Someone, somewhere, declared the month of April to be “Volunteer Appreciation Month.” I think that’s a cool idea—sort of. I mean, it is great to take time to make sure that we express appreciation to those who give their time to help others. But at The Well Community, we sure hope our volunteers experience our appreciation every time they are with us, not just as an annual “thank you.” Continue reading
I love this time of year. Not only do we get to enjoy the beauty of spring and the pleasure of moderate temperatures, we also have the fun of springtime traditions: egg dying and hunting, games and parties.
Spring also brings my favorite Christian holiday, Easter. There is so much hope in the Easter story. Easter reminds us that where God is there is life. If the dead can be raised then hope can be renewed, the sick can recover and the broken can be restored.
As you have gotten to know The Well Community, I hope you have learned how connected our members are to one another, to the staff, to our volunteers, donors and Board. We are so connected, in fact, that we could be the shining example of how to live out the Bible verse, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15) Continue reading
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. Continue reading
A number of years ago, Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was a mirror. The point was that, in the new age of iPhones and YouTube, the world was becoming more and more individualistic. They observed that we were increasingly able to tailor our inputs to only what we wanted and limit our world to whatever was of interest to us. And so, “I” was the Person of the Year.
If I were choosing The Well Community’s “Person of the Year” for 2017 I would hold up a window, because every time I look around me I see people who are not looking at themselves, but are instead looking outward—into the hearts of others. Continue reading
The Thanksgiving dinner leftovers are all gone by now, but I am still chewing on a number of thoughts from our celebration at The Well Community. Continue reading
I’m writing this in a lovely rural setting at Mt. Lebanon Camp just south of Dallas, where members of The Well Community are enjoying their semiannual spiritual retreat. At this moment, some are participating in one of our craft-making activities. A few others are lounging in the sun; some are reading books. I hear a few chatting with friends on the porch. Continue reading
“I get back so much more than I give,” is a phrase I hear time and time again as I talk with donors and volunteers at The Well Community. I understand what they mean. There is, indeed, a great joy that comes back to us as we contribute to the betterment of others. Continue reading
Historic homes are being restored and repurposed. New businesses are moving into the area. Restaurants are expanding and the Dallas Trolley is bringing visitors to discover the vibrant Bishop Arts District. These are exciting days for Oak Cliff, and as a lifelong resident, I just smile when I see so much good going on around me.
It’s all happening just blocks from The Well’s Community Life Center and near Jacob’s House. There is a lot of good going on here, too. Continue reading
REFLECTIONS FROM ALICE ZACCARELLO, Executive Director
Have you seen our new video? If not, I hope you’ll have a look. It tells the story of PT, one of our members. In his own words, he talks about his journey with mental illness and what the ministry of The Well has meant to his process of recovery. We’ve also written a blog to highlight more aspects of his story.
Watching the video again recently, I thought about other Well Members who also have stories to tell. Each is unique and each one’s journey has many twists and turns. But all have some common themes. I hear them throughout the week in comments by our members. Let me share a few: Continue reading