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Counseling Agency Becomes WellSpring

May 3, 2010

A local non-profit counseling organization announced today that it is changing its name to WellSpring. The agency was started in the 1950s as Family Service Agency and offers counseling services on a sliding scale.

“This is an opportunity for people to better understand that counseling services are available to people of all income levels and are here to help individuals and families,” said Richele Shepard, WellSpring Executive Director. “It’s important that we clarify what we do so it’s understood we are an organization independent of government social services.”

WellSpring offers individual counseling, anger management therapy, couples therapy, life skills, child-parent interactive therapy (play therapy), rehabilitation, and parenting skills education.

WellSpring offers assistance to those seeking change in their life but struggling with housing issues through its St. Vincent House shelter. During WellSpring’s announcement, Brian of Springfield shared his story of homelessness, job loss, alcohol abuse and rehabilitation with attendees at WellSpring’s May 6 announcement and open house and credited the organization with his success.

“The WellSpring staff works tirelessly to improve the quality of life for adults and children in this community,” said Board President Rev. Cindee Johnson. “My own adopted daughter as well as countless others in a variety of difficult life situations have benefited from the caring and compassionate manner in which people are empowered for change. I believe the name change will make these vital services more apparent and accessible, impacting an even wider spectrum of the community.”

WellSpring is located at 15 E. Pleasant Street, Springfield and 1 Monument Square in Urbana. For more information, go to