The Community Well is a non-sectarian community wellness center providing services to all members of the greater Lawrenceville community, which exists on the same footprint as the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville.
We believe that wellness involves body, mind and spirit, as well as a sense of belonging in community.
We believe that people thrive when they have a sense of purpose, and are engaged in serving the community as a whole. Hence our tagline: “Be well. Do good.”
The Community Well came into being when a church – The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville (PCOL) – began to listen to the needs of its community. PCOL, founded in 1698, is an “old church” with a “new edge.” During a strategic planning process in 2014, the church discovered that among the deepest needs of the people in the surrounding community were the need for connectedness and support in a time when fragmentation, chronic busyness, financial strain and overall stress abound. In 2016 the church formed a steering committee, hired a part-time Director, and began to build services within the existing building of the church. The church continues to refine and add to that program, to best fulfill the vision they had cast.The Community Well is a subsidiary program of the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, which is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit religious organization.
The Community Well is in the process of hiring staff in preparation for the grand re-opening of the expanded Community Well, sometime in early 2024. Our part-time Director is Karen Buda. The Center is also served by the entire staff of The Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, whose pastor is The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey A. Vamos.
Karen is a native of Rochester, New York, and a graduate of Smith College and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where she received her MBA. She served as a hospital administrator and medical group manager for 25 years in Boston, Philadelphia and Princeton. Since 2016, she has served as Director of The Community Well. She is also a member of the Board of the Greater Mercer Public Health Partnership.
Jeffrey A. Vamos
Jeff originally hails from Indiana, and received his BA from Duke University and his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Prior to arriving in New Jersey, Jeff served First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, CA for eleven years. Jeff completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC in May of 2014.