The Two-Way Street

Pastor McDougal, center, with Well Member on left and Jeff Lane, Well Board Member on right.

When you think of a nonprofit organization or ministry outreach, usually the first thing that comes to mind is the help provided to the people who receive services. We also consider how volunteers impact the lives of those who benefit from the activities. We want to know how donor dollars make a difference for those in need. But what if we turn that around and ask, “How is the community influenced by the those who receive services? How does the work of the nonprofit make its neighbors better people?”

We took that approach recently when talking with Dr. Brent McDougal, senior pastor of Cliff Temple Baptist Church, where The Well Community has housed its Community Life Center for 17 years. We wanted to know, “How has The Well Community helped to make Cliff Temple the kind of church it is today?” Continue reading

Celebrating Five Years: An Interview with Alice Zaccarello

Five years ago the Board of Directors of The Well Community made one of the most important—and best—decisions it has made for our organization. After a careful search we brought on Alice Zaccarello as our Executive Director. During her tenure we have seen awareness of The Well widen and the circle of community support deepen. Her compassion for our members and her leadership of our programs reflects her good heart and her wise ways. We wanted you to get to know more about Alice’s perspective on her role, her job, her ministry. The following is a brief interview with Alice. I hope you’ll enjoy these glimpses into her thoughts, and, when you have the opportunity, join me in thanking her for ongoing service to The Well. – Wes Keyes, Chairman of the Board of Directors Continue reading

A Well World: Sustaining Service

In my career serving with nonprofits, I have found that one of the most critical elements for success, yet one of the most challenging to lay hold of, is a cadre of volunteers who are both faithful and proactive. At The Well Community we are fortunate to have a host of such people who work alongside us to bring about good for Well Members.

The Well Auxiliary started just a few years ago but has already made a huge difference. Made up of about 50 individuals, the group regularly serves meals, sponsors events and provides support for the activities of The Well. Continue reading

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.

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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.

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