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CFSS Pillars of Support

Pillars of Support

To help us work in harmony with our vision and values, we developed a unique approach called the “Pillars of Support” (pictured above). An individual family is at the base of the pillars, characterized by its culture, strengths, preferences and community connections. The areas we focus on in our work are represented by each of the pillars, and are grounded firmly in the base. The stronger each pillar, the better a person or family will be able to hold up against the challenges of life. Everything we do to try to help draws on the strengths, preferences, community resources and culture of the family. If we try to help in ways that do not fit well with the areas that are most important to a family, those attempts are rarely successful; much like trying to hold up big, heavy pillars in a sandy base without using cement.

Here Are The Pillars:

  1. Hope → The essence of hope is a belief in a better future. Hope helps you discover who you are, and provides the volition to drive forward and meet your goals. When hope is weak, so are all the other pillars.
  2. Relationships → Meaningful relationships are essential for everyone. We all need at least one person with whom we can share our thoughts, dreams, experiences, fears and hopes. This is the basis of our support system, and without some positive, supportive relationships, we all struggle.
  3. Physical and Emotional Wellbeing → The link between physical and emotional health is important, but often under-recognized. Each of us needs adequate sleep, good nutrition, exercise and medical care in order to be at our best and have the energy to do all the great things in life that we need and want to do. Becoming free from addictive substances is also a vital part of wellbeing.
  4. Skills → Learning to do things and becoming good at them helps us feel useful and have something to be proud of. Skills help us contribute to our community in a meaningful way, earn a living, and help us navigate the world around us and thrive within it.
  5. Enjoyable activities → When family members struggle, the quality of life for each individual member suffers. Enjoyable activities are often the first thing that get eliminated when someone suffers from an illness, whether emotional, mental or physical. But enjoyable activities are what make life worth living. They add the color to our world that makes life vibrant and meaningful. It is important to balance our lives between responsibilities and enjoyment. Achieving this balance will provide a sense of emotional wellbeing and increase our enjoyment and quality of life. When this area improves, many of the other areas often do as well.
The Pillars of Support must be balanced for individuals to feel well and be successful in life. We can help bring them into balance by strengthening those areas that are weak, and maintaining the areas that are strong. All of the services that we provide at CFSS are based on the Pillars of Support. They help us to evaluate a person's current situation and develop a plan and goals for a more hopeful and fulfilling future. Check out some of the success stories and positive outcomes of working within our framework of the five Pillars of Support. If you’re ready to get started, explore our services to find the right match for you.