- Written by Brittany Bonner, Springhouse Lead Grant Writer and Adult Programming Participant -
My journey with Springhouse began in 2016, when the Universe led me to Jenny at a community gathering, and she invited me to join the Well program for young adults. I had no idea what I was getting myself into and did not know any of the other participants yet knew on a deeper level that I needed to be there. The Well program opened up the barriers I had placed around myself, challenged old thought patterns and belief systems, and provided me with tools to continue this deeply important work. While the program was the most vulnerable experience I have ever had, the bond created with the other participants and leaders in that group was unparalleled. For the first time in my life, I felt truly seen, loved, and honored by a group of truly amazing people for exactly who I am. To this day, I still feel that same compassion and presence from each of them.
When I decided to take a break from my current work and explore my passion for grant-writing and non-profit development work, I knew that Springhouse would be a safe place to do so. I knew that I would be able to learn, make mistakes, and be fully supported and respected throughout the process. I would not be expected to show up with a perfectly-honed set of skills; I would simply be expected to show up with a commitment to the vision and the work itself. The Springhouse community offers a place to be invited outside your comfort zone and challenged to grow on all levels, yet it does so in a way that is compassionate, patient, and loving. Whether you are looking for soul work, or simply trying to explore your passions through working for an amazing organization, Springhouse offers a safe place to do so.
Now that I am a board member, I still feel the same sense of home and community that I have always felt at the school. I feel encouraged to grow on all levels, yet I feel welcomed and supported in doing so. Springhouse recognizes that every individual has gifts and specializes in supporting them in discovering those gifts. The work that Springhouse staff, families, and board members are doing for the students is so incredibly important. I appreciate that Springhouse also values the importance of doing this work with the adults in this community as well, so that we can be of better service to the younger generations. Springhouse is far more than a school, it is a community of empathetic and compassionate people whose commitment to transformation and growth can change the world.
Published on March 11, 2019