A Well World: Rejoicing and Weeping

February 2018

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 Well World: Our Person of the Year

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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

A Well World: R & R

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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

A Well World: A Lot of Good Going On

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

A Well World: Storytelling

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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

A Well World: What can be done?

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REFLECTIONS FROM ALICE ZACCARELLO, Executive Director

Our two featured blogs in March (Homelessness: A Roadblock to Recovery and At Home at Jacob’s House) have highlighted the relationship between mental illness and homelessness. The statistics are alarming, but the situation is even more desperate than the numbers indicate—because we are talking about PEOPLE. People who, through no choice nor fault of their own, are beset by brain disorders that prohibit them from basic human opportunities like work, security and dignity.

For members of The Well Community, safe, affordable and decent housing is an ongoing challenge. For some of them, because there is so little available, the streets are their only option. What can be done? Continue reading