A Transitional Residence Program for Women

About Us

Wellsprings is a nonprofit charitable organization that offers transitional housing and supportive services for unaccompanied women who are experiencing homelessness. 


“Wellsprings provides a safe, nurturing environment for women who were homeless or abused, helping them to become independent, contributing members of our community.”

What We Do

Wellsprings is a work focused program that offers holistic programs that consist of body, mind and spirit. It also provides education and life skills training in a safe, affirming environment. The  women have an opportunity to develop the skills they need so they are empowered to reach their potential. The program provides an individualized action plan that includes goal setting, time and financial management/accountability, individual and group counseling sessions, and agency sponsored workshops. Wellsprings serves women between 25-50 years old; women over 50 are considered on a case by case basis. The program strives to encourage, motivate, and support the women so they can focus on making positive lifestyle changes that will benefit their lives for years to come.


Wellsprings was founded in 1988 by two Dominican Sisters, Sr. Rita Owens, O.P. and Sr. Justin Farinella, O.P. Having studied local services available to homeless and abused women, they found the need for an environment that was conducive for the women to make positive life-style changes. Wellsprings became the answer to that need and has assisted hundreds of women in its history.


Wellsprings is a tax exempt, tax deductible 501(c)(3) organization which is governed by a eight member Board of Directors. Although founded by Srs. Owens and Farinella, Wellsprings is not owned, operated, governed or funded by either the Catholic Diocese of Galveston-Houston or the Dominican Sisters of Houston.


Wellsprings owns 3.059 acres of land in southwest Houston. This location, known as the Wellsprings Village, includes eight family-style homes; six are used for transitional housing,  one is used for administrative & program offices and the remaining home is used for meetings, classes, and counseling; a computer lab and clothes closet is also housed in this building. At maximum capacity 40-44 women can be served at any given time. 

Financial/Fundraising Information

Funding is received from government grants, special event income, annual fundraising from individuals, foundations, church groups, and corporations. Wellsprings manages to control costs through the use of a limited central administration, which operates with minimum staff.