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.
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.
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.
The Arch Bridge School at Wellspring is participating in the Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program. Through March 20, 2014, we can earn CASH through this exciting program each time our parents and friends shop at any Stop & Shop store.
You can help!
Log on to www.stopandshop.com/aplus and choose “Designate Your School” from the A+ menu found under “Our Stores” to register your card online. Then, each time you shop at any Stop & Shop using your STOP & SHOP Card, you will earn cash for our school! You can track the amount of points you earn for our school by checking your grocery receipt and online when you create an account at www.stopandshop.com. Each month, the amount of cash awarded will be updated on the Stop & Shop website. Wellspring will receive a check at the end of the program. The money can be used for any of our school’s educational needs!
The money we earned last year helped us purchase many supplies for our classrooms!
Taking just a minute of your time to register can make a huge difference to our school. We need your support! Please be sure to register Arch Bridge School using ID # 05773 at www.stopandshop.com/aplus. Also, don’t forget to encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. It could mean the world to our school!