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The New Guardianship Independence Pilot Project: homes and freedom for personal care home residents

on Thu, 09/05/2013 - 10:19
Maggie had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and personality disorder; for more than 6 years, she lived in a personal care home with dozens of other people.  She had to wait in line to go to the bathroom.  She had to eat food she disliked, and on someone else’s schedule. 
Maggie was not happy – she knew she was capable of living more independently.  She says it felt like she was in jail.
But now, thanks to our new Guardianship Independence Pilot Program, Maggie has the keys to her very own apartment. When she first saw her new home, she exclaimed, “freedom!” and started

Mental Health Accord Letter to the Editor from Board Member, Margaret Pennington

on Mon, 08/26/2013 - 10:54

Printed August 26, 2013 in The Courier-Journal

Mental health plan

Congratulations to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Kentucky Division of Protection and Advocacy for the recent “Mental Health Accord!” The leaders of those agencies have managed something that all of us who preceded them failed to accomplish.

They not only recognized the plight of people with serious and persistent mental illness in personal care homes and the serious system failure it represented; but, they have agreed on a path forward and they have found a way to bring resources to what before had been

Courier-Journal Article - "State to extend community-based housing to 600 of the mentally ill"

on Mon, 08/19/2013 - 13:06

The Courier Journal 08/17/2013


State to extend community-based housing to 600 of the mentally ill

By Tom Loftus

The Courier-Journal

Hundreds of Kentuckians with serious mental illness will be able to receive treatment within a community setting rather than be sent to personal-care homes as a result of an agreement Friday between the state and a state watchdog group.

Under the agreement between Kentucky Protection and Advocacy and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the state will provide community-based housing

Welcome Home Baskets for New Residents

on Tue, 07/30/2013 - 16:17
Here at Wellspring, we have seen a lot of folks get new keys recently!  We try to present each new resident with a welcome basket full of various household supplies for their new home. Please consider making a donation today! Fill a laundry basket with as many of these items as you can!
Kitchen Supplies
Resealable Bags  *  Kitchen Towels  *  Mixing Bowls  *  Measuring spoons and cups  *  Can Opener  *  Food Storage Containers  *  Plastic Wrap  *  Aluminum Foil
Personal Items
Body Soap  *  Hand Soap Pump  *  Toothpaste  *  Toothbrush and Holder  *  Towels and Wash Cloths  *  Feminine

Courier-Journal Article - Wellspring Tonini Apartments help needy, save building and add value to neighborhood

on Tue, 07/02/2013 - 15:21

Written by
Kirsten Clark
The Courier-Journal
Published July 2, 2013


In the coming weeks, tenants will begin calling the new Wellspring Tonini Apartments on Shelby Street “home,” marking the first time since the mid-1970s anyone has made a permanent residence at the former site of the Tonini Church Supply Co.

The storefront was once where Louisville residents went for wedding veils, rosaries and prayer books. The floors above it are where the grandparents and aunt of current Tonini Church Supply Co. vice president Bill Tonini lived.

But after nearly 110 years at the Phoenix Hill location

Humana Foundation Lends Support to Wellspring’s Mind, Body, Spirit Initiative

on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:08

To be truly healthy, the mind and body must work in partnership; failure in one quickly and negatively impacts the other. People with severe mental illness (SMI) face extra challenges in this realm; the medications required to treat SMI can cause chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, which, in turn, can cause depression or exacerbate existing mental illness. But, thanks to a grant from the Humana Foundation, Wellspring will soon be initiating measures in some of our programs that will:

  • Improve the client experience by adopting “Healthy Eating” plans.
  • Provide

Barth Foundation Grant Will Support Wellspring’s AEDs in the Workplace Campaign

on Mon, 06/10/2013 - 10:49

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Wellspring’s AEDs in the Workplace campaign is a result of the agency’s continuous effort to provide the best possible care for our clients. An AED is an electronic device designed to deliver an electric shock to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest.
Studies show that nearly 1,000 deaths occur from coronary heart disease outside of the hospital or emergency room every day.  Up to 70% of these victims might be saved if automated external defibrillators were immediately available. 
Given that Wellspring deals with a population that is already more vulnerable

Schuhmann Center Salutes Wellspring Participant for 16 Years of Continuous Service

on Fri, 06/07/2013 - 10:13

“People like Keith are the heart and soul of the Schuhmann Center,” says Center Director, Jim Nix.  “We are extremely blessed to have him here each and every week.”

Wellspring participant Keith Holt started volunteering at the Schuhmann Center - which provides food, clothing, and social service referrals to the homeless and needy - soon after it opened its doors on E. Gray Street in 1997.  Over the years, he’s helped in nearly every capacity in which a volunteer can serve.

Kathy Dobbins Receives Kent School of Social Work Practicum Supervisor Lifetime Service Award

on Thu, 06/06/2013 - 14:57

Kathy Dobbins


Executive Director

Martha A. Fuller

Director of Field Education

Kent School of Social Work

The Practicum Supervisor Lifetime Service Award is given to social workers who have served as educational mentors of University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work students in practicum for 25 or more years. It is acknowledgement of the tremendous contribution made by practicum supervisors to the professional development of emerging social workers.

Kathy has supervised graduate level social work students from the Kent School of Social Work for more than 26 years!  She has even

First Annual Kentucky Gives Day A Win for Kentucky Philanthropy!

on Thu, 06/06/2013 - 14:41

In one word - WOW!  On April 24th - the very day after our 15th Annual Derby Preview Party, we participated in the first-ever Kentucky Gives Day – and managed to come in as one of the top 20 participating large nonprofits in the state!  Many thanks to our generous supporters who helped us raise $2,255 – all of which will be matched dollar-for-dollar -for a total of $4,510!


“Wellspring and our many other partners joined with our sponsors and donors and pulled out all the stops: giving dollars, time, energy, and support that made this historic day possible,” says Danielle Clore, Executive