The best holiday party at home

 

 

 

 

As The Well’s premiere fundraising event, Starry Night, gets closer, we’d like to introduce ourselves, Brooke Moser and Kate Thacker, as the event’s Host Committee Co-Chairs.

Since The Well Community began its Starry Night events two years ago, we have spent this time of year looking forward to joining our friends for an evening of live music and good company—all for a great cause. Starry Night allows our community to gather in support of The Well Community’s critical programs serving adults in our area who live with severe mental illness.

This year, Starry Night is responding to the ongoing health crisis by putting a new spin on our favorite annual event: We’re going virtual!

You’re invited to Starry Night: Home for the Holidays on Saturday, December 5 from 7-8pm Central Time!  There is no charge, but we do need you to RSVP. A few days before we’ll send you a link to the online event.

Now, this year has been challenging for individuals and organizations alike, and The Well Community is no exception. They have adjusted their programs to the ongoing pandemic even as the need of their community increases. Through offering nutritious meals, essential hygiene items and remote case support, the work continues—even from six feet apart. While serving as Co-Chairs of the Host Committee, we’ve been lucky enough to witness the deep commitment so many have to The Well Community’s work.

Our online party will be the best “at home” party of the season! In addition to a prerecorded production featuring a few familiar faces around the neighborhood (including our families!), this event will allow us to give The Well Community critical support when they need it the most.

So, please RSVP now and we’ll see you online December 5 at 7 p.m. for Starry Night: Home for the Holidays.

P.S. Can’t make it? Why not make a donation now?  Also, we’d love for you to become a sponsor. Click here to get the scoop.

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

A Well World: Look for the Helpers

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” – Fred Rogers

You have probably seen this quote often in the last month or so. I have seen it too, but not just on social media. I have seen it alive, up close and in person at The Well Community. Continue reading

Extraordinary Times

Much of what we are facing in this season of isolation, fear of scarcity and compromised health are daily struggles for members of The Well Community. As those whose lives are marked by severe and chronic mental illnesses, they have even greater challenges in avoiding and combating COVID-19. Continue reading

A Well World: Continuing the Conversation

Just a few short years ago, it would have been hard to imagine that famous figures ranging from musicians to athletes would be openly sharing how they’ve wrestled with mental illness. We’ve made great progress as a society in increasing awareness of mental health conditions and tearing down the stigma that often surrounds them.

Yet, this stigma still overshadows the suffering of the one in five Americans who live with mental illnesses. Continuing to dispel misconceptions and negative attitudes requires keeping the conversation going, and I’m grateful for the many celebrities and everyday folks alike who are leading the charge. Continue reading

Talking About Stigma With Michelle Staubach Grimes

Last year on World Mental Health Day, when Michelle Staubach Grimes, daughter of Dallas Cowboys legend Roger Staubach and author of two popular children’s books, saw several people speaking out online about the difficulty of dealing with mental illness, she decided to do the same. It was an easy decision, she says, because she had little to lose, and she wanted to help normalize mental illness for the sake of those who are often stigmatized for it. While Michelle has struggled with mental health challenges since childhood—particularly acute anxiety and depression—until then she’d kept her struggles private. 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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A Well World: The Great Escape

 

It’s a rite of spring for our members: our overnight retreat to Mt. Lebanon Camp. They look forward to it each year like you and I do when we count down days for vacation or holiday breaks. You and I know what having a “time away” means for our outlook, our attitude, our physical energy. And if we are honest, we can admit that being able to regularly retreat into nature is foundational to our mental health. That’s also true for members of The Well Community—but perhaps even more so. Continue reading