Ten Things We Loved about Well for the Journey in 2017

15th Anniversary: Keeping a small nonprofit going strong means facing challenges and looking to the future, so celebrating 15 years as of July 1 is a huge milestone! We are grateful to everyone who has played a role in co-creating a safe, inclusive space for people to explore their day-to-day spirituality – from our founders to our staff, our Board of Directors to our Circle leaders and facilitators, to our donors, volunteers, and participants. You are the Well, and we truly appreciate all that you do.

What this means in 2018: Stay tuned for information on a celebration of the Well mission and community.

Osprey Grant: We are grateful for the trust the Osprey Foundation puts in Well for the Journey. The Foundation funds multiple initiatives at the Well, including marketing and fundraising materials, WYPR radio spots, our communications manager salary, and others.

What this means in 2018: More WYPR ads, and communications and fundraising initiatives to support sustainability for the future of the Well.

July 2017 ~ Caroline Center, Baltimore City

-SSND Gospel Fund Grant: In October, Well for the Journey received a $2,025 grant from the School Sisters of Notre Dame’s (SSND) Gospel Fund. The funding will help us expand our reach, and supports the development of programs at SSND’s two Caroline Center locations and Marian House, both in Baltimore City. This relationship began over the summer when the Well offered a program on compassion to healthcare workers in training at Caroline Center.

What this means in 2018: The Well will work with the Sisters to design and offer programs based on topics of interest to the women at Caroline Center and Marion House. These programs will be free to participants.

-2017-2018 Campaign Launch: Thanks to our many generous donors, including our Giving Tuesday and end-of-year donors, we are now halfway toward our campaign goal of $108,000!

What this means in 2018: We hope to reach our campaign goal of $108,000 by June 30 in order to meet our budget. Help us continue to live out our mission for another 15 years. Become a Well for the Journey partner today.

New Website: After a multi-year branding and marketing process, we launched a new website that clarifies our mission and is more user-friendly. We recently made changes so that our entire website, including our donation page, is now a secure site. Special thanks to Michelle Jordan, our freelance web/print designer, for her collaborative spirit and talented design work.

What this means in 2018: We continue to look for ways to improve our print and web materials and hope to complete a redesign of our weekly For Your Journey e-newsletter and other pieces.

Newest Staff Member, Charlotte Ernst: Charlotte joined the Well this summer and is the friendly voice on the line when you call the Well. Her customer service skills and positive spirit help keep our daily operations going and make the Well a welcoming place. She also participates in our programming on a regular basis, so be sure to say hi and thank you when you see her!

What this means in 2018: Continued customer service that supports our participants and donor needs, streamlined processes as we look to sustainability for the future.

-Well Said Speaker Series: Barbara Bradley Hagerty: In April, the Well launched its Well Said occasional speaker series with a talk by bestselling author Barbara Bradley Hagerty, based on her book Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife. Over 100 people attended the program, held at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, with about half that number learning about the Well for the first time. We are pleased that many of these newcomers have gone on to attend more Well programs.

What this means in 2018: Stay tuned for information about upcoming speakers.

-New participants: We’re excited to have welcomed 145 new participants to the Well in 2017.

What this means in 2018: Word is getting out! Please continue to share information about the Well and our events in person and on social media. We continue to listen to the needs of our participants and respond with programs that offer support to those of all backgrounds or beliefs. Have a question or suggestion? Call the office at 410-296-9355.

-New Programs/Mobile Well: We’ve had a great response to our new programs this past year, including our Mystics programs on Etty Hillesum and Saint Theresé, Midday Meditation, and Anam Cara, our clergy support group. We also offer a Mobile Well program that adapts and brings our programs to your organization or group. Please call the office at 410-296-9355 to learn more.

What this means in 2018: Join us for new programs on forgiveness, compassion, Martin Luther King Jr. and more. We’ve also added a Mid-Winter Renewal Day, which is similar to our popular Summer Soulstice program. Have a question or suggestion? Want to be on our mailing list? Call the office at 410-296-9355.

-You! We can’t say it enough – you are the Well. Every individual who comes to the Well, to serve, to be a presence in a program, and/or to provide financial support, makes an important contribution to the Well’s mission. Each offering is appreciated. We look forward to seeing you in 2018!


What did you love about Well for the Journey in 2017? What are you looking forward to at the Well in 2018? Let us know! Email Eleanor AT wellforthejourney DOT org.