Highlights from Wellspring’s 3-Year Strategic Plan Programming & Housing • Gain accreditation through CARF (Commission on the Accreditation of Rehab Facilities) • Grow supportive services, programs, housing by 15%–20%
Finance & Infrastructure • Increase days of cash reserves • Strengthen finances • Become an increasingly competitive employer • Open Wellspring’s first centralized headquarters
Resource Development • Increase fundraising revenue • Heighten Wellspring’s visibility in the community
Facilities Management • Augment staffing to adequately maintain our housing • Increase volunteer involvement to help beautify and maintain properties
We have certainly grown over these past three decades! As we have grown, though, so has the need, and the original mission of the agency is as relevant today as it was in 1982. Our founders could never have imagined the growth that we have experienced, but they knew that there was a great need for community-based housing for our fellow citizens with mental illness. In the middle of the 20th century, our regional mental hospital housed more than 2,000 people. Thankfully that census has dramatically decreased. Today being diagnosed with a mental illness doesn’t consign one to live out one’s days in an institution, segregated from society. For the most part, persons with mental illness live in homes and apartments just like the rest of us, and hopefully they have the supports they need to live full and productive lives. However, when those supports are missing or absent, too many fall through the cracks and end up homeless or incarcerated. Wellspring is committed to doing its part to bolster the integration and success of those among us living with these treatable brain disorders. In many ways, this is a time for great optimism. Wellspring is firmly committed to a belief in recovery from mental illness. Science has yet to discover a cure for severe mental illness, but with new innovations in medications and increased availability of supportive services, we witness the power of recovery every day as persons with mental illness rebuild their lives and participate in meaningful ways in our communities. To address the continuing needs, our Board and key staff worked together this past year to develop a new strategic plan that identifies our challenges and growth opportunities, and which serves as a guide for sustaining the agency over the next three years.
Wellspring’s updated strategic plan focuses on all of the key dimensions of our operations from programming, housing development, resource development, strengthening our infrastructure and financial position, and caring for our assets, from staff to facilities. This plan is helping to guide us in our continuing work; we are well on our way to achieving many of our strategic goals, and striving to achieve the rest. The economy, however, is taking a real toll on those with the least, thus having a serious impact on many persons with mental illness who were just getting by even when the economy was strong. Consequently, the demand for our services and housing has grown over the past year. We are doing our best to keep pace with the need but we have an increasing number of people waiting for housing and supportive services. Wellspring has many dedicated and talented staff members, board members, and volunteers, yet we still cannot meet all the needs without your continuing help (for which we have been so grateful over these past thirty years). Without you, Wellspring would never have been able to help and house 6,000 people, nor could we envision a future where all people with mental illness are able to join with us as fully contributing members of society. With your committed help, we can continue to change lives, and in so doing have an increasingly positive impact on our little corner of the world because when our neighbors with mental illness recover, the entire community benefits! As such, we look forward to partnering with you over the next 30 years as we together work to improve the lives of those among us with severe and persistent mental illness!
Executive Director Wellspring Annual Report 2011
Overview of Wellspring's financials and program outcomes - July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.