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 siloes. 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 desire to change their circumstances. Through Here we Thrive, our existing services are modified, integrated and enhanced with the addition of employment services.

  • Pathways to Wellness focuses on the chronic health conditions that effect a person’s maximum functioning with an overall goal of developing healthier lifestyle and even passing those habits on to their children.
  • Connections: Resource Coordination focuses on supportive service resource coordination, goal setting and achievement in selected domains. 
  • Gateways: Employment Services includes transitional work experience (T-WEX) for participants placed at MEND through external paid work experience programs, job readiness, placement, retention and advancement services.

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