A year ago this month a handful of people took on a huge challenge: to find new ways to provide support to The Well Community. The Well Auxiliary has quite a list of accomplishments in the first year of its fledgling organization, and already they have caused us to wonder what we’d do without them.
For example, right out of gate last January, they helped sponsor an event, The Secrets We Keep: De-stigmatizing Mental Illness, which highlighted the need for transparent conversations about depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions. Throughout the year they helped with our participation in the Oak Cliff Mardi Gras parade, provided materials for our Spiritual Retreat, donated sleeping bags for members of The Well who are homeless, gave goodie bags at Thanksgiving and supported our Christmas Fund. Auxiliary members were instrumental in helping our Fifth Annual Recovery Live Benefit Concert be a tremendous success.
Auxiliary Board President, Vickie Fisk, has big plans for ways the Auxiliary can serve The Well in the future. “We dream that someday we could help develop a licensed boarding house for female members of The Well to complement Jacob’s House, The Well’s boarding home for men,” she says. “Women in the homeless community are at much greater risk than men.”
Even if that big dream is down the road a bit, what the Auxiliary is doing now is already making a big difference. How about taking a minute to join in? Just click here to sign up. Individual dues are $50 and couples can join for $75.
According to Vickie, as a member of the Auxiliary, “You can be assured that you are helping people in need, immediately. You can also be better informed and equipped to become a champion for those who, because of mental illnesses, are some of the most vulnerable in our community.”
As Auxiliary members have interacted with Well members over the year, I have watched a deeper awareness, softer compassion and firmer commitment develop in our Auxiliary friends. They have greater understanding of what life is like for those who live with severe mental illnesses and poverty, and they have a greater drive to help make things better for our members.
I’m grateful for their help. I’m grateful for their gifts. But mostly, I’m grateful for their willingness to dream big and serve well.