Wellspring’s 35th Birthday

Pictured (left to right) Harvey Newman, former CEO; Richard Beauvais, co-founder; Herb Hall, former CEO, Phyllis Beauvais, co-founder; Dan Murray, Chief Executive Officer at Wellspring

More than 200 attendees found their way to the little town of Bethlehem, September 8 to celebrate Wellspring’s 35th Anniversary. The heavy rains and threat of tornadoes couldn’t keep the former staff, alum, and friends of Wellspring from joining in the celebration.

The day’s activities included music performed by former staff and residents, testimonials of “life after Wellspring” from graduates of Wellspring’s programs and a heartfelt message from co-founders Richard and Phyllis Beauvais:

“If we as founders have done anything, we have worked to create and sustain a culture of healing to which others, in turn, have responded and have added their gifts. Wellspring has always been a community effort, for there is no other way to do this work. And as a community dedicated to healing, our focus continues to be the fostering of wholeness – body, mind, heart and spirit – in the mysterious uniqueness of each individual. Individuals become persons only through relationship, and at the heart of true relationship is love.”

Wellspring CEO, Dan Murray, shared news of Wellspring’s recent awards and partnerships:

  • The Arch Bridge School at Wellspring has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) as an Independent School and approved by the State of Connecticut as a Private School
  • Wellspring has been approved as an out of state school by the New York State Department of Education
  • Wellspring has partnered with local school districts to provide consultative services in the area of special education and behavioral health to help districts identify and work with children experiencing emotional issues


In the three-and-a-half decades of the organization’s existence, Wellspring has provided services to over 3,500 individuals and their families in their residential, outpatient, and school programs.


  • jordan

    Awesome post. Much thanks again. Cool.

    October 16, 2012
  • Christina Cordes

    i was a resident at wellspring when i was a teenager. i know Richard and Physil Beauvais. The wonderful memories I have of Wellspring. i was there around the year 92, 93, or 94. it was helpful. I have a lot of good memories. I was in charge of 10 sheeps. I would love to go back and take a tour of the place. And talk with Richard whoses brother David said he retired. Thank you for the help.

    November 2, 2012
    • Hi Christina, We would love to connect you with Richard and Phyllis! They have stepped away from the day-to-day operations, but are an integral part of Wellspring and are on campus throughout the week. The sheep continue to do well, and we have been shearing and processing their fleece to create skeins of wool and wool for felting! Feel free to reach out to Christina Reddington here at Wellspring to arrange a visit! You can call 203-266-8000.

      January 2, 2013

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