Wellspring Women's Center
For over 29 years, Wellspring has served as a gathering place for nearly 200 women and children each weekday
morning within Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood. Wellspring operates as a
drop-in center and is comprised of nine staff persons, as well as over one
hundred regular volunteers. Services are offered at no cost to any women and
her children, with neither prequalification nor prerequisites for program
participation. There are no eligibility requirements. Wellspring depends on
financial and in-kind donations from individuals, businesses, foundations, and
Wellspring’s mission is to “nourish the innate goodness and personal self-esteem of women and their children, providing respite and services in an atmosphere of hospitality with dignity and love.” Program participants are referred to as ‘guests.’ Guests come from varying cultures, backgrounds, races, and religions, yet they share common bonds beyond their low-income status. Many lack healthy family relationships, formal education, adequate job skills or training, and daily stability. Struggles with domestic violence, drug abuse and untreated mental illness are common. Wellspring’s primary challenge is addressing and meeting the direct impacts of poverty on these individuals.
Wellspring operates four programs: Nutritious Meal Program, Children’s Corner Program, Safety Net Support Program, and Women’s Wellness Program. The objective of Wellspring’s programming is to provide vulnerable women and their children practical assistance combined with compassion and encouragement so they can better navigate life’s challenges and create lives marked by dignity and self-respect, thus a healthier community for all.
To learn more about the center, we invite you to read our blog "Tales from the Heart of Wellspring" at wellspringwomenscenter.wordpress.com