Mario and Rose were first introduced to Masada’s Wraparound Program in October of 2019. At age sixteen, Mario had been dealing with feelings of depression and hopelessness, and fears that he would not live up to the expectations that he felt were placed on him.
Mario had suffered trauma and loss in his past, and he worried about losing his current guardian, Rose. When Rose would try to reach out to Mario, he would push her away. Finally, one fall day in 2019, Mario texted Rose to let her know he was in crisis and needed help.
From that moment, Mario began his path to hope and recovery from depression. Both Rose and Mario embraced the Wraparound Process, fully participating in all of the aspects of the program that strive to meet the needs of families and build upon their natural strengths and supports.
When Rose speaks of her experience with Masada’s Wraparound team, she appreciates how sensitive and understanding they were to hers and Mario’s needs. Rose said that Mario’s therapist was very patient and allowed Mario to set the pace. Over time, Mario became comfortable opening up to his therapist and they developed a trusting relationship. Rose said that Mario’s CFS was like a big sister to him, someone who he could look up to for encouragement. For herself, Rose felt that her Parent Partner was always happy to be there for her, and Rose always felt welcome to reach out for help, never feeling like she was a burden. Rose feels that the Wraparound Team truly cares about her and Mario, and she came to love each one of them.
Mario has made great progress and has graduated from the Wraparound Program. Rose reports that Mario continues to be an excellent student who looks forward to going to college. He is a member of the Boy Scouts of America, and is well on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. Masada is so very proud to have been a small part of Mario’s life. We know that Mario has what it takes to follow his dreams and reach his goals. We are happy to have been able to provide meaningful support during such a difficult time in their lives. Masada congratulates Mario and Rose on their hard work and commitment to the Wraparound process, and wish them both well in the future!
During the Months of January and February of 2020 clients at the Norwalk Adult Mental Health Treatment Center worked with the Masada Homes Occupational Therapy department to create an art wall to beautify the facility and to give it a welcoming and personal touch.
They were asked to choose a word or phrase for their artwork that described what they felt they had gained or learned during the course of their treatment. Each client was given paints and a canvas and allowed to choose from canvases of various sizes. Clients painted individually and during group sessions.
One of those clients was J., a quiet, soft spoken 18 year old female. J. suffers from severe anxiety and often needs frequent prompts to become involved with tasks around the facility, answers others in one or two words and has a habit of pacing and avoiding interaction with others. Recently, she was experiencing a setback in her treatment, exhibiting more frequent and pronounced pacing and bouts of emotional lability including crying for no obvious reason.
J. was initially resistant, but upon seeing the group painting and laughing she slowly joined the room and began to choose paints. With the help of her OT, Lauren, J was able to choose the word LIFE as the subject of her painting. During the project, J. was noted to be in a vibrant and gregarious mood compared to her normal demeanor and she expressed proudly to her OT, in a full sentence, that she loved painting and wanted to paint again soon.
Upon completion, the project was presented to the group and family members. Clients were given a microphone to share what their project meant to them. Unexpectedly J. volunteered first and with a big smile announced to the group that she was proud of her project and had chosen the word life because “life has its ups and downs.”
J. has had her ups and downs since then, but she has gravitated more towards art as a means to express herself and draw her into social engagement and group activities in ways she was not able to do previously.
17 year old G. H. has been receiving Individual Therapy, Psychiatric and Parent Partner services in our Rancho Cucamonga office. She was struggling with poor school performance, lack of relationship support, low self-esteem, negative self-talk, sleep disturbances and nightmares related to her past trauma. She was also dealing with medical challenges and was losing hope that she could live a normal life. G.H. was in treatment for 16 months, and offered her impressions of her treatment experience with Masada.