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Schuhmann Center Salutes Wellspring Participant for 16 Years of Continuous Service

on Fri, 06/07/2013 - 10:13

“People like Keith are the heart and soul of the Schuhmann Center,” says Center Director, Jim Nix.  “We are extremely blessed to have him here each and every week.”

Wellspring participant Keith Holt started volunteering at the Schuhmann Center - which provides food, clothing, and social service referrals to the homeless and needy - soon after it opened its doors on E. Gray Street in 1997.  Over the years, he’s helped in nearly every capacity in which a volunteer can serve.

Kathy Dobbins Receives Kent School of Social Work Practicum Supervisor Lifetime Service Award

on Thu, 06/06/2013 - 14:57

Kathy Dobbins


Executive Director

Martha A. Fuller

Director of Field Education

Kent School of Social Work

The Practicum Supervisor Lifetime Service Award is given to social workers who have served as educational mentors of University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work students in practicum for 25 or more years. It is acknowledgement of the tremendous contribution made by practicum supervisors to the professional development of emerging social workers.

Kathy has supervised graduate level social work students from the Kent School of Social Work for more than 26 years!  She has even

First Annual Kentucky Gives Day A Win for Kentucky Philanthropy!

on Thu, 06/06/2013 - 14:41

In one word - WOW!  On April 24th - the very day after our 15th Annual Derby Preview Party, we participated in the first-ever Kentucky Gives Day – and managed to come in as one of the top 20 participating large nonprofits in the state!  Many thanks to our generous supporters who helped us raise $2,255 – all of which will be matched dollar-for-dollar -for a total of $4,510!


“Wellspring and our many other partners joined with our sponsors and donors and pulled out all the stops: giving dollars, time, energy, and support that made this historic day possible,” says Danielle Clore, Executive

Wellspring Welcome Baskets

on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 16:21
Our programs provide encouragement and assistance to individuals in their mental health recovery while enabling them to live independently. It is our hope that by coupling consumers’ individual strengths with our supportive services, they will be able to find mental health recovery and live lives full of purpose and meaning.
Wellspring presents each new resident with a welcome basket full of various household supplies for their new home.
Please consider making a donation today!  Fill a laundry basket with as many of these items as you can!

Kitchen Supplies:

  • Resealable Bags
  • Kitchen

Wellspring Tonini Apartments Named one of Preservation Louisville's Top 10!

on Wed, 05/15/2013 - 16:23

Wellspring Tonini Apartments has been named one of Preservation Louisville's Top 10 Preservation Successes!  This recognition acknowledges preservation projects that have "successfully rehabilitated and returned a building to productive use."  The Top 10 Preservation Successes and Top 10 Most Endangered Historic Places lists were announced during a press conference at The Big Four Bridge, which was also named one of the Top 10 Successes this year.

The former Tonini buildings are part of an historic block dating back to the 1850’s.  The Encyclopedia of Louisville states that “Tonini

Wellspring Logo wins Design Award!

on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 12:03


Michael Osborne Design, Inc. & Joey’s Corner Receive 9 Awards in the Northern California/Northern Nevada Print/Design Competition.

San Francisco, CA – 5/2/13 – Michael Osborne Design, Inc. & Joey’s Corner of San Francisco, CA received five Gold, two Silver, and two Bronze metals for outstanding achievement in the annual 2013 Showcase of Print/Design Excellence Awards.  The Showcase of Print/Design Excellence is a print & design competition covering Northern California and Northern Nevada, hosted by Visual Media Alliance in San Francisco.

Competing against nearly 200 entries from

Reader Letter: Help Wipe Out the Stigma of Mental Illness

on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 10:57

Printed in The Courier-Journal on April 29, 2013
Written by Sheila Schuster, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Kentucky Mental Health Coalition
Signed by Wellspring  and 35 other mental health organizations.

LOUISVILLE 40207 — Mental illness has been in the media and on the lips of more Americans in the past four months than at any other time in our history. Unfortunately, shootings like those in Newtown have focused attention on violence and mental illness and stirred up the stigma that comes when people are misinformed and fearful.

Along with the demand for gun control has come a spate of

Clients Practice Tai Chi at the DJB

on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 10:13

Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art, has been shown to decrease stress, anxiety, and depression and increase self-esteem in medically fragile practitioners.  Jeff Randall, a Clinician at Wellspring’s David J.  Block CSU, wanted to see CSU clients have an opportunity to try Tai Chi, and to document the results of participation. Thanks to a grant supported by the Community Foundation of Louisville, Jeff was able to make that idea a reality. 
For six weeks, visitors at the David J.

Welcoming Our Newest Board Member

on Mon, 04/01/2013 - 09:49


Meet Dr. Rif S. El-Mallakh

Dr. Rif S. El-Mallakh, Professor and Director of the Mood Disorders Research Program at the U of L School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, has joined the Wellspring Board of Directors. 
For the last 20 years Rif has focused his research on the pathophysiology of bipolar illness.  He has published over 190 peer reviewed papers, has been funded by NARSAD, NIMH, and the pharmaceutical industry, has served as reviewer for both NIMH and the Canadian Research Council, as well as reviewer for several 
psychiatric publications and

Wellspring Tonini Apartments to Open Soon!

on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 10:39


An historic landmark, the 1890s era Tonini Church Supply building on Shelby Street stood vacant for many years.  With its brick exterior crumbling, and the inside deteriorating, the Phoenix Hill Neighborhood 
Association feared the structure would have to be torn down. 
“But life is being restored to this old building, and it will soon play a vital role in the community again by providing twelve new attractive, affordable apartments for  members of our community who live with mental illness and have meager incomes,” explains Wellspring Executive Director, Kathy Dobbins.