The emergency shelter opened in 1989 on Morgan Street in Martinsville and provided basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, and referral to other local services. In addition to emergency shelter, the organization began offering transitional housing in 1996 when the Morgan County Commissioners, in conjunction with the Indiana Housing Finance Authority, provided the funding to purchase two off-site duplexes.
In 2002, the National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) donated the property located at 301 W. Harrison St. in Martinsville, Indiana. The following year, the United Way of Central Indiana provided a capital investment of over $2 million to remodel sections of the donated building. In addition to nine (9) emergency shelter units and fourteen (14) transitional housing apartments, the donated facility provided needed office space, community areas for residents and their families, conference and tutoring rooms, space for a resident computer lab, laundry rooms, food pantry, and enough ground for two children’s playgrounds.
In December of 2008, the agency began doing business as WellSpring. WellSpring’s mission has been able to grow beyond simple shelter as current services now include intensive success coaching (case management), employment assistance, life skills classes, mental health and substance abuse counseling, nutrition and parenting education, and educational tutoring for youth. These supportive services help residents stabilize their situations, increase their interpersonal skill level, and assist them in moving toward greater levels of self-sufficiency, all while enabling families to remain intact. WellSpring continues to be the only shelter in Morgan County and serves several surrounding counties.
Since 1988, WellSpring has helped thousands of Morgan County families find a way out of homelessness and have empowered them to create brighter futures for their children. Our mission is to give them opportunities to stabilize their lives by offering shelter, advocacy, support and paths to self-sufficiency.
WellSpring is three agencies in one as we not only provide emergency shelter, but also permanent supportive housing for qualified families at HopeSpring and a centralized location for resources, referrals and connections as the Community Service Center of Morgan County (CSCMC).