September 2023 Newsletter

I Have Kindness in Me, and I am Lovable

Carly's Story

September is an exciting month for Carly because, on the 12th of this month, she celebrated 7 years with Wellspring. Her journey at Wellspring began when she first met Mary Lou and toured the program in August 2016 and then started attending the program the following month. Not only does Carly have a fantastic memory; but she is kind, organized, and hard-working. These are strengths that she leans into in all parts of her life; with family, friends, and here at Wellspring.

Art and crafting are specialties of Carly’s, she loves to color and to draw. In fact, she uses her skills to make and send cards to her family and calls them “CarlyBCards.” Family is very important to Carly and these cards help Carly to stay connected to her family members who live out of state.

Carly participates in programming both in-person and online, works as a barista at the Collective, is the Secretary of the Leadership Team for the STARS Cooperative, and is a newly elected member of the STARS Leadership Team at Wellspring. Carly’s go-getter attitude, perspective, and willingness to help others enriches Wellspring and makes a tremendous impact in the lives of others. When asked what it feels like being a part of Wellspring, Carly shared “It feels great because I am an independent woman with amazing skills. I make my own decisions and choose my own classes.”

When Carly sings and listens to music, it makes her think about her grandpa who was a singer. She wants to carry on his legacy and be the next generation. Ultimately, her goal in life is to be a dancer. She is currently working on a solo with Starstruck Academy dancing to “You Drive Me Crazy” by Britney Spears. She would also like all of the people reading this to know, “I want to say that I am a hard worker. I am a social butterfly because I like to talk a lot and make other people feel better. I have kindness in me, and I am lovable.”

Meet the Team

We are so excited to introduce you to the newest members of the Wellspring Team! Each new staff member answered a few questions to help you get to know them better. Not featured are Thomas (Program Teacher) Helena (Driver), and Catherine (Teacher)



What brought you to Wellspring?

I came to Wellspring because I was looking for something bigger for my life, I wanted to make a difference in my community, and I have always had a passion for teaching, but didn’t want to work with children any longer.

What is your favorite holiday?

My favorite holiday is Halloween. I love being able to dress up and the excitement it brings! But Christmas is also very magical.


Shift Supervisor at the Castle Rock Collective

Favorite vacation spot?

I love all of Italy but Lake Garda is a special place! It’s beautiful there – I love being by the water, the scenery is pretty, they have the best ice cream and Aperol Spritz all day long and it’s close to cities like Verona and Venice. It has been a family tradition to go there since I was a teenager and we still try to get together there every year or at least every other, I truly cherish this quality time spent with my mom and siblings.

What is your favorite holiday? 

My birthday! I usually like to celebrate for several days. In my opinion everyone deserves a special day and especially getting older birthdays are even more reason to celebrate! I love the special birthday box and decorations we have at the Collective to make sure everyone gets the attention they deserve on their big day.. As for a “real” holiday, I love Christmas, especially when I get to celebrate with my family in Germany!  


What brought me to Wellspring?
I recently wrapped up my role job as a homeschool mom and was looking for a meaningful part-time job that integrated various areas of my life. Im a member of Castle Oaks Church so there is lots of overlap of relationships! 
What do I enjoy doing in my free time? 
Lately, I have been investing a great deal of time training my golden-doodle, Bailey. She turned one year old in August, and we are on track to become a therapy animal team later this fall. I’m looking forward to volunteering in a variety of locations throughout Castle Rock and the surrounding area! 

Evening of Inspiration Event Update

A limited number of tickets are now available for Wellspring’s 15th Annual Evening of Inspiration next Saturday, September 30th. If you wanted to attend the event, but did not register, you’re in luck! These limited number of tickets are now on sale, and can be purchased through our website. We are so excited to celebrate the milestone of Wellspring’s 15th Anniversary and showcase some of the ways Wellspring STARS shine.

Upcoming Events

Club 21

Join us Friday, October 20th for a Costume and Dance Party!

Club 21 is a once-a-month social event hosted by Wellspring Community and designed to give adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities a place to socialize, relax and have a great time. Club 21 also gives parents and caregivers a night off! Participants MUST preregister and pay. 

Welcome to Wellspring Tour

Learn more about and experience Wellspring by joining a tour! We are thrilled to share that we are now hosting tours twice a month! Our community is working hard to introduce 100 people to Wellspring between August and December. If we can reach our goal, Wellspring will host an ice cream party for the STARS!

Upcoming Tour Dates: 

  • September 28th
  • October 12th
  • October 26th

Thank You Evening of Inspiration Sponsors!

Strohm-Link Family Foundation

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