WORDS FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
This year has brought many challenges for services such as those provided by Well-
the staff at WellSpring. From the loss of a Spring are needed. As I witnessed the pain
valued staff, Mr. Carl Weathers, to the re- of the young teen mother, grandmother and
cent tragic death of a 14 month old child. other family members, my heart was sad-
Death is always hard no matter what the den by their loss. However, I am thankful
cause, but when violence is the culprit it is a for the concern of that teen mom to get the
staunch reminder of the great work that is word out about domestic violence to other
still at hand. teens. What a price to pay! This incident
The mission of WellSpring is to provide alone should be the catalyst to push our
support and crisis services to individuals entire community to take a stand against
and families experiencing domestic violence domestic violence.
in underserved neighborhoods on the south When we say all, it means the entire com-
side of Chicago. As the Executive Director, munity including: families, the school sys-
I have had many opportunities to speak at tem, after school community centers, day-
various venues to get the message out about cares as well as the faith community or
domestic violence and its effect on individu- Church. Understanding that, WellSpring
als and families. Recently, I was asked to has discerned this is the season to connect
speak about domestic violence at the funeral with the faith community.
of a 14 month old baby who was killed by We all must take a stand against domestic
the mother’s boyfriend. This was a trau- violence or fall prey to it. In order to further
matic experience for me, but I saw it as an educate our community we have launched a
opportunity to share our mission in an im- new campaign to provide domestic violence
pact way. This was a true testament to why training for the faith community.
Well Spring Board Membership Recruitment
WellSpring is looking to diversify our current Board, so if you have a background in Marketing or Public
Relations and can dedicate at least four hours a month we need you.
Please contact: Attorney Lynette Lewis at (708)425-8883 if you want more information about the board.
Inside this issue:
What A Difference A Man Makes Partner Spotlight 2
What Do You Say 2
Case Manager New Board Mem- 2
August 2005 – January 7, 2011
Photo Gallery 3
MADE A DIFFERENCE
In Memory of our beloved Mr. Carl Weathers for his years of Client’s Letter In
service to victims of domestic violence – our SAFETY NET
Program will be renamed “Weather The Storm.” Donors/Partners in
Do you enjoy affordable, with WellSpring Center
well cooked, made to or- for Hope. Although they
der food? If you an- have been serving the
swered yes, this is the community for less than
What do you say restaurant for you. 1 year, when asked to
to a victim of Located in the Auburn- donate to our April Fund-
Domestic Violence Gresham Community at raiser, they put their
8125 South Halsted, 3 money where their mouth
There is no excuse Chefs boasts a wide vari- is and donated a dinner
for abuse ety of meals ranging from for 2. That’s why we
soul to even vegetarian chose to put you in our
1. You are not alone These guys not only offer PARTNER SPOTLIGHT!
Nearly 1/3 of women good food and service,
report being physically but they are vested in the BON APPETIT
or sexually abused by a community as partners
husband or boyfriend at
some point in their lives.
2. I am afraid for you
New Board Members
I know that domestic Cynthia V. Taylor is em- from Governor State Univer-
violence escalates over ployed as a professional li- sity of University Park, a
time and I believe it will censed mental health thera- Masters is Professional Coun-
only get worst. pist for the Counseling and seling and is pursuing a
Health Services and a practi- Ph.D. in Counseling Studies
cum supervisor for the Mas- at Capella University, Min-
3. It’s not your fault ter’s of Art Counseling Pro- neapolis, MN.
gram at the Olivet Nazarene Cynthia is the wife of Dr. Joel
You are not the cause
University in Bourbonnais, D. Taylor, who pastors the
of someone else’s vio- Greater Mt. Pleasant Mission-
lent behavior. She has volunteered for the ary Baptist Church on the
Illinois Coalition Against Sex- west side of Chicago and the
ual Assault (I-CASA) South St. Paul Missionary Baptist
4. You do not deserve Suburban region, and pre- Church on the south side of
to be abused. sented workshops for young Chicago, Illinois. Cynthia
You have the right to be adults and teens on Self- embraces being a mother of
safe. Esteem. two; Jasper Paul and Jessica
Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Dominique. She is a product
Arts degree in Psychology of Chicago, Illinois.
5. Help is available.
You have the right to Artis Simpson has been Organization.
make you own choices. employed for the last Artis has owned Simpson’s
Support is available; you three and a half years as Realty for the past 20
do not have to go a Financial Representa- years. He lives in the
through this alone. tive with Country Finan- South Suburbs with his
cial Insurance. wife and two daughters
He is also an active and a special god grand-
member with the follow- daughter. Artis is a faithful
ing boards and organiza- member of the Belaire
tions, Chatham Business Park M. B. Church in Mark-
Association, The National ham, IL. His hobbies are
Association of Realtors, playing the guitar and
the Chicago Association fishing when time permits.
of Realtors and Well-
Spring Center for Hope
Elouise Spencer, Executive Director talk- Ms. Elsie Nelson, Program Director talking
ing with women of Salem Bapt. Church with women regarding services at WellSpring
Clients Mother’s Day
Clients making Easter baskets Executive Director conducting training at
at April Support Group St. Paul M.B. Church
Oakdale Women’s Choir Benefit Con-
cert for WellSpring Center for Hope
Clients’ Mother’s Day Luncheon
ETA Fundraiser Reception
April 3, 2011
Executive Director accepting award
from Taliva A. Tillman
Chicago Alumnae Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Executive Director and Board Member,
Raffle Winner ETA Fundraiser Freddie Shufford presenting plaque to Rev.
Washington at Oakdale Covenant Church
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
As committed donors you have proven your life is rich by all you have given to
WellSpring. We thank you for that, but we need your financial encouragement
in order to continue our quality of services that offers HOPE to all we serve.
Thank you for your kindness and your consideration.
WellSpring Center For Hope
P.O. Box 368800
Chicago, Illinois 60636
~WellSpring is a Ministry of Covenant Ministries of Benevolence~