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$400,000 Donation Helps Wellspring Counter Wave of Domestic Violence Featured

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Thanks to a generous donation of $400,000 from the Sarah B. Foulke Charitable Fund, Wellspring can ensure privacy and special services for domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors at its Support Center, a dedicated wing of the new Wellspring building in Malta, off Northway Exit 12. 

Suzan Nolan, an advisor to the Sarah B. Foulke Charitable Fund, which is administered by The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, explained the rationale for the $400,00 gift. 

“Sarah understood that domestic violence statistics are not just numbers but represent an often-hidden reality for many friends, family members, neighbors, and colleagues,” said Nolan. “Financing the Wellspring Sarah B. Foulke Support Center in her memory was a terrific way of making Sarah’s volunteer work live on. We hope that the new wing will be a beacon to everyone who needs to escape an abusive situation, a safe space where they can begin to rebuild shattered lives and dreams.” 

Wellspring’s new Sarah B. Foulke Support Center has a separate private entrance, parking area, and waiting room. Abuse victims can access Wellspring client services safely and with complete confidentiality. 

To ensure client security, the Support Center entrance has a receptionist and full security system, including a panic button to call the police should an emergency arise, and locked doors that separate it from the more public areas of the Wellspring building. 

The Sarah B. Foulke Support Center has proven critically important for people fleeing situations worsened by the pandemic and lockdowns. It equips Wellspring to meet an increased demand for its services, as the number of domestic violence incidents in Saratoga County rose 22% over the five-year average, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. 

“We are grateful for the outstanding support we receive from this community and knew our construction efforts were ‘worth it’ when a new client said, ‘You walk into your new building and know that someone cared enough about you and this issue to make this building happen. You walk in here and feel like you matter. I have never felt safer’. We are here for her, and everyone like her, 24/7,” said Maggie Fronk, Wellspring’s longtime Director.

Wellspring’s services include meetings with clients individually or in groups at the Support Center for safety planning, legal advocacy, and financial and other counseling to assist domestic abuse survivors in building a future free of fear and violence. That’s where Sarah B. Foulke comes in. 

Sarah was a Saratoga Springs attorney and a dedicated, courageous, and caring woman who loved this community. As a member of Soroptimist International of Saratoga County, Sarah volunteered for Project Hope and Power, Wellspring’s financial literacy program designed to help clients learn how to be financially independent. Sarah helped pioneer this program because she understood financial constraints are a leading factor in preventing victims from leaving an abusive relationship. 

Wellspring’s Project Hope and Power supports victims (and their children) when they need to leave their homes. The program gives them money-management skills so they can run a household budget and provide for their children. It shows how to pay off debt accumulated by their abusers in their name, and how to apply for a car loan or mortgage, and how to set up a retirement account for their future. 

Anyone who finds themselves in an abusive situation at home can call Wellspring’s phone hotline for advice or immediate assistance, 24 hours per day, seven days a week, on 518-584-8188. The Wellspring Sarah B. Foulke Support Center is open from Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and after-hours for classes like Project Hope and Power. All services are free, non-judgmental, and confidential. More information about Wellspring can be found online at www.wellspringcares.org. 

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Those interested in contributing their legal expertise to Wellspring can contact Maggie Fronk at 518-583-0280 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Those interested in donating money to support Wellspring’s missions can contact Stevie Fellows at 518-583-0280 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More information about Wellspring’s Project Hope and Power can be found online at https://www.wellspringcares.org/project-hope-and-power/.

More information about The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region can be found online at www.cfgcr.org/

 

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