Wellspring is a women’s daytime resource center located in the heart of downtown Green Bay. The center is a safe, peaceful place for women 18 and over facing challenges and difficulties to receive group programming and support focused on the mind, body, and spirit. In 2018, Wellspring moved under the umbrella of St. John’s Shelter, and grant dollars provided by the Women’s Fund funded transitional costs.
Women at Wellspring receive personal hygiene products, clothing, and food items, job readiness training, mentoring, peer support and access to a computer lab. Services are offered to women who are homeless, living with mental illness, disabled, facing financial issues or broken relationships. The center provides safety, security, and belonging.
Annually, more than 400 women seek the services of Wellspring. Ninety-six percent of these women live below the poverty line, and more than seventy-five percent have disclosed that they have been victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse.
Wellspring’s Women for Sobriety program offers support for females struggling with drug and/or alcohol addiction. A program participant shared, “It helped my self-esteem and confidence. I can now say I am a competent, compassionate, capable and caring person.” Another woman reported that she has a full-time job and now saves the money she used to spend on alcohol.
Thanks to a grant from the Women’s Fund, Wellspring has also added therapy dogs, mental health officers, medical screenings and other supports for victims of trauma. The funding has allowed for facility maintenance improvements as well as security and privacy upgrades. Wellspring’s future includes continuing case management, workshops, trauma-informed care, and facility enhancements.