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February 2012

Wellspring Welcomes Dr. Matt Davis, Medical Director for the Crisis Stabilization Units Dr. Matt Davis credits the time he spent at a day shelter for the homeless in Albuquerque, New Mexico for starting him on the path that ultimately led him to Wellspring’s Crisis Stabilization programs .

“That experience was formative.” Dr. Davis shares. “In working with the homeless, especially those with the added challenge of mental illness, I could see the full range of needs they had, and how so many fell between the cracks.”

address all levels of need more quickly.” He sees the same sense of mission at Wellspring. “The staff here all share that determination to overcome whatever barriers exist in order to really help folks, wherever they are.” Dr. Davis’ father and his family were from the Louisville area, so he grew up hearing stories of life in the Bluegrass. Through the occasional trips to visit family, he fell in love with the area.

Between Albuquerque and Louisville, years of other experiences prepared him even more fully for his current role at Wellspring.

When his military time was done, Matt took a post at Louisville’s VA Hospital and later joined the staff of a local hospital. But he soon recognized that he missed Following a family tradition of military service, Dr. mission-centered work, and at the urging of Dr. Scott Davis spent nine years in the military. On September Hedges, Senior Vice President of Medical Services at 11, 2001 he was working at the Naval Hospital in San Seven Counties Services, he joined Seven Counties, Diego. The fall-out from that disaster led him to accepting the role of Medical Director for Wellspring’s request an assignment as a Flight Surgeon in Iraq. two Crisis Stabilization Units. “Dr. Hedges is a vigorous supporter of the CSUs, and is a great physician “I had to follow the Marine ethic that says “I have never seen the level of patient advocacy leader,” says Dr. Davis. “He applauds the ‘go where the work is!’ That put me closer to and honesty in patient care that the CSUs comprehensive approach to client care and the site of injury – with the goal of better provide matched anywhere else.” continued on p. 2 outcomes for the patients because I could

Mayor Fischer’s “Give A Day” Week of Service: April 15 -22, 2012 Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has announced his “Give A Day” Week of Service, to take place April 15th through April 22nd, helping kick off the 2012 Kentucky Derby Festival. This volunteer extravaganza is one facet of Mayor Fischer’s commitment to make Louisville a more caring city and to gain international recognition for its compassion. He recently signed a resolution adopting the international “Charter for Compassion,” thereby making Louisville the largest American city to take this action. “Being a compassionate city is both the right thing and the necessary thing to do to ensure that we take care of all of our citizens,” Fischer said. “There’s a role for all of us in making sure no one is left behind or goes wanting.” Mayor Fischer encourages everyone in the community to spend a day volunteering for nonprofit organizations in need of help. “We want Louisville to be known as the most caring city, where neighbors help neighbors and people look after each other,” Fischer said. “We want as many people as possible in all areas of our city to get involved in Give A Day.” The Mayor’s Office organized a week of service last October to help “get the volunteer energy flowing” for the upcoming April event. Several volunteers participated by landscaping at our Crescent Court residence and helping run the Wellspring Wallopalooza Golf Marathon. Wellspring is energized to be one of Mayor Fischer’s Give A Day nonprofit agencies. To sign up for a volunteer project at Wellspring, visit and click the button next to “volunteer for an existing project.” You can also call Laura Albovias at (502) 753-1456 for more details on Mayor Fischer’s fall Give A Day volunteers helped volunteering for Wellspring. oversee the contest holes at Wellspring Wallopalooza.

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Give A Day to Wellspring  Yard work & gardening  Painting  Cleaning and repair work More opportunities at Sign up today! Visit or call Laura at (502) 753-1456.

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their commitment to meeting the needs of the clients.”

Are you interested in helping Wellspring plan our annual Derby Preview Party? We would love to have you join in the fun! The Committee will meet every two weeks leading up to the event on April 24th. We need help soliciting auction items, planning the logistics of the event, acquiring sponsorships, and brainstorming ideas to make this year’s event the best yet. For more information or to join our team, contact Nancy Doctor, Director of Development, at (502) 753-1453 or by email at

Want to Know More? T a k e a T o ur o f We l ls p r i n g ’s P r o g r a m s a n d N e w A d m i n is t r a t iv e C e nt e r To learn more about how Wellspring impacts the lives of our clients and our community, join us for a brief tour of Wellspring program sites. We select different programs each month, so call or email today to register for one that most interests you—and you’ll see what a difference Wellspring can make! Wednesday, March 21 4:00 PM Tuesday, April 10 2:00 PM Friday, May 11 Noon Wednesday, June 20 4:00 PM Contact Nancy Doctor at or by phone at (502) 753-1453 to sign up for a tour today!

Wellspring’s Wish List As you’re looking forward to spring cleaning, keep our programs in mind! The following is a wish list dreamed up by our devoted program staff members. By donating any of these items, you will be improving the lives of our residents and the staff who support them along their journey to recovery. Rx: Housing Apartments (This program provides stable housing to the most vulnerable members of Louisville’s homeless population. Wellspring is working with those who have a mental illness diagnosis.)

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Microwaves, crock pots, and coffee makers Bedding Bath and kitchen towels Shower curtains and rings Pots, pans, baking dishes, mixing bowls, and food storage containers Dishes, glassware, silverware, and cooking utensils Garbage cans and garbage bags Mops, brooms, and cleaning solutions Household supplies such as dish soap, paper towels, toilet paper, tooth brushes, shaving cream, etc.

Dr. Hedges has an equal amount of respect for Dr. Davis. "Seven Counties Services is delighted to have on our medical team such an outstanding physician as Dr. Davis,” Dr. Hedges remarked. “His experience in the military plus his personal traits makes for a very compassionate and caring provider. He is the perfect fit for the mission and vision of the Wellspring CSUs. I believe that he will provide a strong medical anchor to an already exceptional service array in our Louisville area." Mike Markham, Clinical Supervisor at the Gaines CSU, balances that by saying, “We are very appreciative that Seven Counties Services makes it a priority to provide coverage to the CSUs. We are thrilled that Dr. Davis’ experience, mission and passion match Wellspring’s so closely. Having him here full-time has already enhanced our services.” Carol Miles, Clinical Supervisor at the David J. Block CSU, echoes this sentiment. “Dr. Davis has been a welcomed addition to the CSU team, providing a thorough, sensitive, and flexible approach to the complex need of our clients.” Dr. Davis cites what he calls “a genuine team approach” to being what really “makes it work” at the CSUs. “So much of the success comes from the team approach to meet the full needs of the client and the interaction that occurs here. And I love the flexibility that allows me to give the clients what they need, at the time they need it most.” Dr. Davis adds, “I have never seen the level of patient advocacy and honesty in patient care that the CSUs provide matched anywhere else.” Since he has been in this role for only a couple of months, Dr. Davis is still learning about the whole of Wellspring. But one thing is clear, Dr. Davis says. “I need to know what I do makes a difference; that’s where my satisfaction lies. And I know I’m needed here.”

Frank M. Gaines CSU  New underwear, socks, hygiene items, and small bottles of hand lotion  Earbud headphones  Personal CD players / portable stereo  Sound machine (that plays ocean sounds, nature sounds, etc.)  Self-help books/workbooks, calendars, puzzle books, steno pads, and journals.  Mental health/inspirational books or DVDs  Outdoor grill (large enough to cook for 8 14 people)  Locking upright storage cabinet for art supplies  Small bookshelf or side table  Art supplies in good condition such as: coloring books for adults, plastic crochet/ knitting needles, acrylic paints, rolls of butcher paper, beads, beading supplies, paint by number sets, and old magazines  Computer  Desktop printer (for Psychiatrist’s office) Journey House  Wii, X-Box, or Play Station game system  Portable stereo  Karaoke machine  Ceiling fan for staff office  Uplights for staff office walls  Two “leather” ottomans


Ardery House  Table and floor lamps for common areas  Large area rugs for bedrooms (the bigger, the better!)  Organizational shelving for basements and closets  Computer monitor (carriage house office)  Small bulletin boards or dry erase boards for residents’ rooms  Outdoor grill  Dining room tables (preferably two large rectangular matching tables with leaves for expansion)  Matching dining room chairs  15 alarm clock radios  Bath towels, hand towels, and wash cloths  Twin size bed linens  Dishes, mugs, glasses, and silverware David J. Block CSU  Men’s and women’s clothing (size L and above)  Underwear, socks, and sweat suits  Wii video game system  New, formal, upholstered chairs for visiting room (or a gift certificate to a furniture store)  Tabletop copier for main office To make a donation, contact Melissa Kratzer at (502) 753-1457 today!

Touch the Life of one of our Residents— Donate to David’s Fund Today!

The Humana Foundation grants Wellspring $25,000 for Crisis Stabilization Centers

The majority of Wellspring’s residents have very limited incomes, and many have no income at all. While most qualify for some kind of disability benefit, it can be months before those benefits can take effect. David’s Fund was established to help make our resident’s lives just a little bit easier.

It is Wellspring’s honor to announce that The Humana Foundation has chosen Wellspring as the recipient of a $25,000 grant, to be used toward expenses at our two Crisis Stabilization Units (CSUs). Wellspring’s CSUs, the Frank M. Gaines Center and the David J. Block Center, offer the most intensive level of support provided by the agency. They provide an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization and serve around 500 individuals each year.

Our residents can apply for grants or loans from David’s Fund to help meet their basic needs. Even having access to $10 or $15 a week can make all the difference in the life of someone at Wellspring. It might cover the cost of bus fare, personal care items, or health-related items such as eyeglasses and prescriptions.

“We are proud of the fact that Wellspring is one of the few remaining mental health agencies that serves people regardless of their payor source,” said Kathy Dobbins, Wellspring’s Executive Director. “Last calendar year, more than fifty percent of those we served through our CSUs were uninsured.”

You can give a Wellspring resident the peace of mind to be able to focus on his or her recovery instead of empty pockets. If you enjoy giving directly to clients, this is your opportunity! Cut out and complete the form below and mail it in with your donation to touch the life of one of our residents today!

The Humana Foundation grant will help cover this gap between expenses and health insurance reimbursements, and ensure that we are able to continue providing these high quality services to those in need, regardless of their insurance status.

I want to support David’s Fund—enclosed is my gift! (Please make checks payable to Wellspring and note that the gift is for David’s Fund. To make a donation by credit card, call Melissa Kratzer at 502-753-1457.) This gift is: In Memory Of: ___________________(name of deceased)

“We realize that these are challenging times. Nonprofits are experiencing greater demand for their services, while often functioning with more limited economic resources,” said Virginia Kelly Judd, Executive Director for The Humana Foundation. “Therefore, we are delighted to join others in supporting Wellspring and their mission to provide recovery opportunities for adults with mental illness.”

In Honor Of: _____________________(name of honoree) To Celebrate: ____________________________________ _________________________(birthday, anniversary, etc.)

Wellspring extends our deepest thanks to The Humana Foundation for continuing to be a strong and valued partner.

Please acknowledge my gift to: ______________________ Address: ________________________________________ City, State, Zip: ___________________________________ Mail this form along with your check to: Wellspring | PO Box 1927 | Louisville, KY 40201-1927

Virginia Kelly Judd, Executive Director of The Humana Foundation

A Celebration of the Life of Cornelia Atherton Serpell

Lenny Lyles (1936—2011 ) We at Wellspring extend our condolences to the family of Leonard Everett Lyles, who passed away in November at the age of 75.

March 7, 2012 1:00 PM Second Presbyterian Church 3701 Old Brownsboro Road Louisville, KY 40207

Lenny was a superior athlete, setting records at Central High School and UofL and playing 12 seasons in the NFL. In addition to his prowess on the field, Lenny was a successful businessman and community leader. He helped revitalize the Smoketown neighborhood and played a key role in the development of the West End, especially the Lyles Mall. He was a mentor and role model for minority youths and an exemplary citizen.

All are invited to attend to commemorate the 95th anniversary of her birth. Cornelia was a strong force in improving the lives of those in need, especially those who experience mental illness. Courageous and steadfast in all facets of her life, Cornelia will remain a beacon of light and an inspiration to those who follow the pathways she blazed.

Lenny was a valuable member to Wellspring’s Capital Campaign Committee and a powerful advocate for our mission. His vision and commitment will be missed by the Louisville community.


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

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

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

Officers and Directors Jefferey M. Yussman, Chair Robert P. Bordogna, Vice Chair David W. Miles, Treasurer Cissy Mills, Secretary Meredith Brown Trinity Campisano Paul A. Coomes Dawn Franklin Croft William Friel Gregory A. Mayes Alan K. MacDonald Nancy Neill Margaret Pennington George W. Rapp, Jr. Melissa Routt Jackie Swigart, Ph.D Christina L. Terrell, M.D. Elmore A. “Ack” Willets, III

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

Honorary Lifetime Members Philip P. Ardery, Founding Chair Nancy B. Bell Roberta Fischer Rev. Richard H. Humke Clifford C. Kuhn, M.D. Malcolm R. Mathews, Jr. Bosworth M. Todd, Jr. John I. Trawick

Management Team Katharine R. Dobbins, LCSW Executive Director Robert L. Brodbeck Chief Operating Officer T. Patrick Rhodes, LCSW Director of Programs Nancy L. Doctor Development Director

Save the Date! We hope you will join us for a picture-perfect evening! Guests will enjoy lavish fare and unlimited cocktails while getting expert tips on the best Derby picks. Don’t miss your chance to win fabulous prizes from our live and silent auctions to benefit Wellspring. Tickets are $160 per person. Table sponsorships are available. For sponsorship information or to RSVP, contact Melissa Kratzer at (502) 753-1457 or


Wellspring February 2012 Newsletter  

Welcoming Dr. Matt Davis to the CSUs; Mayor Fischer's Give-a-Day Week of Service; The Humana Foundation Grant, and much more!

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