One of my favorite nonprofits in Oak Cliff is The Well. The Well is a faith-based organization whose mission is to “engage people with mental illness in a life-giving community of peace, love and hope.” I’ve been volunteering there for several years, and the Well Community’s friendship is priceless to my husband and me.

Serious mental illness affects more than 65,000 residents of Dallas, and The Well serves as an outreach to this often overlooked community. The Well is example of the backwards economy of loving others before yourself. You eat, talk and listen – but you’ll end up feeling more nourished and welcomed there than you ever expected. The Well has a unique philosophy of care, relational interventions, and holistic rehabilitation that touches the lives of those in Oak Cliff and beyond. In particular, their Saturday Night Life fellowship is a time of friendship and encouragement at Cliff Temple Baptist Church between Beckley and Zang. Each Saturday night, Well members gather together and local volunteers join them to prepare and serve a hot meal.

Mother Teresa said, “We can do no great things, just small things with great love. It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into doing it.” I’m humbled every time we have the opportunity to reach out, with great love, to our friends at the Well.

For more information about sharing life with the Well Community or volunteering, visit