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

Our First WellSpring Celebration Luncheon: A Great Success!

Our first WellSpring Celebration luncheon was a great success! Thank you to all who joined us and helped us exceed our stretch goal of $33,500. We were blessed to listen in on a fantastic conversation between the Dallas Cowboys legend and Hall of Famer Charles Haley and broadcast journalist Scott Murray, and were honored to present Haley with our new Courage and Advocacy Award. We also delighted in presenting art teacher Ann Tabony with our Founder’s Award. Check out the photos below for highlights of this special time in support of The Well Community.

A big thanks to Mary Katherine McElroy for serving as our photographer!

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A Well World: Charles Haley

There have been only few times when I’ve been completely blown away by someone’s courage and honesty. But I have to say that as I’ve been reading the biographical stories of NFL star Charles Haley, I have been incredibly inspired. The Dallas Cowboy Hall of Famer not only had the grit to become a five-time Super Bowl champ but even more remarkable, he has learned to manage bipolar disorder and become a spokesman, an advocate, a champion for mental health.

It was an incredible privilege to be on the Scott Murray radio show recently when Scott first interviewed Charles and then several of us from The Well Community. We had a great visit together that made me all the more eager to hear Scott and Charles continue the conversation at The Well Auxiliary’s April 4 WellSpring Celebration Luncheon at the Belo Mansion. In addition to hearing more of Charles’ story, we’ll be giving him the new Well Community Courage and Advocacy Award. I sure hope you’ll join us.

Below is a quick clip from the radio show.

Take a listen, then go to wellcommunity.org/wellspring to buy tickets, or to our sponsorship page to help us make the event possible. See you there!

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Christmas Celebration

Our annual Christmas Celebration was a great success, thanks to donors and volunteers. Like all activities and programs at The Well Community, the meaningful worship service and festive holiday party happened because the wider community turned out to help.

Special thanks for the meal to volunteers from Cliff Temple Baptist Church, Kessler Park United Methodist Church, St. Jude’s Church and The Well Auxiliary. Brent McDougal, pastor of Cliff Temple, and members of their choir lead the worship time, along with members of The Well. Our backpacks filled with personal care items came from donors to Body Oak Cliff, and gift cards came through donations to The Well Auxiliary.

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Recovery Live: Oh! What a night!

Our sixth annual Recovery Live! fundraiser was a smashing success. Take a look at the slide show below to see just a quick recap of the fun, which featured music by the Texas Gypsies with Master of Ceremonies, Brett Shipp. Our special thanks to Co-Chairs, Brooke and Jason Moser and to the sponsors, host committee, volunteers and vendors. To check out photo both pix click here.

And if you missed the fun, it’s not too late to add your donation
to support The Well Community!

This great photography is by Mary Katherine McElroy!

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Donated Shoes for Suicide Awareness

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It was a ceremony on the fourth floor of the Old Red Museum in downtown Dallas that no one should have to attend, but perhaps everyone should witness. It was the 10th annual Suicide Prevention Day event hosted by the Greater Dallas Suicide Prevention Coalition. The program is held in honor of those who took their lives in Dallas county and surrounding areas each year. Displayed around the room were 565 pairs of shoes, representing every life lost to suicide in 2017. After the ceremony, all the shoes were donated to The Well Community. This is The Well’s fifth year to accept this generous donation. Continue reading

Community Life: Celebrating Christmas

Members of The Well Community look forward all year long to our Christmas worship service and party. We had a great time this year thanks to an incredible meal provided by Cliff Temple Baptist Church and St. Jude’s and prepared by Norma’s Cafe. Members of Kessler Park United Methodist Church decorated, brought desserts and provided take-home goodie bags. Volunteers from all three churches served up the delicious food and participated in the fun. For our worship service, Dr. Brent McDougal, Senior Pastor at Cliff Temple, gave the Christmas message. Continue reading

Recovery Live: An Evening of Fun to Benefit The Well Community

the-well-promotional_flyer-e1506362503443 - Recovery Live 2017 - CroppedRecovery Live is coming! Join us for our fifth annual benefit concert on Thursday, November 30, at The Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff. It’s an evening full of great music and a fun way to support The Well Community, the only faith-based nonprofit in the Dallas Metroplex exclusively serving those who suffer from mental illnesses. Continue reading

Thursday Night Life Offers Spiritual Nourishment

David Larlee and Ryan Flanigan of All Saints Church Dallas

David Larlee and Ryan Flanigan of All Saints Dallas lead members of The Well Community at a Thursday Night Life service.

Once a week The Well Community doors swing open wide and members eagerly start trickling in for Thursday Night Life. They come from all across Oak Cliff for fellowship, Bible teaching and the opportunity to worship God. Each faces daily challenges with mental health difficulties. Many struggle to find steady employment and housing they can afford. Several are homeless. Most deal with other physical illnesses, too. Living in poverty, which is common among Well members, makes all these challenges incredibly daunting.

But during Thursday Night Life all of those difficulties fall away. Members gather for worship and a sermon, after which volunteers from around the Dallas area serve a healthy dinner and join around the tables for a shared meal.

This is one of several regular gatherings The Well organizes for its members to help address the spiritual aspects of mental health. Not only does it provide a church service where members feel comfortable and welcome, but it also gives an opportunity for members of The Well to interact with groups from the greater Dallas area. Continue reading