White River Wraparound-Elevators, etc.

May 29, 2018

In the spring of 2017, I found myself riding up and down an elevator with unique assortments of toys, furniture, books, and office supplies. It was one of those rare slow-going, open-faced elevators, and it required not only a key, but asked that you hold down a button for the duration of your journey. To put it lightly, I was enthralled. Despite aiming for a good impression with my employers that day, who had hired another skills worker and I a few weeks previous, I found every opportunity I could to ride that spellbinding platform.

We were moving to our new location, of course. The White River Wrap would no longer have to ignore periodic “Choo-Choos”, or manage what I can only imagine were exceptionally stressful adventures (as a community-focused program for children with trauma, located inside an active, old-school train station). I could tell you about how our office now has more space and resources, but all I feel I need to tell you is this: it’s on the second floor too, and the new elevator has a ceiling.

While the changes since then might not be as acute as this one, I must admit they have in no way slowed down. Since that time we’ve added two skills workers, seven kiddos, and a whole lot of busy. Through ARC trainings and casual check-ins, hardships and success stories, and all the rest that can accompany this work, our small team has grown closer and more effective (even though one of our two expert case managers is currently out on maternity leave–the nerve).

A few year ago, this program consisted of a single case manager, and a visiting regional director. There was no office, and for a time, only one kiddo. In how I’ve heard it described, it sounds like a roving, abstract concept: to say that our relationships with the families, schools, and community organizations have expanded and strengthened is an understatement. Where we are now, and where we might be going, is the result of a team and company that so passionately believe, if you want to make an impact, you can never stop learning, and never stop changing. The new elevator helps too.

Submitted by Reece Macrae