RAYS Youth Services Program Coordinator, Michael Thomas Nominated for People of the Year Award

Posted on 2-10-2022

Foundations Health and Wholeness is celebrating RAYS Youth Services Program Coordinator, Michael Thomas, for his second nomination for Sheboygan’s People of the Year Award.

RAYS Youth Services is a youth-centered program that was acquired by Foundations at the beginning of 2021.

The program focuses on keeping all youth safe and help them gain life and independent living skills, gain social, emotional, and coping skills, as well an increase their positive community connections and relationships. By ensuring youth gain these skills, RAYS can help those youth successfully transition into adulthood.

Mike joined the RAYS program in late 2021, and he focuses on creating meaningful connections with all youth, and educating the community about RAYS resources and programming.

Outside of his work with RAYS, Mike is probably the busiest person we know.

He runs two amazing nonprofits, began his own church, coaches basketball for UW-Green Bay’s Manitowoc campus, and participates as a school board member for a private charter school. He is also a devoted husband and father. 

Check out Foundations’ new blog post; all about Mike’s nomination and accomplishments HERE.

Foundations Health & Wholeness

Foundations Health & Wholeness serves the community by healing mind and spirit through mental health counseling and foster care.

Mental Health Counseling

  • Our main clinic offers full range of mental health and addiction services.
  • We partner with social organizations in ten different locations to embed our therapists to serve children and adults with significant barriers to care, including those living in poverty, experiencing homelessness, the aging and people with disabilities. These satellite clinics offer an opportunity for us to train and supervise the next generation of licensed therapists and address the scarcity of licensed therapists in Wisconsin.
  • We also provide counseling at three public schools. We are the founder, and an active member, of Connections for Mental Wellness, a coalition of mental health care providers seeking to reduce the number of poor mental health days.

We provide approximately 12,000 mental health sessions every year, plus casual support, psycho-education, and over 500 hours of service on mental health tasks forces and committees. About 60% of our clients are either uninsured or under-insured, and we keep our doors open to everyone in need of mental health counseling.


In foster care, we recruit, license, and train foster parents. We work with counties throughout Wisconsin to provide placement and case management for children in need of loving foster homes. We provide treatment-level foster care to support children have experienced trauma, and have higher emotional and physical needs. Through our foster care offices in Green Bay, Greater Milwaukee area, Sheboygan/Lakeshore area, the Fox Valley, and soon Janesville, we serve over 130 children every year. The number of children we serve grows every year.


Foundations Health & Wholeness. The three words in our name relate around approach to care:

  • Foundations – we are here to walk with people has they strengthen the foundations of their mind and spirit
  • Health – Mental health is a key component of overall health and well-being. The World Health Organization defines health as, “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being & not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
  • Wholeness – Wholeness is unity. It’s a personal state of forming a complete and harmonious life.