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20 Wellspring was born from one person's vision to fill a void and provide help for neighbors in need. It started with providing warm clothes, caring counsel and a much-needed sense of community—all within a single storefront in Hull. Over the course of more than three decades, Wellspring became Wellspring Multi-Service Center as it grew and changed along with the needs of the community. Now, neighbors from across the entire South Shore turn to the organization for its programs specializing in advocating, educating, nourishing and counseling those in need. Time has proven that nothing stops Wellspring Multi-Service Center from fulfilling its mission to provide support and skills to people facing challenges to their financial, physical or emotional well being, and helping them achieve independence and self- sufficiency. Despite storms, floods, fires or even pandemics—the professional staff at Wellspring continues to provide support and services to area communities. Wellspring utilizes a comprehensive wrap around approach to identify root issues and more fully assist individuals and families seeking help. Ever responsive to changing issues and needs, the organization is now also providing immediate and emergency care in an increasing number of cases due to the current pandemic's impact on families. Recently, the organization's Community Outreach Director was alerted to a group of siblings who had been removed from their home for safety reasons and placed in the care of a family member who is a Wellspring client. Wellspring was quickly able to get the children added to their new caretaker's MassHealth coverage so there would be no lapse in medical care for them. The new family also qualified for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, and the children were provided with desperately needed clothing, as they had been unable to take any of their belongings with them. When COVID-19 first rolled in this past spring, Wellspring swiftly shifted to a remote service model and the shops (thrift, furniture and print) closed. Aunt Dot's Kitchen, the Wellspring there is Wellspring Where there is Need there is Wellspring By Julie Cofone Vinny Harte, President/CEO readying Wellspring's van for school lunch deliveries in April.

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