Service Overview: 4-Word Bound, Inc.

Changing weather patterns, including exceptionally heavy rain in short periods, climate change and temperature pattern changes, and other local environmental issues are evolving in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding communities. These conditions create ideal conditions for abundant (disease carrying) ticks and create an incubator for the formation and growth of mold inside and outside our structures (homes, schools, public buildings, offices).

These conditions breed a context for increasing challenges in the community. In response, we believe research is needed at this time. Research needs include:

  • Local studies are needed to predict and estimate the rate at which conditions are becoming more conducive to development and spread of these illnesses. This knowledge would serve as a guide to community leaders, care providers, clean-up and prevention technicians, as well as sources of funding for the related needs of the community.
  • Monitor and recommend studies that advance our knowledge of these illnesses and the most effective treatments.
  • Monitor or lobby for studies of environmental factors in specific locations that either mitigate or exacerbate community impacts, change and response (on the one hand) and diagnosis and treatment standards for individuals (on the other hand).

Approach

 

4-Word Bound, Inc., provides a bi-focal systematic approach addressing the challenges associated with mold toxicity and/or Lyme Disease. Our approach utilizes an operational structure that aligns and coordinates with services available in a community. The program delineates a bi-focal change plan or transition plan leading participants and participating communities toward wellness.

Our mission is to effect change: change in our awareness, perception, approach, and direction so that communities and individuals can sustain wellness.

The goal of 4-Word Bound, Inc., is to increase individual and community awareness of Lyme Disease and/or Mold Illness, reveal associated preventative measures, identify resources, assist participants to address and meet needs, and secure ongoing maintenance resources.

We work collaboratively with community members and professionals on behalf of individuals and communities. The operational model provides a collaborative and systematic approach, using methods that are master crafted to provide individuals and communities with the awareness needed to make informed decisions regarding an appropriate and effective path to wellness for individuals and for communities.

Our design, aligned with our specific operational style, provides a structure to inform both individuals and communities about mold related illnesses and Lyme Disease and provides applicable tools to address needs and provide support along the way.

 

Our Model

 

4-Word Bound, Inc., utilizes the S.T.O.P. model (Systematic Training in Operating Principles).  This model provides the structure for individualized and community awareness, practice, and program sustainability. Our staff uses this systems approach through operational practices in order to guide participants toward their goals.

4-Word Bound, Inc., uses a systematic model to provide a comprehensive array of service options, applicable tools, and resources as they relate to Lyme and mold related illnesses. The model has been proven in several contexts and across all demographic divisions. The workability of the model for goal achievement on both an individual and a community level has been proven and documented in goal achievement. It is recognized as an effective change management tool yielding positive outcomes. In other words, our staff uses a systems approach through an operational and collaborative practice in order to support individuals and communities along their journey to wellness.

 

Process

 

Individual Process

The process for working with an individual begins and ends with the individual. Our staff meets with interested individuals and explains comprehensively the service continuum offered. When the individual decides to engage, we provide a thorough assessment to identify the individual’s need. Then, together we delineate a 4-pronged plan.

Facilitators will assist each individual to map out a journey to recovery. Based upon that plan, 4-Word Bound staff will work with the individual to provide tools, resources, and information needed at each step of the way. During this shared journey, our staff will also provide an interactive monitoring tool and discuss with the individual any recommended and/or suggested changes that would strengthen the process. We believe that sometimes individuals need to take a detour from a charted course in order to most effectively reach their destination.

Many individuals desire the full continuum of services we offer. Others, however, may desire only one or more service phases. We would with participants to identify goals and to provide skill sets and resources needed for the chosen service track. We rely heavily upon each individual, the assessment tools, and the formation of a collaborative relationship to assist each person along the way to recovery.

Our staff will provide to each individual participant aligned service options and approach, and will assist the individual to address associated physical, mental and social goals and objectives. Our team exists to assist and support each participant to achieve what is needed. Each of our system tracks includes opportunities to address the entire and complete individual.

 

Community Process

Overwhelming and rapidly approaching climate change brings unprecedented community and individual challenges. A review of the nation’s past decade of natural disasters (hurricanes, wildfires, tick infestations, contaminated water, mold infestation, etc.) demonstrates that no community is immune to the effects of nature. Our mission is to assist communities to address this issue, albeit with only two factors. Our hope is that with such a preventative community approach, our homes, communities, and loved ones will be better prepared for unknown, yet predictable, forces.

4-Word Bound, Inc. has implemented a systemic model to assist communities to establish preventative and protective measures for their citizens. These efforts must begin with awareness of the environmental issues, misperceptions, and acceptance of the common belief that “it will all be fine.” Systemically, communities will benefit from consideration of adaptive models for existence. Examples of our preventative, restorative, and re-creative operational processes might include (but are not limited to):

  • Prevention strategies for protection of home, family, community members, economic, health, etc.
  • Protective policies
  • Community based committees, bodies, etc. addressing each systemic need as it relates to prevention, occurrence and restoration
  • Re-creation plan
  • Budgeting
  • Sustainability
  • Structural codes and design of schools, public buildings
  • Resilience plans
  • Evacuation
  • Policy review
  • Policy implementation on a local level

The whole is equal to the sum of its parts. The building process needs all community members accepting responsibility for our collective well being.

 

Service Tracks and Assistance Continuum

The following is intended as a snapshot of services we provide throughout each phase of our continuum of assistance. Each phase of our continuum offers a bi-focal influence upon choices about effective steps toward wellness. When working with an individual our primary focus is on that person. We also provide modified versions of each track within their communities. Our approach is designed to provide opportunities for increased awareness as it relates to mold and tick-borne illness, as well as preventive actions. Our goal ultimately is to serve each individual.

Realization

We believe that individuals make sounder and more effective decisions when provided with various points of view on a subject. 4-Word Bound will provide aligned and collected mission-related information and resources for individual and community consideration. We will align available information with community resources and assistance. Our promise to each participant is that we will walk each step of the way with him/her. The individual chooses his/her own level of participation.

We use a variety of tools and communication platforms, including social media, community awareness, event planning, media releases, blog and newsletters, to offer community members the opportunity to increase awareness regarding research findings and developing treatment options related to mold-related illness and Lyme Disease.

Restoration

The restoration phase of our continuum focuses on restoring aspects perceived to be missing in the individual’s existence. We offer the tools and resources needed by individuals to assist them in restoring lost capabilities, relationships, etc. These resources include support to restore finances, to restore affected structural damage and to rebuild family support.

Replenishment

This phase offers individual participants the opportunity, tools, and resources to replenish aspects of their lives damaged by illness and to fill personal voids. Our approach and service offerings include assistance with replacement of lost personal and family belongings, assistance with alternative arrangements aligned with health and wellbeing.

Re-Creation

The fourth stage, re-creation, is designed to facilitate and support individuals in recreating themselves. Mold and Lyme illnesses can affect individuals in a variety of adverse ways. Initially, during this phase we offer service systems and tools to re-define, align and set goals for personal maintenance.

 

Program Cycle: Birds of a feather flock together

 

Program Completion

When does a participant complete the program? Our continuum offers individuals opportunities and assistance to reach their goals as well as the support needed for maintenance. Like birds in flight, our hope is that individual participants will continue their relationship with 4-Word Bound, Inc. Although the individual path to healing and wholeness is effective, it is our hope that we can work collectively to improve impactful experiences for others, both on an individual and a community level.

 

How It Works

Each participant in the 4-Word Bound program and each community will have unique needs and challenges. Therefore, the journey through the program tracks must be unique for each. Yet there will be common threads that run through all programs. Further, each journey is an ongoing process. As milestones are achieved and needs change, the support and assistance needed can also be expected to change. With this in mind, we offer a glimpse into one possible journey as an example.

 

Individual Example

The steps for an individual participant might look something like this.

  • Understand one’s specific illness
  • Understand the help and resources available
  • Understand the various diagnostic and treatment alternatives
  • Evaluate alternatives and choose a course of treatment
  • Develop a rounded course of treatment in cooperation with appropriate local providers
  • Recognize the merits of complementary treatments and participate in defining and managing the chosen treatment plan
  • Identify resources to pay or to offset the costs of treatment
  • Inform and educate the community response team about the effectiveness of local providers and identify gaps that need to be bridged by the community by bringing competent providers to the area.
  • Find and connect with others in the community previously or currently in treatment for the same condition
  • Create or participate in forums for sharing coping and management approaches and emotional support

 

Community Example

The steps for a community might look something like this.

  • Understand the illnesses
  • Understand the scope of problems in the local community
  • Understand all community impacts of each illness
  • Develop the range of possible responses and what they would look like
  • Evaluate the merits of each of the possible responses
  • Develop a “change” plan to move the community forward in understanding, recognizing needed changes in policies, lobbying for the needed responses to make the community aware of and responsive to current and future needs
  • Gather the resources (financial, human, and legislative/administrative) needed to implement a community change plan that realigns these illnesses with mainstream medical practice in the community
  • Address issues related to availability of services to the marginalized
  • Inform and educate all in the community: individuals, local administrative and political agencies, elected officials, city/county planners, physicians to ensure a consistent and appropriate response to needs of community members
  • Work with Insurance companies, charitable financial resources, and municipal officials to ensure adequate funding for appropriate community action
  • Monitor planned actions and responses to ensure effective implementation.

 

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