David Spence and his development business, Good Space, Inc., are longtime friends of The Well Community. His history in nonprofit work prompted interest in The Well when he was first introduced to it by a friend at church, Well advocate cVickie Fisk. The ministry piqued his curiosity because, since its founding in 1995, Good Space has been fully focused on the Bishop Arts district of Dallas, just blocks away from The Well.
“We planned from the beginning to work hyper-locally,” David explains. “Good Space is all about this neighborhood—this 75208 zip code.” With such an intentional scope, David frequently encounters members of The Well Community as he moves about the area. He has volunteered at meals and events at The Well from time to time over the years and Good Space has been a sustaining supporter of The Well. Continue reading
Every Sunday evening the men of Jacob’s House, The Well Community’s boarding home for men, enjoy a home-cooked meal, prepared with love and delivered with smiles. These family-style suppers, made by real-life relatives Suzan and Phil Sprinkle and their daughter, Caitlin, provide not only nourishment but a hearty helping of care and connection. As Caitlin says, “It’s an opportunity to count our blessings and share those blessings with others.”
Suzan adds, “If you have blessings, they’re not for you to covet; they’re for you to share.” Continue reading
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
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
Ged Dipprey (left) with Linda Ward and Sam Vachon from Good Deed Real Estate Group
Ged Dipprey is an affable neighbor with a mind for real estate and a heart for members of The Well Community, who live with life-altering mental illnesses. Ged’s family, including his wife, Lori, and two children, have been supporters of The Well for several years. His business, the Good Deed Real Estate Group, which includes Oak Cliff residents Sam Vachon and Linda Ward, also partners financially with The Well. Continue reading
Pam Spell (center) with Norma’s Cafe staff
If you’re in the mood for some old-fashioned home cooking, for fluffy biscuits that melt in your mouth, for berry cobbler served straight from the oven, for chicken-fried steak or pancakes or waffles, look no farther than Norma’s Cafe, Oak Cliff’s very own comfort food destination. Norma’s is a staple for those who live in the neighborhood and the broader Dallas metroplex (there are several Norma’s Cafes in the area), but it’s also an essential part of The Well Community. For almost a decade, Norma’s has occasionally provided meals to The Well Community. Continue reading