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 was underway.[more]
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. [less]
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. [more]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. [less]
Our Mission is to create a work and residential community in the Colorado Front Range where adults with special needs can live full, productive and satisfying lives in a God-centered and nurturing environment.