A Well World: A Suicide Prevented

It was early on a Sunday morning and I was just debating whether I had the energy to make it to church after a late-night event when a text came through that jolted me fully awake. It was from one of the men at Jacob’s House, The Well’s City of Dallas licensed boarding home. Stuart* was letting me know he had plans to end his own life.

I immediately tried to call him back, but there was no answer. I called an emergency service, but they were not able to reach him either. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, I quickly headed over to Jacob’s House. Thankfully, after a being awake all night, Stuart had fallen asleep. I left a note for him to call me when he woke up. Then I went to church. Continue reading

Celebrating Compassion

Throw the confetti! Whoop and holler! Clap and stomp! In whatever way you like to celebrate, join us as we jubilantly rejoice in the incredible response for The Well Community on North Texas Giving Day (NTGD)!

We wondered if our goal—$65,000—was a bit of a stretch, but there are so many ways our members are impacted by COVID-19, we saw NTGD as an opportunity to gain resources to address their needs.

As early giving closed the night of September 16, 40 people had already pledged $14,410. Wow! Twenty-four hours later, 88 more had given an additional $53,365!

Our total for NTGD came to $67,775—$2,775 over our goal! Continue reading

Life-Giving Community in a Time of Isolation

Mauricio and Miguel, who recently met at The Well while picking up their lunches and have been supporting one another ever since.

When the pandemic hit, Tony lost his job in hotel maintenance and, for the first time in his life, found himself homeless. But, he heard about The Well through some friends. “I’ve found support here and resources,” he says.

Each week, as many as five new people show up at The Well. They’re wrestling not only with the stress of continued lockdowns and social distancing, but with severe mental illnesses and poverty—challenges that have been magnified in numerous ways in recent months. Some, like Tony, have lost employment or housing, and many are struggling as services they depended upon have been placed on pause. Continue reading

Opportunities for Impact in a Pandemic

The current pandemic has brought a lot of uncertainty about so many aspects of our lives. In times like this, when so many are facing significant challenges with their health, finances and mental well-being, it can be easy to feel like one person can’t make much of a difference, as well as difficult to know how to provide meaningful help to those who are struggling.

But, amid the numerous hardships and disappointments of COVID-19 are opportunities—ways to make a real, positive impact in the lives of those dealing with serious mental health conditions. These individuals faced a mountain of challenges before the virus hit, and now must scale an additional level of hurdles in managing their illnesses. More than ever, they need the partnership of friends who care and who understand the challenges they face, making the present a prime time to get involved. Continue reading

A Well World: The Higher Goal

For a number of years now, The Well Community has carried the tagline “a place to belong” because our focus has been on offering a gathering space for those who struggle with mental illnesses and are thirsty for acceptance, support and meaningful relationships. With COVID-19 we’ve not been able to gather in a place. But we have been able to maintain the higher goal of offering acceptance, support and meaningful relationships. These happen during our noontime meal pickups and as staff interacts with members throughout the week. Continue reading

In the Company of Others

Who among us has not heard the echoes of isolation? Often a sense of loneliness can overwhelm us. During these times it’s easy for anxiety to rule and fear to hold tight. Those who deal with chronic and severe mental illnesses experience this even more deeply. Stigma, rejection and misunderstanding often force them into a never-easing aloneness. Except at The Well Community.

Here members find the company of others who understand, care and accept. Here those living with debilitating mental health difficulties can be themselves and still belong. Here, through the generosity of donors and the kindness of volunteers, those marginalized by society are encircled by help and hope.

In our 2019 Annual Report we share stories of ways our members find encouragement through community. We tell how they are able to give as well as receive and find opportunities to grow as well as heal. We also provide some facts and figures, in addition to lists of special thanks. Together that information demonstrates how members, donors, volunteers, interns and staff make up the community that is The Well. Continue reading

Seven Principles of Compassion in Action

The Well Community was formed in 2002 as a faith-based organization. As such, we enjoy the fellowship and support of a number of area churches. Many are involved with The Well in a variety of ways. Their members volunteer; their pastors share messages; their worship teams lead worship; their Sunday school classes provide meals; their budgets include The Well. We are so grateful to them! Continue reading

A Well World: Bursting My White Bubble

I grew up in Dallas in the ‘50s and ‘60s, more specifically in Oak Cliff, a place that most in northern parts of the city thought was a substandard, in fact, a scary place. I was born at Methodist Hospital and my family of five eventually moved to Wynnewood North, a tucked away all-white neighborhood. It was an idyllic time by traditional standards: Mom stayed home and dad worked. Kids ran throughout the neighborhood, waded through the creeks and even walked up to Wynnewood shopping center, alone. Continue reading