Celebrating Christmas as a Community

Thanks to the selfless efforts of many, members of The Well Community had a terrific Christmas Celebration at our last Thursday Night Life for the year. Our members enjoyed festive decorations, Christmas music, a holiday message and a traditional turkey meal with dessert. Santa arrived to deliver presents and members received a fun photo with him to take home.

We had a full house! Volunteers from Cliff Temple Baptist Church, Kessler Park United Methodist Church and St. Jude Oak Cliff brought and served the delicious meal. Interns from the School of Social Work at UTA and community volunteers helped with the festivities. Backpacks filled with personal care and special items were provided through Body Oak Cliff, the Thompson & Knight law firm and many donors; and $50 Walmart cards were given to members thanks to the successful “Christmas in July” drive sponsored by The Well Auxiliary and additional generous donations. Continue reading

A Well World: An Overflow of Gratitude

In this season, even more than usual, I see blessings at every turn. As many of us prepare for Thanksgiving feasts and begin to buy gifts to show appreciation for loved ones, gratitude is a prevailing theme, and this focus makes it even easier to see the many things for which we are deeply thankful.

As I reflect on the ways The Well has been blessed recently, I feel gratitude bubbling up inside me for the many who give their time and their resources so that those in our community who live with serious mental illnesses have reason to give thanks as well. Continue reading

Volunteering as a Family Makes a Difference

For parents of young children, finding a place to volunteer as a family that’s both feasible and safe can seem daunting. That’s how Brooke Moser, the mother of two daughters, ages 5 and 7, often felt until a friend of hers recommended she and her husband volunteer with their girls at Thursday Night Life, The Well Community’s weekly worship service and dinner. Over a year ago, Brooke and her family showed up to serve, and they haven’t looked back since. Continue reading

A Starry Night in Hollywood

Our Starry Night in Hollywood party was a star-studded smash hit! On November 9, supporters of The Well gathered at The Schoolhouse to walk the red carpet, enjoying fantastic music, tasty food, dancing and tons of fun, all to help The Well Community continue to support those in the Dallas area living with mental illnesses. Our special thanks goes to our Co-Chairs, Brooke & Jason Moser and Kate & Don Thacker, to our emcee, Brett Shipp, and to our host committee, sponsors, volunteers and vendors for a fantastic night!

Check out the slideshow below for some of the highlights of Starry Night in Hollywood. Continue reading

Starry Night Parties Update Recovery Live Concerts

For many years The Well Community has hosted a fall concert called Recovery Live! This year we’ve made a change to bring a fresh approach to the annual event. Starry Night in Hollywood will be held Saturday, November 9 at The Schoolhouse, 1606 Chalk Hill Road, Dallas, 7:30 p.m.-midnight. It introduces new party fun while underscoring the very serious need for support for those dealing with mental illnesses. Below, Alice Zaccarello, Executive Director, tells us about this new direction. Continue reading

Fall 2019 Spiritual Retreat

Members of The Well Community look forward each year to the opportunity to have their fall retreat at Mt. Lebanon Camp in Cedar Hill. Even thought the outing is only two days and one night, members find it refreshes their souls and restores hope. This year the theme was “Connecting with God.” Intern Diego Contreras led the devotions based on the book Finding Faith: A Search for What is Real by Brian McLaren. Here’s a brief video overview of our time together, a time made possible by caring donors.

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Mental Illness, Prayer and Extravagant Grace

The following blog was written by friend of The Well Community, Catherine Downing, at the invitation of Amy Simpson (author of  Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission) and posted on Amy’s site October 2, 2017. It is written from the perspective of a family member of a loved one who lives with chronic mental health issues. Catherine describes one way her deep faith strengthens her in the journey. Continue reading

A Well World: Language of Hope

Yesterday The Well was given a gift that prompted not only gratitude but a deep sense of sadness: 600 pairs of shoes, each representing a life lost to suicide in the Greater Dallas area in 2018. This is The Well Community’s sixth year to be the recipient of these shoes, which are donated for the Greater Dallas Suicide Prevention Coalition’s Suicide Awareness Day, and each year we receive them with heavy hearts. Continue reading

Community: A Key to Saving Lives From Suicide

In our increasingly connected world, isolation and loneliness are becoming more and more common. But, they’re especially prevalent struggles for those living with mental illness, and they can have particularly devastating consequences: Both mental health challenges and lack of connection to others increase a person’s risk of suicide. Continue reading