Wellspring Center for Prevention

Promoting the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities
through the prevention of addiction-related problems across the lifespan.

Our Story

Wellspring Center for Prevention has provided addiction and recovery services in the form of training and education since 1980. We are proud to work as a nonprofit, community-based health organization in Middlesex and Monmouth and surrounding counties.

Our mission: Wellspring Center for Prevention is a nonprofit agency dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals, families, professionals, and communities through quality prevention and intervention services. Our programs promote sound mental health, effective family functioning, and awareness of the devastating effects of substance misuse and dependency

Our staff members visit local schools, attend community events, speak at professional development seminars, and publish relevant blog content in an effort to shed light on the devastating effects of substance misuse and addiction.

We also aim to serve as a resource to individuals, families, and organizations that have been impacted by substance abuse. Through our help line and online self-help tool, our Preventionists can help you or your loved ones find an appropriate addiction recovery program, and gain the necessary knowledge and tools to face the challenges associated with alcohol and drug misuse.


Our mission is to prevent substance abuse in our community by providing educational programs for healthcare professionals, educators, parents, students, and seniors. Our staff members visit local schools, attend community events, speak at professional development seminars, and publish relevant blog content in an effort to shed light on the devastating effects of substance misuse and addiction.

Wellspring Center for Prevention provides substance abuse prevention, education, information, and referral services to county residents, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, municipal alliances and social service agencies. Wellspring is supported by grants, contracts and generous contributions from public and private donors. As a result, many of our services are offered to the public at no cost. We believe that drug and alcohol use should be talked about in a non-judgmental and educationally sound way so that all who seek guidance can be empowered to make informed decisions. Our services are professional, confidential and affordable. We’re here to help you.

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Wellspring Center for Prevention is a recognized leader in community and school-based education programs about alcohol and drug abuse prevention. People who call has for help with substance abuse-related issues receive professional assistance that leads to treatment, and recovery. Wellspring receives grant funding for many of its programs but also relies heavily on philanthropic support from individuals, corporations and foundations to develop and deliver affordable programs that meet the ever-changing needs of the communities we serve. Why not consider making a donation today to help support our mission.

Our Team

Meet The Team Leadership

Wellspring Center for Prevention is powered by a dedicated group of professionals who work together to build healthy communities. Our staff members are committed to providing the best services to those in need throughout New Jersey.

All of our staff members play an important role to accomplish our mission, which involves helping substance users enter a recovery program, educating parents on effective prevention techniques, presenting addiction research in various county schools, and more.

We are proud of our diverse, engaged team, all of whom are committed to building a happier, healthier community.


Ezra Helfand, BA - Executive Director/CEO


Lizette Fallon, BS - Director of Finance


Lauren Balkan, MSW, LCSW - Deputy Director – Wellspring School-Based Clinical Services


Helen Varvi, M. Ed., CPS - Deputy Director

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Our elected Board of Trustees advises and governs Wellspring Center for Prevention to promote and support our mission of prevention, education, and advocacy. These individuals represent the best leadership from different economic, social and professional communities in the Middlesex County region. Like our staff member and volunteers, Wellspring’s Board Members are deeply invested in the health of our local community and the success of our organization’s initiatives.

The Board's major responsibilities include

The Board’s major responsibilities include:

  • Strategic planning and mission development
  • Formulation and oversight of policies and procedures
  • Financial management, including adoption and oversight of the annual budget
  • Selection and supervision of the CEO/Executive Director
  • Review of organizational and programmatic reports, ensuring work of the agency is in service of its mission
  • Promotion of the organization
  • Fundraising and outreach

Our Accomplishments

Accomplishments and Events in 2017

Several agency staff joined and became integral members of statewide, county, and local organizations, impacting substance use prevention efforts everywhere. These included presentations on topics such as bullying prevention and the latest drug trends in area schools and communities. As a result of successful Fee for Service Programs, the agency was able to implement education programs and presentations in more communities than ever.

We expanded our footprint by opening an office in Monmouth County to service that county’s grant, and deliver local programming there.

Some of the main events the agency implemented in 2017 included:

  • The annual Tree of Hope event which recognized the Rutgers Recovery and the first-ever recipients of the agency’s Recovery Recognition Award.
  • The annual Young Women’s Conference
  • The annual Middlesex County Prevention Education Summit
  • Town Hall meetings
  • Fatherhood-targeted events

For the Media

Pathways is Recipient of 2018 Ambassador Award

Pathways is Recipient of 2018 Ambassador Award

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health Stigma presented 10 Ambassador Awards to “School Based Professionals” whose work best exemplifies...

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It’s Time Again to Clean-Out Your Medicine Cabinet

It’s Time Again to Clean-Out Your Medicine Cabinet

On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. many local agencies will team-up with the Drug Enforcement Administration to give the public its...

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Piscataway Library to Display Students’ Award-Winning Contest Submissions

Piscataway Library to Display Students’ Award-Winning Contest Submissions

The Piscataway Township Public Library will present an art show that displays winning works by middle school students in Middlesex County. The “Be Smart about Medicine”...

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Our Affiliations

The Wellspring Center for Prevention is proud to be affiliated with the following organizations

By unifying the voices of the 45 million American families directly affected by addiction Facing Addiction with NCADD is turning the tide on addiction.

The New Jersey Prevention Network is dedicated to prevention and early intervention for alcoholism, tobacco, and other drug abuse

The Center's mission is to build the power of the non-profit sector to improve the quality of life for the people of New Jersey.

The New Jersey Division for Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) utilizes data from emerging science to offer effective, outcome oriented treatment and use its resources to support consumers in achieving wellness and recovery.