An Ambassador for The Well

Margy at the 2018 Well Community Christmas Party

Margy was already a regular volunteer at The Well Community, but she knew she wanted to do more. She first heard about the numerous ways The Well serves those living with serious mental illnesses at church as Vickie Fisk, who would eventually found The Well Auxiliary, regularly shared the need for donations and volunteers. Several times Margy answered the call as she joined others from the church to serve dinner at Thursday Night Life, The Well’s weekly worship service for members. Continue reading

Five Ways The Well Auxiliary Helps Healing Happen

The Well Auxiliary members Becky Hicks and Vickie Fisk with volunteer Jackie Hatton

This month The Well Auxiliary begins its fourth year of serving The Well Community. The Auxiliary was formed in 2016 as a means for volunteers to develop additional avenues to assist The Well Community and to find new ways to help members thrive. For the Auxiliary 2018 was a year filled with service, fundraising, planning and preparing for another year of blessing Well Community members through its efforts.

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A Well World: Acute Awareness

In these closing days of 2018 I have been thinking about the people who call The Well Community their place to belong. And I’ve been thinking about what their year might have been like if we hadn’t been able to offer this safe, welcoming place and these much-needed services to our members.

It’s a sobering reflection, which leads me to two other thoughts:

First, how real it is that without support of individuals, churches, community groups and foundations, The Well would not exist. That would mean the people who belong to the Well—who struggle with severe and persistent mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or major depression—would continue to be overlooked and un-served.

People like…

  • Fred* who might have had no one to call on last month to talk about his plans to end his life (but he had someone to reach out to because our staff were available to him).
  • Sharon who may not have been able each month to keep her psychiatry appointments (but she did because funds were there to help with bus passes).
  • Leslie who would have surely suffered abuse as she spent her days in parks or curbsides (but instead she spent many of her days safely enjoying the activities at The Well).

Without support from people who care, all our members would have likely continued in the tragic path of isolation, bombarded daily by stigma and ridicule.

My second thought was the acute awareness that mental illnesses, though treatable, are not yet curable. But at The Well, our members have the support they need to live stable and productive lives—filled with dignity and hope. As we look ahead to 2019, I am also aware that to keep our doors open, to provide services and offer compassionate care, we’ll still be depending on the generosity of you and others.

And so, as one year ends and another begins, I hope you will consider making a special gift to help us be sure The Well Community continues to be a place to belong.

With thanks, 

Alice

* names are changed

Please click here to give online or mail check, made out to The Well Community, 125 Sunset Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75208.

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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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Basic Blessings

Like many of you, my Thanksgiving Day tradition includes taking some time to count my blessings. So many are obvious: good health, loving family, ample food, a warm home, faithful friends, a great neighborhood, an uplifting church, meaningful work. I suspect most of those items are on your list, too. In fact, for most of us, if we’re not careful to stop and take inventory from time to time, we’re likely to take those good gifts for granted. Continue reading

The Gift of Listening

By Catherine Downing and Elizabeth Downing
posted with permission

As the holiday season goes into full swing, we are aware of what comes with our celebrations: lots of activities, generous dessert tables and endless gatherings. It is, indeed, a time to be surrounded by family and friends. Most of us greet this time of the year with open arms and excitement; we look forward to spending extra time celebrating with those closest to us.

However, as we embrace this time of the year, there are those who see the holidays with a much different outlook. Your loved ones living with mental health conditions may view the holiday season as a gauntlet of triggers and with overall dread. For many, interactions with particular family members or having to be on point in large group settings can create feelings of anxiety and need for isolation. Continue reading

Seven Things Families Can Do to Support a Loved One Living With Mental Illness

Seven Things Families Can Do to Support a Loved One Living With Mental IllnessIt’s hard to overstate the impact that caring family members can have in the lives of individuals dealing with serious mental illnesses. Those living with mental health challenges may engage with their families far more than their mental health care providers, and everyday interactions with parents, children, spouses, siblings and other relatives play a pivotal role in helping them pursue recovery. Below are seven things family caregivers can do to support a loved one in their struggle with mental illness. Continue reading