History

Well Being Development is a 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit organization incorporated in the State of Minnesota in June 2010.

Our history begins in the summer of 2008 when a group of people in our community investigated the needs of people in the area who have chronic, severe mental illness and discussed increasing the services and resources available to them. Two years later, with the support of local health and service providers, a diversity of community members, and prospective clubhouse members, Well Being Development was formed.

The first major initiative of Well Being Development was to launch the Northern Lights Clubhouse, an evidence-based program to help adults living with mental illnesses achieve hope, dignity and their own social, financial, educational, and vocational goals. The program was founded in 2011 and includes health, wellness, and skill-building related programming as well as a supportive social community.

Ely Behavioral Health Network (BHN) was established in 2014 to identify behavioral health care needs in the Ely area and work with local organizations to encourage increased services to meet those needs. Activities include providing community education and behavioral health screening, streamlining healthcare referrals, implementing cross-agency data sharing, and advocating to expand treatment options in the Ely area.

Pathways to Wellness began to offer service referral and benefit navigation to vulnerable community members from a trained Community Health Worker in 2016. Pathways to Wellness operates following an inter-agency hub and spoke model, with care navigators housed at four other community organizations. This program is supported by a Community Wellness Fund that provides micro-grants to meet the basic needs of our target population.