Opportunities for Impact in a Pandemic

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

Cultivating Community

Helping in the Garden

Well Community member Mary lends a hand at the Learning Garden. Photo courtesy of Better Block.

Every Wednesday morning, a bus pulls up in front of Better Block’s Learning Garden in Oak Cliff and a group of volunteers climb out. They are members of The Well Community who go weekly to work in the garden: pulling weeds, watering flowers, making compost and more. It’s a small commitment with a big impact on The Well members who live with mental illnesses and, because of stigma, have limited opportunities to be a part of the larger community. Continue reading