Our hearts are full of gratitude for all those who helped make our Christmas “Party” very merry this year. Despite not being able to gather, our members were able to receive an abundance of food, health care items, blankets, hats, backpacks and, best of all, love, from so many volunteer groups and individuals! Our great thanks to:
- Body Oak Cliff: They completed purchases from our Christmas Amazon Wish List to make sure every member got each item.
- The Renegade Pigs: They prepared and served our delicious barbecue Christmas meal on Saturday, December 19, and helped fill the backpacks stuffed with essential items for each member. This motorcycle club is a nonprofit organization comprised of active and retired public safety officers.
- Vista Church of Heartland: Volunteers helped to serve our Christmas meal and helped supply Walmart gift cards.
- Northeast Chapter of the Texas Indo-American Physicians Society: Through this chapter, Dr. Anil Tibrewal and Dr. Amit B. Guttigoli, both with Methodist Health System, provided blankets to insure each member can be warm through the winter.
- Women from the Kessler neighborhood came together and ordered a large portion of our Amazon gift list.
- Patti Tallack Caperton, former intern, along with her family, knitted 100 beautiful cozy hats for members.
- Dozens of faithful donors provided Walmart gift cards, essential items on Amazon and other expressions of support.
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
“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
We are all scrambling to serve each other during the COVID-19 health crisis. At The Well Community we have had to suspend our Community Life Center group gatherings and our Thursday Night Life worship service. But we have not stopped serving our members who already have insurmountable challenges as they manage daily life through the lens of mental illness. One of the greatest needs they have at this time is to be as healthy as possible. To that end, we are providing nutritious lunches four days a week (carryout and delivery) and offering hygiene items with every meal. And you can help! Continue reading
Director Alice Zaccarello, Ericka Ruiz and Gemma Cardenas, with UTA interns
Program Coordinator Gemma Cardenas understands the benefits of The Well Community’s internship program firsthand, not only from her role in supervising the students who participate, but from her own time as an intern. “It gave me the opportunity to apply everything that I had learned at school,” she recalls, adding that serving at The Well was vastly different from merely hearing about mental health in a classroom. “I learned so much from being here, so much more than from a textbook. It gave me a lot of confidence as well.” Continue reading
For parents of young children, finding a place to volunteer as a family that’s both feasible and safe can seem daunting. That’s how Brooke Moser, the mother of two daughters, ages 5 and 7, often felt until a friend of hers recommended she and her husband volunteer with their girls at Thursday Night Life, The Well Community’s weekly worship service and dinner. Over a year ago, Brooke and her family showed up to serve, and they haven’t looked back since. Continue reading
Pastor Nita Allen and a member of The Well share a hug
“God created us all in his image, which is love. I think the problem we have in mental and social health is that we don’t believe we are loved or lovable,” says Pastor Nita Allen of Oak Cliff Christian Church. She adds that we often don’t realize that God loves us intimately and wants us to become like him. Those who’ve been abused or neglected—as is the case for many who live with mental illness—often believe that they’re unwanted because that’s the message they’ve received. Continue reading
For those who live with serious mental health conditions, stigma is constant companion. It follows them like a shadow they can’t escape, defining them by their illnesses in the minds of others and coloring the way they are seen in their communities with misconceptions. It causes them to be avoided or ignored at best, and often leads to discrimination and mistreatment. Continue reading
Kate Thacker shares the benefits of serving with her family at The Well
Every few months two small pairs of hands are among those that serve dinner to members of The Well Community. They belong to Kate and Don Thacker’s children, ages 5 and 7. For the past two years, ever since another family invited Kate to join them in volunteering at The Well, the Thacker crew has regularly set aside Thursday evenings to provide a meal for members. Don’s band has played occasionally during the worship time at Thursday Night Life, and the kids have even joined him on stage. “We love it,” Kate says. Continue reading
Volunteers are vital to the work of The Well! In 2018, over 200 volunteers gave countless hours of their time to serve, and without their help The Well Community wouldn’t be able to continue to provide a place to belong for those in the Dallas area who live with life-altering mental illnesses. Our volunteers make The Well a supportive community for our members not only through their tangible, measurable assistance—which they offer so generously—but through their compassion and friendship. Continue reading