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Kentucky Colonels Fund New Bedroom Furniture for Ardery House

on Fri, 09/11/2015 - 10:15

Kentucky Colonels from all over the world are partnering with Wellspring to improve the lives of those living in this community.

On September 9th, 2015, Wellspring received a grant from the Honorable Order of Kentucky during a ceremony at the Kentucky Derby Museum. That grant, in the amount of $5,584.00 will be used to purchase five dressers for the Ardery House program.

These new dressers will match previously purchased bed frames and night stands, also funded by the Kentucky Colonels.

James Graham Brown Foundation funds EHR

on Tue, 09/01/2015 - 09:56

When the news came in that the James Graham Brown Foundation had awarded a grant to Wellspring, the office lit up with shouts of excitement. “We’ve been working toward procuring an Electronic Health Record system and an overall upgrade of our computer system for the last two years,” says Wellspring CEO Kathy Dobbins. “Now, thanks to the James Graham Brown Foundation, we’re going to be able to move from paper charts to a fully integrated electronic records system.

Cutia Brown Receives Recognition from Kent School

on Thu, 05/28/2015 - 13:34

Wellspring is proud to have Cutia Brown on staff. The Kent School recently recognized Cutia as the Outstanding Practicum Supervisor. Below are statements taken from her nomination:

Cutia Brown is the type of supervisor that a faculty member looks forward to working with as she is a model of professional social work clinical and administrator. She is a quiet and true leader, student focused, powerfully supportive, a wonderful influence on students providing structure and rigorous learning, and also has the courage to be a gatekeeper for the profession. Ms.

Wellspring "Slam Dunked" it and raised $2,547!

on Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:13

Here in Kentucky, we know a thing or two about basketball. But this year, the Brackets for Good Challenge has taken basketball into a whole new realm. Sponsored by Bingham Greenebaum Doll, Brackets for Good is a competition that pits nonprofits against one another using the basketball brackets format, and is aimed at increasing fundraising via social media. Wellspring was thrilled to be one of 64 teams to earn a first-round bracket. It was a lively battle as the 64 teams worked feverishly collecting the most on-line gifts before the 7:59 pm buzzer hit on March 6th.

Wellspring provides critical housing with help from MHC

on Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:47

MHC's loan pool for nonprofit affordable housing developers is another way MHC acts on our mission to unite public and private resources to provide more housing opportunities for more people in the communities of metro Louisville and southern Indiana. This year, we'll be profiling some of the housing created with funds from the pool and the lives changed as a result.


Lee writes poems about seeking peace and tranquility.


"It takes a great deal of time and effort to manufacture a life that was so upside down," he said, sitting at his writing desk, beside the large living room window of

Margaret Pennington named Volunteer of the Year

on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:49

At Wellspring we are so very fortunate to have amazing volunteers who give their time often and generously. They assist us to carry out our mission every day and we simply could not achieve half of what we do without their unwaivering support. Each year we honor one volunteer who has gone above and beyond.

Volunteer of the Year - Margaret Pennington

Margaret Pennington has been a dedicated Wellspring board member for a decade. She served as Chair during several key developments; the opening of the second Crisis Stabilization Unit, the David J.

Wellspring Celebrates Accreditation - Courier-Journal Editorial

on Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:37

Wellspring celebrates accreditation

An editorial published in The Courier-Journal on July 6, 2014

Kathy Dobbins Wellspring
Wellspring has been providing supportive housing and crisis services for adults experiencing mental illness or psychiatric crises in our community for more than three decades. It is with a great deal of pride that we share the news that last week we were awarded accreditation for our Crisis Stabilization Units through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. 

Wellspring’s board and leadership staff identified accreditation as key goal in our 2011-2014 strategic planning

Rx: Housing battles homelessness in Louisville

on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 18:12

Wellspring is proud to be one of the partners in Louisville's Rx: Housing program.  The following article appeared on the front page of The Courier-Journal on April 7, 2014.


Matt Frassica, The Courier-Journal; 7:10 p.m. EDT April 6, 2014
Photo: Jessica Ebelhar/The Courier-Journal

Brian Scarsbrook had been homeless for more than a year, battling drug addiction and haunted by memories of childhood neglect and abuse.

“Anything that I tried to do, I always ended up self-destructing and going back to the drugs,” Scarsbrook said.

In Tribute to our Friend & Founder, Malcolm R. “Mack” Mathews, Jr.

on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 15:24

We sadly acknowledge the death of our dear friend Mack Mathews, who passed away on November 26, 2013.   Wellspring has received many gifts in tribute to Mack which will further our housing and supportive services in our community.

In 1982, Mack Mathews, Phil Ardery, Bos Todd, and Steve Perkins began talking about the need for decent housing for adults in our community who were struggling with mental illness. Affordable housing was scarce – and community-based supportive serviceswere virtually non-existent at that time. 

Mack and our other founders saw the unnecessary hospitalizations, the

Journey Supportive Housing off to a Strong Start

on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:12

In December of 1998, Wellspring opened Journey House to better address the needs of Louisville’s dually-diagnosed women whose illnesses led to a downward spiral of homelessness and loss, often including a cycle of revolving-door hospitalizations, incarcerations, and abuse. Since then, Journey House has been home to more than 180 homeless women.

“I remember the very first graduate I had here,” says Cutia Brown, who has been the Clinical Supervisor at Journey House since 2006. “She moved out on her own and she still calls every now and then to let us know she’s doing alright living