The Orchard is participating in the 2018 Give to Lincoln Day!

Give to Lincoln Day is sponsored by the Lincoln Community Foundation, in partnership with local sponsors and local nonprofit organizations. Every donation we receive on Give to Lincoln Day will be increased by a proportional match from the $400,000 challenge match fund!

That means that your donation to support Wellbeing Initiative and the Orchard program will have even MORE impact when it is made through our Give to Lincoln day page throughout the month of May!

You can also donate in person on May 31 by cash or check at one of the three donation stations listed below:

  •  Lincoln Community Foundation office, 215 Centennial Mall South, from 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Tower Square, 13th & P Streets, from 10:00am to 2:00pm
  •  West Gate Bank, 6003 Old Cheney Road, 9:00am to 4:00pm

Checks must be made to “Lincoln Community Foundation” with Wellbeing Initiative’s name in the memo line.

Who We Are

Wellbeing Initiative is a non-profit organization developed, driven, and run by peers. By offering a variety of on-site trainings, peer-support opportunities, and community involvement, Wellbeing Initiative aims to encourage our community of peers to reach beyond themselves to find purpose and potential in the challenges we face.

We have recognized a need in our community and strive to meet that need through peer support. Peer Support is an approach to recovery in which people with lived experience of mental health challenges learn and grow together in a recovery focused environment.

Peer Support Specialists are people with lived experience of mental health challenges who have received intensive training and have completed the certification process to be a certified Peer Support Specialist in the state of Nebraska. As a Peer Support Specialist they are able to promote wellness and recovery through mutual relationship.

Through this social connection, people with mental health challenges are encouraged to develop skills in a non-clinical environment that fosters the growth of natural support networks. This, in turn, allows us to interact more fully with the community, navigate education, employment, and health resources more effectively, and exercise self-advocacy.


The Mission of Wellbeing Initiative is to empower individuals living with mental health challenges to reach their fullest potential. We strive to do this by supporting our member’s right to be the expert in their own recovery.


The Vision of Wellbeing Initiative is to provide our members with access to comprehensive programs, education, and opportunities for growth that will produce a well-established community of peers capable of affecting positive change and growth in mental health services across the state.

Values Philosophy

The Values Philosophy of Wellbeing Initiative is based in the belief that a well-informed, adequately supported, and purpose-driven community of peers will result in a higher quality of life, greater independence, and more effective use of professional services. Wellbeing Initiative is striving to provide alternatives to higher levels of care, fight stigma, address institutionalized thinking and language, and promote self-advocacy.

“I could walk a mile in your shoes. But I already know they’re just as uncomfortable as mine. Let’s walk next to each other instead.”

– Lynda Meyers

What We Do

It is the goal of Wellbeing Initiative to positively affect mental health services in Lincoln, and across the state, by developing and implementing programs designed to build a well-informed community of peers committed to recovery.

The Orchard

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:

10 am – 8 pm

Thursday: Noon – 8 pm

Sunday: Closed

The Orchard strives to connect anyone facing life with mental health challenges to a community that empowers recovery. It is an incredibly exceptional opportunity to create genuine connections with others who have shared experiences with mental health, addiction, and trauma.

Certified Peer Support Specialists

Community of nearly 1500 members

Support Groups, Events & Activities

Trauma Informed, Individual Driven

Peer Education

Wellbeing Initiative believes that one of the greatest tools any individual can be equipped with is information. A community of educated, driven peers has the potential, not only to experience life to its fullest on an individual basis, but to contribute to the greater conversation surrounding mental health on local, state, and national platforms. This begins with access to quality trainings, workshops, and conferences.

Ongoing monthly trainings in:

  • Compassion Fatigue & Vicarious Trauma
  • Leadership Development, Conflict Resolution
  • Facilitating Peer Led Support Groups
  • …and many more!


Wellness Recovery Action Plan

Peer Support & Wellness Specialist Training

A variety of guest speaker, workshops, and presentations

Administrative Team

Skylar Linn

Executive Director


Karen Soucie

Training & Development Coordinator


Ryan Conrad

Orchard Site Manager


Wellbeing Initiative, Inc.

1311 M Street Suite G

Lincoln, NE 68508


The Wellbeing Initiative

The Wellbeing Initiative

1311 M Street Suite G

Lincoln, NE 68508, USA

Wellbeing Initiative and its programs are supported by grants from: