This book describes an approach to participatory management and leadership that has proven effective for organizations in U.S. and other western countries where people won’t permit teambuilding to develop to the exclusion of individuality. The groundbreaking core of the book shows how this participatory management strategy, Person-Centered Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations, can be incorporated with great success into high stress nonprofit organizations. The book describes the leadership philosophy and day-to-day operations of an award-winning social service organization that targets youth and their families while successfully using person-centered strategies as the management model.

The Shelter: Against All Odds

The shelter: Against all odds

In Chapter 4, “Oasis Center: An Overview,” we introduced the shelter as a 24-hour residential facility where youth can stay as a refuge from homeless-ness, domestic violence, exposure to abusive substances, or other crises. While at the shelter, residents continue in an educational program that is recognized by the Metro school system, a structured living program, and individual and group counseling in order to gain survival and living skills as well as to address individual and family issues. Youth who come to the shelter often feel deep despair and hopelessness.

Challenging Circumstances

If it is true that physical surroundings have a lot to do with a positive work environment, then the entire shelter program staff should have been ...

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