We are so passionate to see women and children who have been directly affected by domestic violence walk in freedom.
We are a faith-based charity that aims to provide a safe, peaceful, loving place of refuge to women and women with children who have been emotionally, physically or sexually abused in the privacy of their own homes. The refuge is open to all women and women with children regardless of their beliefs, it is open to all faiths and none. We will partner with suitable agencies to further their restoration and growth.
We’ve been offered a building under very favourable terms, enabling us to provide these much needed services. While taking refuge with us for up to a maximum of six months we will offer many services.
We aim to provide accommodation to ten families at a time.
We will provide clothing and food. All of our vegetables are grown in the refuge garden on the property.
We will have a baby / child play area designed specifically to suit their needs.
We will facilitate transport and accompaniment to court hearings, solicitors, counselling and social welfare services.
We will have a full programme of courses and classes available to our residents.
Martha McGee - Founding Director and CEO of The Wellspring of Life Refuge. She is a mother and grandmother. She has over twenty-years experience in banking mostly in Governance and Compliance. She has been a ministry leader in a large Dublin city-centre church. She has over five years’ experience in women’s ministry and pastoral care. She holds a Diploma in Compliance in banking and is currently writing a dissertation as part of a master’s programme in Transformational Leadership with IBI Dublin/University of York. She is the Author of "Not Created to Hide, A journey to Hope", a book of poetry which has been written specifically to raise funds for the refuge through donations. She is passionate about helping women that have been affected by domestic violence and is currently working in the North Dublin City and County to bring practical help and hope to women who are in domestic violence situations during this pandemic.
Mari Ogwokahademe - Is a Social Worker, wife, and mother, who is passionate about women’s issues and has worked in this area for a number of years prior to joining Martha and the Women’s Ministry Team in St. Marks, where she worked in women’s ministry for three years. Mari is an energetic, hard working woman who has caught this vision and has a keen desire to see it become a reality.
Obi Nwana - Is married with two children and has considerable experience working with immigrant youth groups. Obi is an experienced corporate communications and social care worker and is currently a project worker with the Peter McVerry Trust. He holds B.A. Hist., H. Dip. Prof. Social Care; Dip. Christian Ministry and Cert. in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Joanie Reilly - Holds a degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a diploma in counselling supervision. She is fully accredited with IACP in both counselling and supervision. She has over 11 years counselling experience, including five and half years in front line suicide intervention with Pieta House, Lucan, Clondalkin and Tallaght. She now directs her own successful general practice in Naas, Co Kildare, Ireland, Alpha Counselling where she works in connection with several doctors, and the EAP provider PPC. She also is a therapist with Towards Healing. She also lectures and teaches and has had three articles published in the last three years along with several radio interviews.
Dr David Weakliam - Is Director of the HSE Global Health Programme and has worked in global health and development for more than thirty years, including twelve years living in Africa and Asia. David currently manages collaboration programmes with Irish Aid and with Ministries of Health in Mozambique, Ethiopia, Sudan and Zambia.
David has extensive governance experience with Irish and international organisations. In Ireland, he has served as a Director with several charities including Tearfund Ireland, Nepal Leprosy Trust Ireland, Cherish International, the Irish Global Health Network and St Mark’s Church. Internationally, he has been a Board Member and Chair with the European ESTHER Alliance and the Global Health Workforce Alliance.
How can I help?
Volunteers are a vital part of the Wellspring of Life, providing essential services to make the refuge a success. Contact us today and take part on this journey to hope!