Like the environmental principles, a concern for whole health - of the individual and community - is integrated into the design of the project:
- Healthy eating that factors in nutritional costs and benefits and develops solutions that increase the proportion of healthy local food in schools and on family dinner tables.
- Housing solutions that enable us to care for the most vulnerable among as family members while also reducing the cost of institutional scale mental health services.
- Low-cost, high quality early childhood programs at each MFES site that simultaneously provide care for the neediest families and provide career and parenting preparation for MFES students.
- Early, effective intervention for those falling through the gaps in the current safety net through integrated special education and social services. Using a consistent model that brings disparate services under one roof, and by ensuring that all students are integrated into the educational, social, employment, and community elements of the project, we can reduce the number of our young people who fall into poverty and crime.
- A community-based integrated partnership model to care for the most vulnerable, offering “high-fidelity wrap around” services for small numbers of high-risk, high need children, adults, and families – and, eventually affordable, energy efficient housing for any community member.