For Professionals

It is important for professionals to recognize that necessary paradigm shifts are one of the core features of Wraparound. The fundamental components to the Wraparound process are as follows:

  1. In Wraparound, the person/family directs the planning rather than the professionals directing the planning.
  2. Wraparound plans meet the needs of the person/family rather than the needs of the professionals.
  3. Wraparound plans are built on the strengths, culture and resources of the person, their family, their team and their community rather than being based upon a disease of pathology model.
  4. Wraparound plans are flexible and unique to each person/family rather than being set and categorical.
  5. Wraparound teams always include the person/family, their friends and relatives they want on the team, and the community support people and professionals they find helpful rather than the team being made of only the professionals involved.
  6. Wraparound teams initially meet every week or every other week until crises or safety issues for the person/family have been stabilized (and then usually once a month) rather than the usual case conferencing model that sees the team meeting only once every three months or so.

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Milo's Story

Every year when I was little, I’d think “this will be the year that everything will be okay”. And every year, I’d be crushed. By the time I was 18 I couldn’t take my dad’s drinking or my mom’s crying anymore, so I packed a knapsack with the warmest clothes I had and I left. It was freezing cold, and I was alone…but I was free.

The next few months were rough and at times very scary. I spent nights in parks, doorways and even under bridges all with just an old sleeping bag a friend had given me. One night it was so cold that I walked until the sun came up, afraid that I would freeze to death if I slept.

It took me awhile to get over the embarrassment to start asking people for money. But, it was swallow my pride or stay cold and hungry. After two weeks of doing this I learned about YSB. I didn’t know it then but, in that moment, my life changed for the better. I got connected to YSB’s Young Men’s Emergency Shelter and my first night in the shelter I slept 11 hours. I felt so safe and secure. I remember that moment clearly and I felt so hopeful I now have my own apartment in one of YSB’s long-term housing buildings, am attending college to become a graphic designer, and am working part-time to support myself.

“For the first time I can remember, I’m really excited about my future. Growing up I just thought about getting by one day at a time.” I hope my story conveys just how life changing it was for me to be able to access YSB’s shelter during a really difficult time in my life. The team at YSB supported me every step of the way, and I’m grateful they were by my side. I hope you’ll consider taking the opportunity to transform the life of another young person like me today.

Milo*

*While Milo’s story is real his name has been changed to protect his privacy