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Bold Moves Against Suicide Louisville

on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 15:31

Alarmingly, compared to 50 peer cities, Louisville ranks 8th for highest rate of suicides.  In the first-ever Bold Moves Against Suicide Summit, the Louisville Health Advisory Board and One Love Louisville brought together thought leaders and community partners with goals to: 


•    Champion  “Zero Suicide” as a community   goal

•    Increase community responsibility of eliminating suicides and provide tools and resources to address the issue of suicide  

 •    Launch a community coalition to reduce suicide


Attendance at the November event indicates that the community is interested in

Supported Employment

on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 15:26

Nathaniel’s life has taken a “big upward turn,” since he connected to Wellspring, he says.  “There’s people who really care about me; they help me with shopping and keeping my meds straight, my bills paid, and they found me an apartment I really like!”  Once all the “stuff” of daily living had been worked out, Nate decided he’d like a job. So, he connected with Wellspring Works and they helped Nate identify his skills to figure out what kind of job he’d like. Before long, he had a job at the neighborhood Kroger.  “It’s close enough for me to walk to work, so I really like that,” Nate shares.

Annual Philanthropists of the Year Award & Volunteer of the Year Awards Presented

on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 15:21

Wellspring’s 2017 Philanthropist of the Year, Cissy Mills, was applauded as a long-time board member and officer, an active committee member, and long-time donor before joining the board in 2007.  Cissy has been a true “connector” on Wellspring’s behalf with local government and the area business community. In spite of her term on the board expiring, Cissy remains an active volunteer and generous Wellspring donor.

Ack Willets was named Wellspring’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year. As a Board Member and Annual Derby Preview Party Chairman, Ack’s leadership has advanced Wellspring immeasurably.

Give Local Louisville a Success for Wellspring

on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 09:53

From over 90 agencies in our Give Local Louisville assigned category, Wellspring finished in the top 27! Considering that over 600 agencies participated in the event, we are extraordinarily proud of this achievement. In all, 126 donors contributed to help Wellspring raise $26,690 through Give Local Louisville Day.  Across the community, $4.15M was raised and 21,156 donations were made via the 24-hour event.  “We are blown away by the number of donations that were made on September 15th,” Susan Barry, president and CEO of Community Foundation of Louisville Inc., said in a news release.

We've Arrived! Wellspring Set to Implement EHR System

on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 09:45

“To be competitive in today’s healthcare arena and offer the very best quality care, this is an essential step for us to take,” says Wellspring CEO, Kathy Dobbins. Utilization of the  Electronic Health Record Program (EHR) is set for mid-November. Final design elements and testing of all aspects of the system are underway for a seamless implementation.  “The EHR system brings myriad advantages,” offers Dobbins.

Wellspring Walks With NAMI

on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 09:43

The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Step Forward for Mental Health Walk was held on Saturday, August 13th at the Waterfront Park.  It raised nearly $90,000 for NAMI and Wellspring was a big part of it!  In addition to being an event sponsor we had a team  of nearly 40 people comprised of staff, clients and             supporters and we raised $1,503!!  For the second year in a row, we won the Golden Shoe Award for the top fundraiser for a non-corporate team!  We also had an informational table at the walk.

Grants Awarded

on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 09:41

The William E. Barth Foundation funded the purchase of new furniture for the Broadway Program’s Community Room; this highly-utilized space assures the support clients need to live with stability in their community-based 
apartments.          

A grant from The Paradis Foundation will help repair the historic columns at the front of Wellspring’s Ardery House and replace and refresh the tiles at the home’s main entrance.  This 100+ year-old house is the site of Wellspring’s very first program, which opened in 1982.       

The Emma L.

Concord Program at the KY State Fair

on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 09:38

The women from the Concord Program traveled to the Kentucky State Fair in August to view their artwork and spent time enjoying the Fair!  The Concord Progran participants dedicated months to prepare and submit art to the State Fair.  All Concord clients contributed to the idea, design, presentation and development of the theme: “Along with the sunshine, there’s gonna be a little rain sometimes.” They produced one large canvas and all received individual honorable mention ribbons!

Amity Apartments get Facelift from the Honorable Order of KY Colonels

on Mon, 10/03/2016 - 13:37

Our Amity Apartments are getting a make-over thanks to the Honorable Order of KY Colonels!  This grant will help us replace siding, perform gutter repairs and refresh the outdoor deck!  The KY Colonels' primary objective is to support needy Kentucky charities and worthy Kentucky organizations by raising money from their membership to help these organizations who stand ready to help our citizens share in Kentucky's boundless future.  

On Pins and Needles: Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness - NAMI Convention, Denver, CO July 8, 2016

on Wed, 08/03/2016 - 11:00

Selected Highlights from the Presentation by the National Alliance for Caregiving:

The Big Picture

8.4 million Americans care for an adult with an emotional or mental health issue*  

  • Caregivers have typically provided care for 8.7 years, while caregivers of an adult care for 4 years on average (any condition). 
  • Most care recipients (58%) are between 18-39 years; most caregivers (45%) are parents caring for an adult child, though other relationships can be impacted 
  • The main conditions requiring care are bipolar disorder (25%), schizophrenia (25%), depression (22%), and anxiety (11%)  

*from

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