Celebrating Five Years: An Interview with Alice Zaccarello

Five years ago the Board of Directors of The Well Community made one of the most important—and best—decisions it has made for our organization. After a careful search we brought on Alice Zaccarello as our Executive Director. During her tenure we have seen awareness of The Well widen and the circle of community support deepen. Her compassion for our members and her leadership of our programs reflects her good heart and her wise ways. We wanted you to get to know more about Alice’s perspective on her role, her job, her ministry. The following is a brief interview with Alice. I hope you’ll enjoy these glimpses into her thoughts, and, when you have the opportunity, join me in thanking her for ongoing service to The Well. – Wes Keyes, Chairman of the Board of Directors Continue reading

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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The Well Auxiliary: Come Serve With US

The Well Auxiliary was formed in late 2016 in response to the desire of many volunteers to develop additional avenues to serve The Well Community and to find new ways to help members prosper. The Well is a nonprofit organization that depends on donations, grants and volunteers to help those who struggle with mental illness in Oak Cliff.  To learn more about this exciting new initiative, The Well interviewed Vickie Fisk, President of The Well Auxiliary. Continue reading

Shoes Raise Suicide Prevention Awareness

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Well Members receive shoes. L-R Carl, James, Alice Zaccarello (Executive Director of The Well), Dave Hogan (Director of the Crisis Intervention Unit with the Dallas Police Department), Fred (The Well’s van driver), James

On Thursday, September 15, The Well Community was honored to receive hundreds of pairs of gently used shoes from the Greater Dallas Suicide Prevention Coalition. Each pair represented a life lost to suicide in Dallas last year. Community leaders gathered to highlight issues related to depression and other factors that can lead to suicide. The event was held at Dallas City Hall where Eric Nadel, the lead voice of the Texas Rangers radio broadcasts, was the keynote speaker. Afterward, the shoes were sent with members to The Well Community Life Center and will be distributed at Thursday Night Life services over the next few months.

According to Alice Zaccarello, Executive Director of The Well, the shoes will enhance the lives of their members. “Good, sturdy shoes are so important when your main mode of transportation is walking,” she said. Most of The Well’s members are not able to buy the quality or design of the shoes provided by the Greater Dallas Suicide Prevention Coalition.

Mental illness is the number one risk factor for suicide. Approximately 90% of those who die by suicide experienced a mental illness condition at the time of their death. In many cases, these mental illnesses are undiagnosed or untreated. But engaging in a treatment plan greatly reduces an individual’s risk. The Well Community helps members access treatment to manage their conditions. It also provides a place to belong for those who deal with mental illnesses, helping mitigate the isolation and loneliness that can contribute to suicide.

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