About The Wellspring

Changing our Community

One Life At A Time

The Wellspring Building

The Wellspring is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1931. With more than 90 years of experience serving Northeast Louisiana, we are one of the state’s oldest, most effective and most trusted nonprofits.

As a multifaceted organization, serving the people of Northeast Louisiana by providing the resources they need to address and solve the problems they’re facing today – whether that be homelessness, sexual assault, domestic violence, life transitions, relational struggles, youth development and more.

More than 90 Years of Memories & Milestones

Our History

Our rich legacy and history, including our conception during the Great Depression and our historic headquarters located at 1515 Jackson Street (the Luther B. Hall Home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in America), is an important part of our story.

Initially, The Wellspring was founded to serve young women moving to Monroe to work or attend school with safe/clean housing, recreational/personal development, and leadership opportunities.

In the early 1980’s, we began serving victims of sexual assault and opened the Mary Goss Battered Women’s and Children’s Shelter. The 22-bed facility is the only safe shelter for the survivors of family violence in a nine-parish area of Northeast Louisiana.

The Wellspring History

In the 1990’s, the agency’s services grew to include comprehensive and integrated services for men, women, and children of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds to fulfill its mission of strengthening and valuing family, including expanding the telephone crisis intervention program establishing the SAFE Task Force, expanding to rural parishes in Northeast Louisiana, and opening the Counseling and Family Development Center.

In the early 2000’s, The Wellspring continued its expansion into rural areas to broaden its reach, launched programming to serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness, formed the Sexual Assault Resource Team, and established the SAFER Task Forces. In 2005, The Family Justice Center (FJC) of Ouachita Parish, a one-stop shop for survivors of domestic violence, was created as one of the first 15 FJC’s in the nation. Toward the end of the decade, The Wellspring formed the Family Visitation Center, the area’s only supervised visitation center for non-custodial parents and their children, in an effort to foster safe and healthy parent-child relationships. This program would go on to garner national recognition and the expertise of program staff would help to shape the best practices and guiding principles of this work for the Office on Violence Against Women and programs across the country. This decade also marked the beginning of the agency’s extensive work serving Veterans experiencing homelessness.

2011 marked the opening of the historic Keller House, a seven-unit transitional housing facility for survivors of domestic violence who are also experiencing homelessness. During this decade, The Wellspring received national recognition for their work with intimate partner violence, being cited in a report prepared by the Office of the Vice-President of the United States to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, and was selected by the Office on Violence Against Women as one of 20 sites nationwide to be part of a tour celebrating this anniversary. The Wellspring also launched an innovative and multi-disciplinary program seeking to identify victims of domestic violence who are at the highest risk for lethality, implementing an Advocate Initiated Response process to connect these victims to services and safety.

The COVID-19 Pandemic wreaked havoc on The Wellspring and Northeast Louisiana as it did every corner of the globe and the agency was called upon even more greatly to serve those in need and address the challenges that face our community. We were called to think outside the box, to innovate, and to come up with creative ways to continue to provide critical and essential services to those most in need, and those who came to find themselves in need due to circumstances surrounding the global pandemic and our area’s natural disasters. Thankfully our organization was well-positioned to immediately begin providing services remotely as our therapists were among the first to be certified in providing tele-mental health. They were able to assist other staff in providing services remotely when face-to-face interactions were not possible.

In addition to the challenges brought forth by the pandemic, The Wellspring was significantly impacted by the Easter Sunday tornadoes that trampled Northeast Louisiana, with six of our facilities extensively damaged. However, the year was one filled with not only trials but triumphs when the agency was awarded one of only 26 highly competitive demonstration projects from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. The Heal, Overcome, Persevere, Emerge empowered (HOPE) Program, seeks to prevent future domestic violence by providing trauma-informed services that address the needs of children exposed to violence and their non-abusing parent, helping them to restore HOPE. And finally, one of the most noteworthy accomplishments of The Wellspring’s 90+ year history came in 2022 when the agency was recognized for doing compassionate, needle-moving work to help individuals and families achieve stability by one of the world’s most esteemed philanthropists, Jeff Bezos and his Day 1 Families Fund. The honor and credibility that comes with having our work recognized in such a significant way at the national level is immeasurable. This $1.25 million leadership award helped launch the development of our ambitious 2023-2026 Strategic Plan which will guide and direct our work as we step into the future, cultivating peace, home and security for Northeast Louisiana.

While we’ve been serving Monroe and Northeast Louisiana for more than nine decades, we don’t live in the past. We constantly have one eye on the future and continuously evolve our services, programs and partnerships to meet the needs of our clients today.