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Wellspring Administrative Center 225 W. Breckinridge Street Telephone: (502) 637-4361 Fax: (502) 637-4490

www.wellspringky.org Officers and Directors

Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Louisville, KY Permit No. 1105

P.O. Box 1927 Louisville, KY 40201-1927

Paul A. Coomes, Chair Dawn Franklin Croft, Vice Chair Phillip J. Keller, Treasurer Meredith Brown, Secretary Robert P. Bordogna Trinity Campisano Rif S. El-Mallakh, MD Rich Freeman William Friel Alan MacDonald Cissy Mills Nancy Neill George W. Rapp, Jr. Jack Trawick Jefferey M. Yussman

www.wellspringky.org

KY’s first CSU named in honor of Wellspring’s first client

Wellspring’s Mission:

To promote the recovery of persons with mental illness through leadership in the development of quality housing and rehabilitation services.

Founding Board Chair

wellspringky.org/ givingtuesday

Philip P. Ardery (1914 - 2012)

Management Team

Katharine R. Dobbins, LCSW Chief Executive Officer kathy.dobbins@wellspringky.org Robert L. Brodbeck Chief Operating Officer bob.brodbeck@wellspringky.org T. Patrick Rhodes, LCSW Director of Programs patrick.rhodes@wellspringky.org Nancy L. Doctor Development Director nancy.doctor@wellspringky.org

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DECEMBER 2014

Celebrating the samuel B. Todd Center - CSU

Honorary Lifetime Members

Nancy B. Bell Barry Bingham, Sr. (1906 - 1988) Roberta Fischer Rev. Richard H. Humke Clifford C. Kuhn, M.D. Malcolm R. Mathews, Jr. (1922 - 2013) Cornelia A. Serpell (1917 - 2011) Jackie Swigart, Ph.D. Bosworth M. Todd, Jr.

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Donate on Giving Tuesday

Dec 2

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a simple idea. You can be a part of this global giving movement and make a difference right here in Louisville. Give to Wellspring on Dec 2, no matter how large or small. And then share your donation with your friends, asking them to join you in this celebration of a new tradition of generosity. www.wellspringky.org

On September 22, Wellspring founders, supporters and staff gathered at Kentucky’s first residential, community-based crisit unit, to celebrate its new naming as the Samuel B. Todd Center - CSU. Sam was Wellspring’s first client, and his father, “Bos” Todd was a founding member of the Wellspring Board of Directors. To honor Sam’s memory, Bos and Sam’s brother Jim shared anecdotes and reflected on Sam’s journey of recovery. The setting also provided an opportunity to celebrate the CARF accreditation of Wellspring’s Crisis Stabilization Programs. The atmosphere was one of congratulations, reflections and celebration. Councilman David Seated: James Todd, “Bos” Todd and Joan Todd Tandy provided greetings and proclamations Standing: David Todd, Kathy Dobbins, Steve Perkins from both Mayor Fisher and the Metro Council. A message from Congressman John Yarmuth was presented by Christa Robinson. Edith Bingham donated a wonderful piece of textile wall art, which now graces the entrance foyer. And Cornelia Yankovich concluded the program with a Ralph Waldo Emerson poem of thanks. In honor of Sam’s love for banana splits, an ice cream truck provided Bob Brodbeck and Jan Massey enoying a ‘Frosty Treats’ Ice Cream guests with a welcome cold treat as the sun was setting over the roofline.

“Soup’s on!” for wellspring’s gipp clients “It’s about seeing brightness in our clients’ eyes and smiles breaking through as they become confident in their ability to live in their own apartments,” offers Karan Vertrees, Manager of the Guardianship Independence Pilot Project, or “GIPP,” as it is often called. An initiative of the KY Department of Aging & Independent Living, GIPP assists individuals with mental illnesses move out of personal care homes into less restrictive environments in the community.

GIPP’s Montoya Ware with a client

The GIPP team is dedicated to helping their clients in every way possible – but an ongoing challenge is assuring they have enough grocery money. “GIPP clients’ budgets are so slim that helping them find ways to stretch a dollar is very important.” Karen adds. So, when a friend who knows the ongoing struggle offered to buy every GIPP client a crockpot and a supply of soup mixes, “We were thrilled, of course!” beams Karan. The donor explains “We simply saw an easy way to make a real difference for some folks that deserve all the breaks they can get.” Responds Karan, “This will be a real help in reducing grocery expenses, encouraging more healthy eating habits, and even reducing utility bills. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best of all!”

supportive housing | affordable housing | crisis stabilization services | housing first

December 2014  

Wellspring quarterly Newsletter, Winter 2014

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