The Well is a faith based sober living environment. We are dedicated to assisting women in maintaining sobriety through building a relationship and dependency on Christ. We foster an environment that will help women in substance abuse recovery grow spiritually, mentally, financially, and socially.
My name is Jelee Purvis, I was born and raised in Vallejo California about 45 miles North of San Francisco. I have been married 16 years to Nathanial, and we are the proud parents of four children and four grandchildren. My family means the world to me and the reason why I can stand before you today and share my story. It was my love for them that motivated me to change my life.
I attended the Fashion Institute of design and Merchandising in San Francisco California where I received my degree in 2001. I then worked in the fashion and retail industry for 15 years. My journey took me to many places and never would I have imagined leaving fashion and retail and getting into the social services field. That’s when my assignment to help women with similar stories break free, was revealed to me. In my younger days I lived a life of chasing fast money, substance abuse, and alcoholism. This lifestyle took over my life in my mid 20’s. I faced many challenges and I can truly say I was lost and spiritually bankrupt. I spent 20 years running from my own fears, I buried childhood traumas, battled depression and low self- esteem. The struggle was real and
it was overtaking me and the substance abuse was to the point I had to ask myself these questions, “Jelee do you want to live, or do you want to die?”
In 2013 our family decided to move Tucson, Arizona, this relocation would prove to be a life changing and lifesaving decision for my family and I. It was here in Tucson that I began my fight to get my life back. I self- admitted to a detox facility and after discharge began attending Women’s AA Meetings. It was in these AA meetings that I began to hear the voice of God calling out to me. During the first 30 days of sobriety God impressed upon my heart, “You are going to work with women struggling with addiction.” It was at this point that I relied on the relationship I was building with God to help me navigate through this journey to sobriety. God placed women in my life who loved and supported me when I lacked the ability to love and respect myself. It took me six years to gain four years of sobriety. Through the support of the women of AA and the love and patience of my Heavenly Father, I remain sober today.
I understood early that it was important for me to give back and reach out to those women who are in the struggle. So, the beginning of my sobriety journey I volunteered at the YWCA’s Sisters Closet and worked as a SACASA Advocate. I earned my NAMI Peer Support Certification in 2018. I am currently employed as a case manager at a behavioral health agency where I work closely with the dually diagnosed SMI and substance abuse population. It is through this experience I have come to realize the need for faith based Sober Living for Women facilities in the city of Tucson
The Well Women's Serenity House is a 501 © (3) organization
John 4:14 - “But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”