Wellspring Women's Center

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$31,359 raised by 207 donors

100% complete

$30,000 Goal

Wellspring Women's Center was founded by two social workers who regularly witnessed the effects of poverty on women.  They created a drop-in center in the Oak Park community of Sacramento where women and children are encouraged to recognize their innate goodness.  Wellspring is a small but formidable force in the Oak Park community. Our drop-in center provides respite and services with 'hospitality with dignity and love.'   All women and children are welcome.  There are no eligibility barriers.  Guests are diverse in age, personal background, and ethnicity.  Wellspring Women’s Center serves as a refuge and a source of hope for all who walk through our doors.  All our services are provided free of charge.

Wellspring is supported entirely through individuals, corporations, community service groups, schools, foundations, and over 100 volunteers for the smooth operation of our center and programs.  Wellspring Women's Center operates with minimal government funding, allowing the center to avoid eligibility requirements that create roadblocks to women and children seeking services. 


Wellspring Women's Center is a nondenominational, nonprofit organization founded in 1987 by two Sisters of Social Service with the mission to "nurture the innate goodness and personal self-esteem of women and their children, and to do so within an atmosphere of hospitality with dignity and love."


Unrestricted funding allows Wellspring Women's Center to pay salaries, facilities costs, and other costs not eligible for other types of funding. Funds allocated as “unrestricted” also provide our organization with the flexibility to support each of our programs equally. We also value in-kind donations, especially donations of survival supplies, yarn, and food.

Our Nutritious Meal Program serves a nutritious breakfast and light lunch to 150-300 women and their children each weekday. With the support of our community, we are able to fight malnutrition in a communal atmosphere of beauty.

Wellspring's Safety-Net Services Program provides our guests with essential survival supplies and resources to increase the health and wellness of our community. Thanks to our community partners and donors, guests of Wellspring have access to formula, diapers, hygiene supplies, and transportation assistance.

The Women’s Wellness Program provides counseling, case management, health and wellness, education, and other support for our guests.

Our Art of Being program offers participants expressive therapy through creativity. Workshops are offered that focus on utilizing art as a tool for healing, reducing isolation and loneliness, and increasing the self-compassion of our guests.

Wellspring's Children's Corner Program allows the children of our center a space of their own to connect and participate in supervised play, educational activities, get creative, and just be kids!

Through the generosity of our community Wellspring Women's Center champions compassionate care for vulnerable women and children.

Equity Statement

Wellspring Women’s Center is committed to a mission of “hospitality with dignity and love.”

For more than 35 years we have opened the doors of our drop-in center and welcomed women and children into our beautiful space. Our “welcome” is grounded in the work of antiracism and the reality that so many systems continue to be far from welcoming – especially for the most vulnerable in our community. Systemic barriers and policy failures have perpetuated inequities resulting in painful conditions of poverty and exclusion.

At Wellspring Women’s Center our “welcome” means that all women and children can walk through our doors and receive services – no questions asked.

Our “welcome” means we listen. To listen is challenging, asking us to relinquish the need to prove ourselves through speeches, arguments, statements or declarations.

True listeners are patient – free to receive, to welcome, to accept. Listening is intimate -- paying full attention to others, welcoming them into our very being. The beauty of listening is that those who are listened to start feeling accepted, begin taking their words more seriously and discovering their own true selves.

At Wellspring Women’s Center, listening to women and children who are frequently disregarded and marginalized is our priority practice in equity-based services.

Organization Data


Organization name

Wellspring Women's Center

other names


Year Established


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Human Services

Operating Budget

$500,001-$1 million

Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted, Funding: Program, In-Kind Donations, Board Members, Volunteers

Demographics Served

Youth & Children, Women/Female-identifying, Homeless/Underhoused/Unhoused

BIPOC Leadership

Executive Director/CEO

Local Counties Served


Equity Statement

Equity Statement


3414 4th Ave
Sacramento, CA 95817

Service areas

Sacramento, CA, US





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