For coronavirus precautions, all daily programs and worship at The Well are temporarily suspended.
Lunches for members of The Well and clients of Mission Oak Cliff can be picked up from noon-1pm at The Well door, Monday through Thursday. In addition to the meal, personal care items such as toilet paper, bottled water, toothpaste and body wash are provided to members through the generosity of donors.
Isolation brought on by stigma and marginalization are crippling challenges for those with severe mental illnesses. While The Well is not able to serve its members during this time as it normally does, we are continuing to care for them in many ways. In addition to the meals and personal items mentioned above, our staff regularly checks in with our members. Each Friday, Alice Zaccarello, Executive Director, visits with residents of Jacob’s house (6 feet from them) to continue to monitor their mental health and instruct them in COVID 19 protocols. During the lunch pick-up, staff chat with members, offering encouragement and counsel.
Founded in 2002, The Well Community is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. While it started as a simple, church outreach to a handful of people, The Well has grown into a flourishing, significant ministry among adults dealing with serious mental illnesses. The Well Community provides a place to belong for those who struggle with mental illnesses and are thirsty for acceptance, support and meaningful relationships. The Well offers hope and healing through best-practice interventions, friendships and the power of faith. The Well’s philosophy of care, relational interventions and holistic rehabilitation combine to make a significant impact upon those we are called to serve.
Services are primarily delivered through our weekday Community Life Center (CLC). Open Monday through Wednesday (click here for specific hours of operation), the CLC offers a restorative environment for people who have had their lives drastically disturbed by mental illness and need the support of others to move toward stability. Lunches are served at the CLC, providing, for some, the only meal of their day. Thursday Night Life, our weekly worship service and meal depends on church and civic groups to provide food and lead worship.
In the video below, one of our members shares with you his own story.
- Mental Illness and Poverty: Magnifying Challenges in Times of Crisis - Health crises like the coronavirus pandemic impact us all. But, those who live with serious mental illnesses face unique challenges in times like this. Not only can uncertainty and fear trigger worsening of symptoms, but lack of access to things like healthy food, shelter and medical care can lead to a higher risk of illness. […]
- A WELL WORLD: Lessons Learned in Uncertain Times - During these uncertain times, when all routines are disrupted and we have more questions than answers, I find it helpful to consider the plight of others to keep from focusing only on my own challenges. In a recent conversation with our Board Chairman, Jeff Lane, we talked about social distancing and social isolation. He had […]
- The End of Over a Decade of Homelessness - After suddenly losing his job over a decade ago, Anthony felt something inside him break. He soon found himself homeless, sleeping in a park or abandoned building. He recalls the street as a place where everyone wants to be somewhere else, but no one knows how to move away from their present situation.