News & Events
Guild is now a delegated Care Coordination provider for HealthPartners Inspire! Our Care Coordination team is currently working to accommodate new individuals being referred. Stay tuned for updates on this work.
February 15, 2017
The gym’s packed. Deals on organizational supplies abound. It’s hard to deny the spark of motivation a new year brings. For us, it’s a chance to re-commit to our perennial resolution: advancing integrated care.
We are partnering with Livio Health Group to provide primary and urgent care services to individuals we serve. Each Wednesday, a nurse practitioner and medical assistant from Livio take up residence in an exam room at our Guild St. Paul Area site seeing those who need both drop-in and routine care. “Livio is extremely excited to partner with Guild Incorporated,” says Sara Armstrong, VP of Community Engagement. “It is refreshing to be connected to an organization that not only has passion for the communities they are working with, they have also developed fantastic working relationships among the segments of services they provide.”
Livio’s services are an additional resource for Guild’s clients — offering convenience of location and mobile urgent care services — and bringing value to those who may experience challenges in more traditional care settings. “One person who has diabetes was actually able to start medication, and he has not been on medication for a couple of years due to his illness preventing him from establishing a primary care provider,” says Julie Churcher, a nurse at Guild. “I look forward to working more with Livio.” That’s precisely the kind of outcome Beth Allen, Guild’s Senior Director of Services, is excited about. The partnership, she notes, brings improved access to health care and improved coordination of care, particularly as it relates to communication between providers. “This is really a significant milestone for our agency,” Allen says. “My hope is that it will evolve in ways that we can’t even imagine right now.”
Plans are underway to offer clinic hours at additional Guild sites in the near future.
We are expanding Hospital to Home (H2H), a cross-system partnership meeting needs in our community by serving individuals experiencing chronic homelessness who seek health care in the emergency department. Guild’s Director of Delancey Services, Julie Grothe, has been involved in the partnership since the beginning. “When we started the H2H program, I never considered that we might be able double our numbers from 18 to 36,” she says. H2H is currently featured as a community initiative that’s working in the National Association of Counties Data-Driven Justice (DDJ) Playbook. And Wilder Research’s 2016 report on H2H indicates that emergency department visits by participants decreased 74% after enrollment. For Grothe, the best part of the work is when someone gets a key to his or her own apartment: “To know that we can serve even more people who are suffering on the streets and in need of a home is humbling and a tremendous opportunity to put a dent in chronic homelessness.” Taylor is currently served by H2H, and thought he’d live on the streets forever, but now says, “I was proven wrong.” Read his story.
Both initiatives advance our goal of expanding access to comprehensive, integrated services. We think that’s a resolution worth sticking with. And we’re grateful for all you do to support it.
January 12, 2017
From Where I Stand: Notes from Our President on the Ladder of Hope
“I wake up every day having joy, purpose, and a sense of hope.”
“Today, I feel recognized for the person that I am.”
Some of you heard these words recently right along with me.
The words belong to Gayle and Larry, individuals we serve, who courageously shared their stories at our recent Ladder of Hope events. After significant struggles with mental illness, today both are empowered and living the lives that they choose. Gayle celebrates 17 years of sobriety and a job that she loves. Larry hasn’t been hospitalized for his mental illness in over two years, has a volunteer job at a local food shelf that he’s had for three years, and shares his love of food by cooking for others at our Community Support Program. That’s the difference you make.
Today, let’s celebrate the results of our community joining together:
- 1,148 guests attended this year’s events
- 122 individuals volunteered as Table Captains
- Approximately 751 monetary gifts were given. We received gifts of ideas and volunteers, too.
- 11 new individuals became members of our multi-year Ladder of Hope Giving Society, bringing our total number to 163. And an additional 30 people pledged to give monthly gifts.
- Between the two events, we received $100,000 in matching funds, including gifts from The Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation, the Otto Bremer Trust, and one anonymous donor. Our thanks to them for inspiring others to give through their generous gifts.
- Bituminous Roadways, Inc. and Marsden Services were our Presenting Sponsors. And Anchor Bank was the Title Sponsor. Their support, combined with other contributions, allows the gifts we received to go directly to our mission. Learn more about our Presenting and Title Sponsors and why they support us.
- Our Supporting Sponsors were: 3M, BMO Harris Bank, Carl Bolander & Sons, CBL Floors, Fairview Foundation, Garrity, Tegeler, & Varley Wealth Strategies, Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company, HealthPartners, Hometown Tire & Service, Maguire Agency, Medica Foundation, Mutual of America, Nasseff Mechanical Contractors, Otogawa-Anschel Design & Build, PHH Home Loans, Qualitech, Universal Cleaning Services, Valley Staffing, and Wilkerson Guthman.
And 34 volunteers, including pianist Dr. Bob Jones, gave gifts of time and talent to help assure the events ran smoothly and that guests could enjoy the sweet sounds of music.
The funds we generate at Ladder of Hope events sustain our current Services and Programs — and help us reach forward to achieve initiatives – all toward the end of health, hope, and dignity for those we serve.
My sincere gratitude goes out to Gayle and Larry as well to Dianna and Grant for sharing their stories with us. And my thanks to you for all you do to spread hope and light to the individuals that we serve.
December 15, 2016
From Where I Stand: Notes and Photos from Our President on Gratitude
In a sunny room on a perfect fall day last month, I joined other Guild staff with a single focus: wellness. Between the healthy snacks, blood pressure station, aromatherapy, and heart-healthy tips, we learned this: listing three good things about your day has been proven to increase your happiness for six months.
So, here it goes — some of the good things I’m grateful for today…in pictures:
Individuals We Serve: Kristie, Taylor, Addyson, Jen, Dan, Brenda, and Tracene who so generously shared their stories with us this year. And to all that we serve for showing us, every day, that recovery is possible.
Staff: “They never gave up on me. They’re stubborn that way.” That’s what Gayle, an individual we serve, said of Guild staff at our recent Ladder of Hope event. Like Gayle, I appreciate the determination and resilience of staff.
Volunteers: Whether behind the scenes, forging new friendships, or spreading the word about our mission, we simply cannot do our work without Volunteers.
Donors: Spreading hope and light with gifts of time, talent, and resources – donors inspire us every day with their steadfast belief in and support of our work.
The many others who help individuals lead quality lives: United Gospel Mission donated 1,000 gift cards this month to help provide a holiday meal to individuals in need. Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels donated 466 meals, and the Brownberry Warehouse donates baked goods each week.
Partners including those who work alongside us on Hospital to Home, police officers who come to our site regularly for Crisis Intervention Training, and Genoa – they just celebrated three years of having a full-service pharmacy at one of our sites.
Opportunity to expand services: In July, we launched Behavioral Health Home Services, helping individuals across the metro area access and coordinate primary medical care and mental health services. We also expanded Employment Services to reach individuals, like Kristie, living in Scott County. And we’re currently expanding Hospital to Home, a cross-system partnership meeting needs in our community by serving individuals, like Taylor, experiencing chronic homelessness who seek health care in the emergency department.
Community and Comradery: Members of Guild’s Community Support Member Center recently enjoyed a trip to the apple orchard, and Larry, an individual we serve, cooked up a delicious meal for members and staff to enjoy. Of his time hanging out at the CSP, Larry says, “It helps me to know I’m not the only one who needs help.”
Thank you for all you do to make this list of good things possible.
November 15, 2016
Have you heard? In November, you can increase the impact of your gift to Guild by giving online on Thursday, November 17 as part of Give to the Max Day. A Minnesotan tradition since 2009, Give to the Max Day brings generous supporters like you together to make our state a better place.
Gifts made in November will be matched up to $11,750, thanks to four generous individuals who have stepped forward with this pledge. All donations we receive through Give to the Max Day will be directed to our Employment Services, which help individuals find and maintain meaningful work.
Meet Kristie and see how Employment Services are making a difference in her life and turning career dreams into reality. Invest in our Employment Services on November 17, and you can help other individuals reach their employment goals, too.
Here are some other ways investing in Guild on Give to the Max Day can increase your impact:
- Every gift made on Thursday, November 17 on GiveMN.org will be entered into an hourly drawing for a $1,000 GiveMN Golden Ticket to be awarded to a nonprofit organization. That’s 24 opportunities for you to help us receive an extra $1,000!
- Two donations made on GiveMN.org will be randomly selected to receive $10,000 Super-Sized GiveMN Golden Tickets at the end of Give to the Max Day.
And to make giving your gift easier:
- You can schedule your gift for Give to the Max Day anytime through November 17. Your gift will automatically be deducted from your credit or debit account and will be eligible for the first Golden Ticket drawing of the day.
On Thursday, November 17 give the gifts of encouragement, achievement, and improved self-esteem to individuals looking for work or to those who need support maintaining the job they already have.
Head over to Guild Incorporated’s Give to the Max Day page now to help out!