Wellspring receives support from Ronald McDonald House

WHEELING – Wellspring Family Services, a division of Crittenton Services, Inc., has received a $1,000 grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Morgantown and a $1,000 matching grant from the National Ronald McDonald House Charities.

The grants were given to Wellspring’s Morgantown office, which currently serves more than 120 children and families.

“Support from foundations like Ronald McDonald House is so important. It helps us continue our work to help families in need of behavioral health services in some of the most rural parts of the state,” said Kari Blizzard, Site Director of Wellspring’s Morgantown office.

“It is our hope the funds will assist in the fulfillment of Wellspring’s mission to provide nurturing services to families in achieving self-sufficiency,” said Steve DeJesus, Executive Director and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Morgantown.

Wellspring Family Services is an outpatient counseling service available in 18 counties, with five offices in Wheeling, Weirton, New Martinsville, Parkersburg and Morgantown. Wellspring Family Services is currently serving more than 550 children, families and individuals. Wellspring therapists and case managers offer a variety of behavioral health services to clients in their homes, schools or in one of the Wellspring offices.

Each Wellspring program is designed to meet the specific needs of an individual regarding numerous factors including behavioral problems, parenting concerns, family relationships and children’s emotional issues. Individuals learn to communicate more effectively, as well as begin the process of healing through psychological assessments, supportive counseling, intensive therapy and behavior management. Twenty-four hour crisis intervention is also available from professional staff. Clients are referred to Wellspring Family Services from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, local physicians, schools, the court systems and by clients themselves. By providing ancillary services to children and families – linking them to other agencies and services when appropriate – case managers are a crucial part of the treatment teams at Wellspring.

Crittenton Services, Inc. also operated a residential treatment program, a behavioral health residential facility for girls 12-18 in West Virginia. It offers the only licensed maternity care treatment facility in the state. Crittenton also serves young women who aren’t pregnant or parenting. The girls in treatment at Crittenton are victims of abuse, neglect, sexual assault, some of whom are battling drug addiction, depression and a variety of other challenges.

Crittenton’s Cradles to Crayons Child Care Center offers child care for infants and toddlers at its Elm Grove and Wheeling Park High School sites. Cradles to Crayons also offers before and after care services at Woodsdale, Middlecreek and Steenrod Elementary schools and the universal pre-k program at Middle Creek Elementary.

For more information on Wellspring Family Services and Crittenton, call 1-800-280-2229 or go to www.florencecrittenton.net.

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. RMCH focuses on the critical needs of children, celebrates the diversity of the programs offered and the staff, volunteers and donors who make them possible, stays true to its heritage of 38 years of responsible stewardship, and operates with accountability and transparency.

For more information on RMHC, go to www.rmhc.com.