Jesus said, ‘People soon become thirsty again after drinking water. But the water I give takes away thirst altogether. It becomes a well of water within, giving life.’ – John 4:13-14
Christ Episcopal Church provides outreach to The Well. Based in Oak Cliff, The Well is a community of people working to bring love and health to adults recovering from serious mental illness. On a regular basis, Christ Episcopal Church serves meals in support of the Well’s Thursday Night Life Program. We also secure donations for needed items and provide financial contributions.
The Well operates out of the Cliff Temple Baptist Church (pictured below) located at 125 Sunset Avenue, Dallas, TX, 75208. The scope of support they offer to the local community is reflected below. The folks at The Well would love to provide you with a tour of their program. Find out how you can help! Visit their website at www.wellcommunity.org.
Community Life Center (Mondays-Thursdays)
Our services are primarily delivered through our weekday, Community Life Center (CLC). Open Monday through Thursday, the CLC offers a restorative environment for people who have had their lives drastically disturbed and need the support of others in moving toward health.
Participation in the CLC gives our Community Members the opportunity to rejoin the worlds of friendship, family, work and to access the services and supports they may individually need.
Our programming is based upon a mental health best practice called the “clubhouse model of psycho-social rehabilitation.” Our focus is on the strengths, talents, and abilities of our Community Members, not their illness, with the goal of helping some return to the workplace.
Thursday Night Life Residential Programming
A weekly, culturally relevant worship service, including times of singing, prayer, Bible teaching, and encouragement. Each week, small groups from various local congregations join with us to provide and serve a hot meal, and interact with the Community Members.
For those we serve, the chance of obtaining and/or retaining safe, decent, and affordable housing is difficult. Therefore, assist our Community Members in securing appropriate housing. In our supportive housing program, we assist higher functioning individuals in securing private apartments. At Jacob’s House, we run a more structured program, currently housing 10 individuals in a group/community format.
Due to a stretched public system, many of our Community Members are in need of additional case management assistance. Weekly, we serve an approximate 10 people in this regard. Our individualized services focus on teaching the client how to obtain needed material requirements (e.g., applying for food stamps, clothing assistance, housing referrals, connection with family members, doctors and other healthcare providers).
Community Awareness & Education
As a part of our mission, we seek to inform, serve, and resource the greater Dallas faith-community, believing that every congregation in our city is affected by mental illness. We regularly receive referrals and queries from consumers, congregational leaders, and family members about mental illness. Our future plans include the hosting of a faith-based conference on mental health and spirituality.