No Matter What

“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones that would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what.” (source unknown)

Angel, Well member

Members of The Well Community know these thoughts to be so very true. And being at “home for the holidays” means many different things to our members. Because of stigma, homelessness and other challenges that often come with mental illnesses, some of our members have learned to develop family units with people who understand and share their lived experiences. Some do live with their family of origin, while others live with siblings or with a spouse. And as described below, some live together as members of The Well. Continue reading

Well World: Love Never Fails

October weather in North Texas is notoriously unpredictable. Some days are carryovers from September’s high 90s. Others are cool, clear and crisp. Then come the rainy days—dreary and dark.

Many members of The Well Community experience moods like October weather—ever-changing and unstable. Mood disorders are among the most common types of mental illnesses and we see them often among our members. Typically the right medications, welcoming friendships, healthy food and consistent sleep can help “reset” a person’s mood. Continue reading

Praying for Families Impacted by Mental Illness

The following is posted with permission from the Sparks of Redemptive Grace website. This prayer guide is available for purchase as a booklet or e-book.

31 days, 31 ways, 2 pray 4 families

By Catherine P. Downing

“Pray for us.” 1 Thessalonians 5:25a ESV

Families who walk alongside their loved ones in the labyrinths of mental illnesses are often hesitant to ask for prayer. They might feel others will judge them or their loved one, offer uninformed advice or initiate the gossip chain. But friends who observe or are aware of their journey don’t necessarily need specific details to pray effectively.

Families ALWAYS need God’s provision for themselves and their loved ones in these areas: Continue reading

Spiritual Problems Require Spiritual Solutions

File photo taken pre-COVID-19

By Joel Pulis, Founder of The Well Community

In the earlier years of The Well Community, I regularly heard stories from my friends about how they had been made to feel unwelcome at various churches. Anne, a preacher’s kid, shared how she would sit outside of Sunday morning services, unable to make herself go in because she was certain that the congregation would never welcome a person struggling with mental illness. Joan told me how she was escorted out of a Sunday school class and told to never return. And Durwin wasn’t even allowed to attend his own family’s place of worship just a few blocks down the street from our building! With each account, my calling to start a spiritual community for adults living with serious and disabling mental illness became more and more justified.  Continue reading

A Well World: A Suicide Prevented

It was early on a Sunday morning and I was just debating whether I had the energy to make it to church after a late-night event when a text came through that jolted me fully awake. It was from one of the men at Jacob’s House, The Well’s City of Dallas licensed boarding home. Stuart* was letting me know he had plans to end his own life.

I immediately tried to call him back, but there was no answer. I called an emergency service, but they were not able to reach him either. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, I quickly headed over to Jacob’s House. Thankfully, after a being awake all night, Stuart had fallen asleep. I left a note for him to call me when he woke up. Then I went to church. Continue reading

Celebrating Compassion

Throw the confetti! Whoop and holler! Clap and stomp! In whatever way you like to celebrate, join us as we jubilantly rejoice in the incredible response for The Well Community on North Texas Giving Day (NTGD)!

We wondered if our goal—$65,000—was a bit of a stretch, but there are so many ways our members are impacted by COVID-19, we saw NTGD as an opportunity to gain resources to address their needs.

As early giving closed the night of September 16, 40 people had already pledged $14,410. Wow! Twenty-four hours later, 88 more had given an additional $53,365!

Our total for NTGD came to $67,775—$2,775 over our goal! Continue reading