Murray, Psy.D. said. “We hope to finish construction early this summer and to begin using the building and classrooms this fall.” We also remind folks that we are a not for profit organization and they can make a tax deductible contribution to help support this great project!”

 

The new 7,400 square foot building, built by Burlington Construction of Torrington, Connecticut has a barn-like design, fitting in with the rural architecture on campus and includes:

  • An Indoor Recreational Center for large groups, performances, special events, trainings, and sports
  • A multi-use room for conferences, art exhibits and dining space for day students
  • A fully equipped Exercise Room
  • Classrooms for the Elementary School students
  • Office space for teachers
  • A Group Room and support spaces

 

Director of Education at the Arch Bridge School, Ralph Scafariello shared, “The entire school community is eagerly looking forward to the opening of the Arts and Athletic Center as it will provide many options for our staff and students. We are extremely grateful to all those who have donated to make this happen and give our students a first class facility.”

 

Please visit www.wellspring.org to donate today! Donations can also be given by phone at 203-266-8000 or mailing a check to:

Wellspring

Attention: Building Fund

21 Arch Bridge Road

Bethlehem, CT 06751

 

Donating at Specific Times is Super-Charged!

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 – during this online fundraising challenge Wellspring is eligible to win cash prizes to boost our fundraising efforts! Many of our supporters have asked us if there is an optimal time to make their donation. We thought that providing a list of the prizes Wellspring is eligible to win might help you build YOUR giving strategy!

Build YOUR giving strategy and Super-Charge your Donation!

Here’s the list of prizes Wellspring is eligible to win!

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

 

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.

All donations made through Wellspring’s Give Local Web Portal between 7:00 am on Tuesday, May 5th and 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 6th will be AMPLIFIED by the Connecticut Community Foundation!

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!

 

Thank you for all of your help and support!

Amplify Your Donation to Wellspring with Give Local Tuesday and Wednesday!

Amplify Your Donation to Wellspring with Give Local Tuesday and Wednesday!

Amplify your donation to Wellspring through the Connecticut Community Foundation’s Give Local online event and help us win additional prizes!

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.

 

All donations made through Wellspring’s Give Local Web Portal between 7:00 am on Tuesday, May 5th and 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 6th will be AMPLIFIED by the Connecticut Community Foundation

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!

 

Wellspring’s The Artist’s Way Women’s Group to Start in Middlebury

Workshop Series:
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.

 

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