To provide educational, enrichment and business enterprise opportunities to adults with special needs such that they are empowered to live full, productive and satisfying lives in a God-centered and spiritually nourishing environment. We strive to continue to be innovators in the field, having conceived, designed and executed a unique delivery model of services to the adult special needs community.
We call the individuals in our program STARS, Specially Talented Adults Raising Standards.
The unique Wellspring program model offers ours STARS the chance to experience an abundant life by acknowledging and accepting their limitations and investing the time, effort and resources to engage them cognitively, physically, socially and spiritually. The result is an innovative program that promotes independence and fosters personal growth and satisfaction.
Wellspring’s individualized programming is designed by our STARS and executed in a group setting. We offer more than 45 enrichment classes in 5 different categories of specialized services:
Life & Leadership Skills
Arts & Performances
To dramatically scale our footprint and our offerings so as to empower and spiritually nourish as many STARS as we possibly can, consistent with our program excellence and God-centered and spiritually nourishing culture, without compromising the program or culture of legacy Wellspring.
In the near-term, we plan to launch new satellite locations across the Front Range. We also plan to investigate whether and how we can best serve a broader range of STARS than has historically been the case. Longer term, we may expand our footprint beyond Colorado. Also 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. Always, we will continue to try to innovate our Programming to best serve the needs of our STARS.
While not presently part of our core strategy, in the future, we hope to be able to begin to participate in solving the residential housing crisis that afflicts many of our STARS and their families.
Why we Exist
Unless you have a friend or family member with developmental disabilities, you might not be aware of the challenge parents face when planning for the future for their child with special needs. As one parent poignantly put it, “I just have to live one day longer than my daughter.” With few exceptions, individuals with Downs Syndrome, Autism and other developmental disabilities will not go on to college.
They won’t have careers or move into their own apartments. Many will struggle to find work. Most will never drive a car. For the rest of their lives they will need support and supervision. Some will require 24-hour medical care.
Dignity– As children of God, created in His image, each person is endowed with inherent worth, value and divine purpose. Therefore, we have a moral duty to preserve and defend one another’s DIGNITY throughout life.
Grace– GRACE is the unmerited blessing and favor that God offers to His children. GRACE enables us to live in harmony with one another through acts of love, kindness, goodness, forgiveness and mercy.
Respect– RESPECT is the act of honoring and appreciating others and treating them with consideration. Our RESPECT for one another fosters a general sense of trustworthiness and security which empowers everyone to be their best and creates a pleasant atmosphere.
Integrity– INTEGRITY is being honest and consistent in what we think, say and do. It is reflected in our lives by being truthful, sincere, trustworthy, fair and faithful. Our integrity is evident by what we do, how we do it and the results we produce.
Service– Just as God served us through the sacrificial life of His Son, Jesus Christ, we, too, are called to serve those around us. In so doing we enjoy the privilege of being a conduit of God’s love to others.
Good Stewardship– Everything we have is given to us by God including our talents, skills and all of our resources, therefore we are to steward them responsibly. We believe that good stewardship inspires personal responsibility which promotes industriousness within our organization and credibility in the larger community.
Wellspring Community began in January 2008 with four young women with developmental disabilities learning how to bake cookies in a private kitchen. Through careful observation and task analysis modifications were made with equipment and processes to enable these women to be successful. Soon their cookies were selling at local churches and Wellspring’s first business enterprise, Best Buddies Bakery now Wellspring Bakery.
In the spring of 2009, New Hope Presbyterian Church in Castle Rock opened its doors to enable us to continue our Work & Enrichment Program on a part-time basis.
We also obtained the use of Sweet Nothing’s commercial kitchen to continue to develop our Best Buddies Bakery. By 2012, our Work & Enrichment Program was operating on a full-time, year-round basis.
In February 2009 we launched our Wellspring Wonders Choir. Under the direction of a professional vocal coach and piano accompanist, choir members learn rhythm, breathing and voice exercises and have the opportunity to perform before audiences.
In April of 2010 Castle Oaks Covenant Church offered space to host Club 21, a social and recreation program where adults with developmental disabilities can meet with peers on a weekend evening to enjoy game nights, hobby nights and a variety of fun activities in a safe, structured and supervised setting.
In April 2013, thanks to our partnership with Castle Oaks Covenant Church, we moved into a new facility providing us office space, classroom space, a 900-square-foot commercial kitchen and the opportunity to operate all of our programs under one roof.It has been an incredible experience to see the collaborative efforts of churches, local businesses, civic organizations and caring individuals as they have come together to enrich and empower the lives of adults with special needs. The mission of Wellspring is life giving, not only for our participants, but for everyone involved in this great venture.
Yet, like most everyone else, these people want – and deserve – a place to belong, a place where they can feel accepted and valued and where they can experience the satisfaction of meaningful work and activity. Their families want a place where they know their loved ones will be safe and well cared for when they are no longer able to provide that care.
The state of Colorado ranks among the lowest in the nation in terms of funding services to individuals with special needs. The waiting list for services is thousands deep leaving many adults with special needs sitting at home bored and lonely. Their parents are fraught with anxiety trying to find productive activities for their adult child and wondering who will care for their child when they no longer can. Wellspring Community has been created in response to this need.