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Wellspring Clubhouse Dedicates Serenity Garden

On June 20, 2012, Penn Foundation’s Wellspring Clubhouse (700 S. Main Street, Sellersville)Garden Dedication dedicated its new Serenity Garden, a beautiful outdoor space where Clubhouse members, staff, and visitors can relax, meditate, and find peace. Souderton Boy Scout Benjamin Leidy chose to design and build the Serenity Garden for his Eagle Scout Award.

“At Wellspring Clubhouse, we promote holistic health – mind, body, and spirit,” says Lu Mauro, Director of Penn Foundation’s Wellspring Clubhouse. “In creating our Serenity Garden, it was our intention to provide an outdoor place where members and staff can ground themselves, experience beauty and the healing power of the natural environment, and honor the spirit of having hope and resilience. For some, it will be a respite from the busy-ness inside the Clubhouse; for others, it will be a place to pray, meditate, and reflect; still for others, it will be a place to celebrate and give gratitude.”

Leidy began working on the Serenity Garden in the fall of 2011. He worked closely with Landis Block and Concrete in Souderton, who generously donated paving stones and other materials needed for the project. It took 150 hours of planning and implementation, approximately 20 volunteers, and 6 months to complete the Serenity Garden.

“I want to thank my troop members, my family and friends, and all the volunteers who donated their time to help me,” says Leidy. “I had all the help I needed and more. It is very satisfying to see the Serenity Garden finished and people enjoying it.”

Serenity Garden 1 Leidy has been a Boy Scout for 7 years and is currently a member of Troop
401. The son of Susan Leidy-Slack and Lorne Slack, he will be a junior at
Plumstead Christian School in the fall.

Founded in 1994, Wellspring Clubhouse is a voluntary rehabilitation
program based on the original “Clubhouse Model” developed by
Fountain House in New York City in 1948. The purpose of the
Clubhouse is to promote recovery and instill hope among members with mental health and/or co-occurring substance use challenges. The Clubhouse Model features member leadership and involvement in all aspects of the program. Members work side-by-side with staff as colleagues to run the program, to learn or teach skills, and to offer support and resources needed to achieve a satisfying and improved quality of life in the community.

Founded in 1955 and located on a 30-acre campus in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, Penn Foundation is a not-for-profit organization providing innovative services to address the mental health, substance use, and intellectual disability needs of individuals in our community. The agency serves over 10,000 children, adolescents, and adults each year, offering a wide-range of distinct programs designed to meet various types and levels of mental, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual healthcare needs. Penn Foundation’s tradition of compassionate care combined with a strong belief in the healing power of hope and the possibility of recovery enables it to help individuals navigate their lives with confidence, conviction, and courage. For more information, visit www.PennFoundation.org.

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