How do you work?
Practitioners and educators in the fields of holistic health care, family services and integrated well-being rent our private offices and classrooms to host their services and classes. Families and individuals in the community come to the center to take classes and attend sessions with practitioners. Community Well offers both the clients and practitioners a warm and welcoming space, centralized outreach and a network of families and professionals for resource sharing and community building.
Who do we serve?
Community Well is a center for individuals, families and couples from all social and economic backgrounds. We make every effort to support anyone that wants healing and holistic wellness or pregnancy support.
Are you a non-profit or not?
Community Well is a for-profit social enterprise. That means we are legally set up as a small business with a mission that helps the community at large. The Community Well Fund is a non-profit and they are not in charge or running the center, only providing financial aid for those who need it.
Wait, do you make money?
The rent that practitioners pay to use the space goes towards covering the cost of keeping the center open. The Leadership Team of Community Well currently does not get paid for their work, they get free rental space in exchange. The Community Well Fund board of directors are all volunteers.
How does payment work?
Community members pay practitioners directly for the services rendered; the center does not have a central payment system. Practitioners have a variety of methods for taking payment that include cash, check, Paypal, etc.
Who gets scholarships?
Community Well Fund, provides scholarships for lower-income local families to access services at Community Well who would otherwise not be able to afford them. This non-profit is a fully separate entity from Community Well, managed by a volunteer board of dedicated, skilled community members.
The Community Well Fund has an application for Financial Aid that any family or individual can fill out. They use confidential and standard measures to determine who qualifies. That information is not shared with the practitioners or the Leadership team to keep things fair and safe for everyone. The Fund distributes financial aid based on how much money they fundraise for their “well”. The financial aid goes directly to the family or individual towards the fees of classes and services at Community Well.
How did you pick the Fund's board?
The Community Well Fund board of Directors was selected under the leadership of Board President Lesly Simmons and is made up of skilled and dedicated members of the community.
How is that board different from the advisory board?
The Community well Fund board members are the people responsible for the Fund and have a very specific mandate: to maintain a scholarship fund and distribute those funds appropriately. They also host limited free family programming at Community Well. The Advisory Committee is a volunteer group of interested community members that advise both the Leadership Team of Community Well and the board of the Fund based on their experience and perspectives. they meet four times per year and represent other community organizations, neighbors, local schools and practitioners.
What are your metrics for success this year, in two years, in five years?
Community Well was born out of a collective vision for a healing center in the Excelsior District shared by dozens of people. With a limited grassroots fundraising campaign, our first sign of success in the first year will be keeping our doors open and making our monthly rent payments. After that we have hopes of serving more and more individuals, measuring the quality of the services provided through surveying all of our clients. In five years we envision a bustling center, radiating joy and well being all across the city!
What exactly makes you culturally competent?
The Community Well leadership team and the CW Fund’s Board are all comprised of people who have lived many years in San Francisco and represent many of the cultural and ethnic groups living here in the southern neighborhoods. The overwhelming majority of our practitioners live in the area, grew up here, have kids in school here or have worked extensively with families in the southern neighborhoods. Many of our practitioners are bilingual and have experienced life in SF as an immigrant or with immigrant parents.