About me There's far less compelling about me than there is about the nonprofit where I work, Wellspring Community. I am merely called to serve this uniquely compelling place. I first came to learn …
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There's far less compelling about me than there is about the nonprofit where I work, Wellspring Community. I am merely called to serve this uniquely compelling place. I first came to learn about Wellspring on a tour this April, as I was looking for a place where my brother with special needs could get involved. I was so very moved by what I experienced that day, I am now its humble leader. I have been the executive director for the past eight weeks. My background is in executive corporate finance and law, as well as social entrepreneurship. My skill sets lend themselves well to Wellspring's aspirations to serve many more of those in need than we presently do.
At Wellspring, we are committed to providing adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs an opportunity to experience full and satisfying lives. We do this by offering a wide variety of learning experiences in a safe, supervised and nurturing environment and providing the support and modifications necessary to enable them to be successful. We call the folks we serve STARS — Specially Talented Adults Raising Standards.
What we offer
We have begun to fulfill our mission by establishing several specially modified business enterprises where our STARS are engaged in meaningful, creative and productive work.
At Wellspring Bakery and at Wellspring Café (aka Best Buddies), our staff and volunteers work alongside our STARS, training them in baking as well as in hosting and serving members of our broader Castle Rock community.
Staff and volunteers likewise nurture our STARS to create beautiful ceramic and wood crafts in our Artbeat Studio, which artwork is sold to our broader Castle Rock community.
During the growing season, our STARS are guided to plant, cultivate and harvest living things in our community gardens.
We have been blessed by special partnerships with many local, like-minded organizations — like CALF, Zoology Foundation, Crossfit Loop and the Castle Rock Police Department, just to name a few — that round out our programming outside in the broader community.
In 2019, we plan to launch new satellite locations that perpetuate the spirit of Wellspring beyond our immediate community. Longer term, we plan to explore offering our innovative programming virtually across the state (for those who cannot travel to our brick & mortar locations), across the nation, and perhaps even across the globe.
I'm most excited for …
Based upon my own powerful and profound experience at Wellspring on my tour and every day since, I feel called and am incredibly excited to share this innovative model and uniquely special spirit of service with many more of those in need. I feel that it would be terribly selfish to keep this miracle to ourselves.
My wife's father shared with us this quote by Arthur Ashe: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
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