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Here We Thrive consolidates MEND’s burgeoning intensive case-management services and is our most exciting intervention in the lives of those we serve. With the goal of individual and community resiliency in mind, we are combining the former Family Support Program and Pathways to Wellness and adding a new employment component to better serve the community in one hub. Here We Thrive is staffed with professionals willing and able to support participants through a process of uncovering and overcoming their (in many cases, long-term) challenges.
The previous iteration of these services, while appreciated by participants, did not deliver the tangible changes we desired. After a careful analysis, the failing we uncovered could be summarized as lack of full integration in services. Each service was dispersed from the other and operated in silos. Because MEND’s strategic plan makes a commitment to increasing participant independence and resilience, giving these services a second look and re-thinking how we deliver them for maximum impact, was important.
The program targets those MEND clients who live below the poverty line, with low levels of academic attainment, and with a desire to change their circumstances. Through Here we Thrive, our existing services are modified, integrated and enhanced with the addition of employment services.
When Vanessa first came to MEND, she felt anxious and alone in her personal struggles. While navigating through her own emotions, her family was also struggling to make ends meet. She shared her struggles with us which she had kept hidden from others in her life. With some guidance, Vanessa was able to earn her certification to be a caregiver and began setting money aside towards a new home.
For 15 years, Rosal and her family received services from MEND. “If MEND did not exist, my family on multiple occasions would have gone hungry,” Rosal shares. During their most difficult times, Rosal and her family knew they could always come to MEND for resources and support. “MEND has always been a pillar in the community. Since the beginning it has prioritized caring for people with dignity and care. I am forever grateful for what MEND has done, what MEND continues to do, and the positive impact it has in the Pacoima / San Fernando Valley.”