Our Mission, History, and Values


WellSurgent is a peer-operated North Carolina nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people with mental and substance use disorders. Through collaboration, education and training, WellSurgent provides peers, family members, and community support services the tools to live healthy, reduce stigma, and strengthen communities.

WellSurgent provides educational and support services regarding mental health, wellness and recovery in local communities. This mission is carried out by collaborating with other organizations to provide training opportunities and small group facilitation for people who live with mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities, TBI (traumatic brain injury), and substance use disorders. These services will also be made available to family members of these individuals and other interested stakeholders or organizations within these populations.


WellSurgent Corporation was officially incorporated as a North Carolina nonprofit organization in December 2016. But the seed that would become WellSurgent was planted long before 2016. In 2007, WellSurgent’s Executive Director Patty Schaeffer began her wellness and recovery journey. Through introspection, personal development, and support, she found employment at various behavior health providers across Western North Carolina. Patty expanded upon her work as a contract trainer with Partners BHM and Mental Health Association in Cleveland County.

After several years, she and her husband Ron realized they could do more for the community. WellSurgent was then launched to expand services and offerings.

WellSurgent has facilitated a variety of trainings, workshops and support groups with community partners across the state of North Carolina including: Communities in Schools, Lincoln County Schools, Gaston College, Cleveland County YMCA, ServiceSource, Coastal Horizons Center, Cherry Hospital, and NAMI. To learn more about some of our partners please visit our Community Partners and Peers page.

WellSurgent is authorized to provide a variety of curriculums that are recognized by leading organizations such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the National Council for Behavioral Health. In addition to these curriculums and approaches, WellSurgent has created its own unique curriculums drawing on a growing body of research in the fields of behavioral and mental health and substance use disorders. To learn more about the trainings and services offered please visit our Training tab or reach out directly at 828-999-4570.


Values help orient individuals, organizations, and communities. With a set list of values, one has a reference point to compare their actions, services, and interactions. What standards do we hold ourselves to and how does the world perceive us? As a nonprofit organization, we endeavor to conduct ourselves authentically. WellSurgent has identified the following values to enable us to better service others.

  • Hope
  • Responsibility
  • Compassion
  • Courage
  • Education
  • Self-Acceptance
  • Growth
  • Joy
  • Service