Wellspring Family Services Programs
Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Services
Wellspring offers emergency shelter, housing placement services, crisis intervention, case management and advocacy, specialized childcare for homeless children, tangible items for homeless infants and young children, and ongoing support to prevent eviction and promote self-sufficiency.
Early Learning Services
The Wellspring Early Learning Center provides comprehensive services to homeless children ages 1-5 to mitigate the effects of trauma and chronic stress by promoting social and emotional development skills. Learning activities help children increase self-help skills, improve communication with adults and other children, and feel safe and secure. In-classroom, reflective practice therapy is provided for children with severe emotional and behavioral difficulties. Our Early Learning services also include transportation, on-site physical and behavioral health care, parent education and nutritious meals and snacks.
Community Violence Prevention Services
State-certified domestic violence batterer's treatment and specialized parenting education for families with domestic violence issues
Mental Health Services
Individual and family counseling, employee assistance, multi-cultural counseling, child guidance, grief counseling, infant mental health (parent/child bonding) and postpartum depression counseling and support.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2009, we completed a $19M capital campaign to build a new support center, where we have been able to expand our services to young children and co-locate our services for vulnerable families. In 2008, we were chosen by the Children's Psychological Health Center to the be the NW representative for the Cornerstone Program of Reflective Network Therapy. Throughout the last decade, our DV program has developed a "DV Dads" program to help men understand the impact of their violence on children.
Wellspring's aim is to prevent families from falling into homelessness. Eviction prevention is a critical piece that helps alleviate a family's short-term housing crisis while helping to resolve the long-term issues affecting their housing stability. To this end, we provide financial assistance to a family, paired with longer-term case management to help them create a stabilization plan. During the recession, we are receiving five times the number of calls, which has overwhelmed the system.