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, alumnae, friends, and family in making this vision a reality,” said Co-founder, Phyllis Beauvais.  ”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 & 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.

 

Wellspring Honors Employees

Left to right: Cassandra Beauvais, DVM; Dawn Madigosky; Maureen Bianchi; Donna Beach, LPN; Amy Langevin; Peggy Rehkamp, CIT; Judy Bridge, Liz Bunovsky, LMFT; Lori Kibbe Lindenmuth, LPN ;Jeff Culhane, MS; with CEO, Dan Murray, Psy.D.
Not pictured: Maureen McCurdy; Michele Murelli; MA; Sarah Szeligowski, MSW.

Starting the new year off in a joyous and appreciative way, employees of Wellspring in Bethlehem gathered on January 14 to celebrate fellow colleagues who reached service milestones in 2014. Wellspring, a nonprofit psychotherapeutic and educational center, honored 13 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 significant milestones – many spanning decades. Since beginning in 1977 with fewer than 15 employees, Wellspring has grown to a staff of approximately 145, of which 70% have been with Wellspring for five years or more and over 30% have been on staff for 10 years or longer. Three employees have been with the organization for over 30 years and seven employees who have been at Wellspring for over 25 years.

Anniversaries celebrated for 2014 were:

5 yrs

Judy Bridge, Milieu Counselor I, Adolescent Program

Maureen McCurdy, Milieu Counselor Per Diem

Michele Murelli, MA, Art Therapist, Art Teacher and CT-Certified Professional Educator

Sarah Szeligowski, MSW, Milieu Counselor

10 yrs

Donna Beach, LPN, Licensed Practical Nurse

Maureen Bianchi, Administrative Assistant – Adult Residential Program

Amy Langevin, Outpatient Services Coordinator

Dawn Madigosky, Administrative Assistant and Human Resources Generalist

15 yrs

Cassandra Beauvais, DVM, Animal Program Coordinator

Liz Bunovsky, LMFT, Psychotherapist – Adolescent Program

20 yrs

Jeff Culhane, MS, Program Director – Adolescent Program

25 yrs

Lori Kibbe Lindenmuth, LPN, Licensed Practical Nurse

Peggy Rehkamp, CIT, Milieu Counselor II – Adolescent Program

 

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