Mission: Wellspring women's center in the oak park community nurtures the innate goodness and personal self-esteem of women and their children. Our drop-in center provides respite and services based on "hospitality with dignity and love. "
Programs: Women's wellness program - the women's wellness program enhances the well-being of our guests and community through the provision of social work services and by creating opportunities for healing, community development, empowerment, creativity and fun. The program provides case-management, counseling (intensive therapy), activity/support groups, and health screenings/services. This program provided 732 basic information and referral contacts, 1,380 case-management contacts, 870 intensive therapy hours, and 280 activity/support groups. Further, the art of being program debuted in september 2012 as a special component of women's wellness. Art of being provides art workshops and an intensive expressive therapy program. Each of the service components mentioned have the common objective of assisting the guests toward optimal wellness. We are flexible in assessment and planning in order to be inclusive and serve as many guests as possible.
nutrition program - we take a holistic approach to our guests' wellbeing. One area of focus is the meal we serve each morning. We put great emphasis on nutrition making sure we serve hearty portions of fruits, vegetables, salads, and other low fat low sugar items. We work with a nutritionist who assists our guests in planning and preparing meals for their families and working within a budget. Our parenting class has a section of its agenda which also focuses on nutrition. The number of guest that came to the center was 44,454 over a 236 day period, covering this current fiscal year. For many of our guests, our morning meal is the main meal of their day. We also celebrate cultural and national holidays with special meals.
children's corner - our children are also a main concern and we take a creative approach to developing social skills and learning. The coordinator of the children's corner is very gifted in these areas and, as well, many of our volunteers are former teachers who bring a great deal of expertise. We have a weekly presence of the river city roadrunner group which works with both the children and their moms. The nursing interns also assist in the children's corner. During this fiscal year, 580 different children came to the children's corner over a 236 day period. We distributed 39,000 diapers and wipes, another avenue of building self-esteem.
I am currently an intern at the Wellspring Women's Center and the love and care that resides within this place is truly radiant. The old firehouse building that makes the center's home still holds the charm and essence of the historic Oak Park community and at the same time is inviting and welcoming. I was touched the first time I came to the center. Seeing so many women and children come together under one roof where they feel safe and at home was very inspirational. Its not just about a free warm breakfast, this is a gathering place for women of all backgrounds and walks of life to come and socialize and simply take a step back from life's challenges. The people that work here as well as the volunteers put their whole heart into this place and it is clear to see in how the center works and operates. I love that I get to be a part of this wonderful organization.
I interned at Wellspring for a year and had the unique opportunity to be professionally and personally graced by the women of Wellspring. The staff exemplify human kindness, and strive to touch the hearts of each guest. This organization has a tremendous impact on the women and children of this community, and truly conduct the business of helping others with dignity and love!
I worked as a volunteer at Wellspring once a week for seven years (three to four hours at a time) I've also worked at some of the annual functions over the years. This is without a doubt one of the best run, most open-hearted, and well functioning programs I have ever seen. It is a true outreach within the neighborhood. The Sisters and other staff who run this place are all at once warm, kind and no-nonsence. They truly serve. It is at first glance, a breakfast program but Wellspring is so much more. Even though several Catholic sisters founded and continue to run Wellspring, it is not a Catholic organization. They rely on private donations and a large group of volunteers. Anyone interested in finding a reputable charity to work for or donate to can rest assured that Wellspring fits the bill.