A Well World: Not Surprised

Last week the Communities Foundation of Texas held North Texas Giving Day. This was our ninth year to participate in this online fundraising event.

This year’s results of $71,335 from 104 donors exceeded our goal and reminded us that we can always count on our partners to be there for us.

To be honest, I was somewhat overwhelmed by the generosity showed by so many. Overwhelmed, but not surprised.

By now I know that so many of our supporters are invested in The Well Community because they care about our friends and neighbors who have really challenging lives because of mental illnesses. Our donors understand the scourge of stigma and bitterness of marginalization. And they know that The Well is, for most of our members, the only community that addresses their human needs for kindness, support and friendship.

One of our members told me just last week how he sure hopes The Well can continue to help him because he just didn’t know what he’d do without us. I pass that sentiment on to you: I just don’t know what The Well would do without those who support us through North Texas Giving Day and other giving opportunities throughout the year.

Another somewhat amazing characteristic of our donors is that some prefer to give anonymously. I so honor their choice to do that; but at the same time, I miss the opportunity to personally thank them. If you are such a friend, please know how much we value your gifts!

Many, many thanks,


An Alignment of Values

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

A Well World: Our Person of the Year

A Well World

A number of years ago, Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” was a mirror. The point was that, in the new age of iPhones and YouTube, the world was becoming more and more individualistic. They observed that we were increasingly able to tailor our inputs to only what we wanted and limit our world to whatever was of interest to us. And so, “I” was the Person of the Year.

If I were choosing The Well Community’s “Person of the Year” for 2017 I would hold up a window, because every time I look around me I see people who are not looking at themselves, but are instead looking outward—into the hearts of others. Continue reading