After losing both her parents, Elena’s older sister, Penelope, became the family’s primary caregiver. However, Penelope felt overwhelmed because of Elena’s anger issues. She didn’t know how long she could continue taking care of Elena, and considered putting her into foster care.

It was then that Elena was referred to Uplift Family Services’ Wraparound program, where she received mental health, intensive care coordination, family finding, and intensive home behavioral services. Both sisters enjoyed the activities and discussions during each meeting, and eventually, there was a noticeable change. Elena started attending all of her classes and was appropriately communicating with her sister, as well as other friends and family members.

After nine months together, staff were able to help the sisters’ achieve their long-term goals for stability, and Elena became another successful Uplift program graduate!