The Well is so grateful for the many good things that happened this year, and here are just a few of them:
--- Fulfilling the “housing first” approach, we purchased a beautiful and spacious home for our first residents and completely furnished it, thanks to generous donations of both money and things (including everything from beautiful hand-made quilts for each bed, to welcome baskets full of body care products, to appliances, to patio furniture).
---Our Open House in early August allowed us to mark the event with many of our donors before anyone moved in, and to dedicate the house to the mission and work to come.
---The first residents arrived in late August and found a warm and welcoming home where Love Heals.
---Our social worker/program director position became full-time mid-year. She was assisted in the fall by our first college interns.
---Our “Great Houses Open Great Doors” series began with two homes of historical interest and architectural significance, the Bartley House in South Hill (circa 1832, federal) and the Scudder home on West Second (post civil-war Romanesque). Great Houses also opened holiday doors as families swarmed the iconic Turner House on Chinoe on December 17 to tour the first floor. We are so grateful to all of these supporters for generously opening their doors so that we can do the same.
---We realized how valuable the work of other non-profits can be, as we became part of their mission. One example is GleanKY, which began delivering food for our residents a few months ago.
---We were also blessed by many generous gifts from churches, prayer circles, the Central Kentucky Legal Secretaries group, and the women inmates from the federal prison camp, who made journals, pillows, blankets, picture frames, placemats, and other wonderful household items for our residents.
---The Well qualified for, and participated in the community-wide GoodGiving challenge. This not only helped us raise needed funds, but also helped us spread the word of the work we are doing, with 42 different donors giving on-line (and many more donors giving directly).
---Many volunteers found us, and found great satisfaction in driving our residents to appointments and meetings, or just visiting with them, perhaps while sharing a meal or going to a movie. Other volunteers offer instruction in exercise or meal planning or tutoring.
---We saw so much generosity from so many people, from the little girl who gave us her dime at the Holiday House on December 17 to the person who paid the $5 admission with a $100 bill and said keep the change, to the person who bought tickets for others standing outside the gates who otherwise might not have been able to come in at all. We saw one friend at the Open House worry aloud about the need for security, followed by an immediate generous gift for a security alarm system from another friend who overhead the concern. People have invited us to speak at their events, have pressed money in our hands even when we weren’t asking for anything, and have helped us spread the word. Companies and law firms and private foundations gave and matched funds and made it possible for us to meet our fund-raising goal.
We can’t say goodbye to 2016 without giving our heart-felt thanks for all of these generous acts. We welcome 2017 and hope the New Year brings more of the same for our residents!