News & Events
“Collaboration is, at its root, a social activity… founded on generosity, sharing and openness.”
A striking definition by Joshua-Michele Ross for Forbes, it includes qualities we often associate with the traditions of “thanks-giving.” Here are just some of the collaborations for which I’m thankful:
Hospital to Home was one of nineteen projects selected to be featured at the Minnesota Healthy Communities Conference this month. See the poster showcased on page 12. Director of Delancey Services, Julie Grothe and Shawntera Hardy from Health Partners/Regions, one of our project partners, worked together to submit information used to determine selections. The focus of the conference was to “promote the integration of health-related programs and community development to address social determinants of health,” while highlighting “current successful cross-sector efforts throughout the state.” See photos from this and other recent events.
Guild clients and staff participated in Crisis Intervention Training for 12 officers from Stillwater, St. Cloud, and Oak Park Heights prisons, as well as Hennepin County Corrections the end of last month. Clients shared their stories including experiences in jail or prison, resulting in what Julie Grothe, Director of Delancey Services, calls a “wonderful dialogue between the officers and clients.” Pro-Crisis, the company behind these trainings, plans to bring officers to Guild for training in the future.
When a client lost all of her household items in a fire, our Ambassador team – 102 volunteers strong – quickly stepped in to help. “Within 5 minutes of emailing the list of needed items, I had everything the client needed,” says Shannon Horstman, Development Associate and Volunteer Coordinator. Ambassadors have also recently provided baby items for two clients in need.
NAMI-MN held a House Party with state legislators at our Community Support Program earlier this month. District 51 State Senator Jim Carlson and House Public Safety Committee Administrator Laura Taken-Holtze listened as sixteen CSP members shared their stories including where they encounter barriers and which programs and services are helping them in their recovery. See photos.
Genoa Healthcare, a partner since 2012 now has a full-service pharmacy right in our Guild St. Paul office. Specializing in the treatment of serious and persistent mental illness, Genoa locates their pharmacies where mental health services are provided. Learn more about this growing partnership and the exciting benefits.
Guild staff hit the ground, serving nearly 900 individuals each and every day — working with each other, community partners, clients, and others to deliver quality services when and where they are needed and to create the best possible outcomes for those we serve.
None of these collaborations would be possible without you: staff, community partners, supporters, volunteers, clients, and the many others who participate in our work.
Thank you for your generosity, sharing and openness – for embodying Ross’ very definition of collaboration.
“I just looked at them and cried tears of joy.”
This is what Lynnette; an individual we serve had to say about a recent experience with Employment Services.
But, it wasn’t the staff she was looking at; it was another group entirely.
It’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM.) With roots going back to 1945, NDEAM is a national campaign that raises awareness and celebrates the contributions of our country’s employees who have disabilities.
So, we’re taking time to celebrate Lynnette and the Employment Services staff who help her and so many others overcome obstacles and pursue their employment goals.
It’s this kind of work that resulted in Guild Incorporated’s Individual Placement and Support Services (IPS) being designated as a “High Functioning Program,” based on the fact that employment placement rates are in the top 25 percent of IPS programs nationally and job placement rates for IPS teams for 2012 are 50 percent. The rating comes from participating in the Johnson & Johnson – Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program. Begun as an initiative to advance the evidence-based practice of supported employment, today the initiative has evolved into an international learning collaborative and we are proud to be one of six projects in Minnesota providing IPS.
The Benchmarks used to rank programs are based on competitive employment outcomes from the collaborative’s real-world programs and places Guild’s program within the top 25 percent of all of the participating IPS programs nationally.
This is great news; I’m also pleased to tell you that job placement rates for the second quarter of this year continue the trend of steady increase – up to 57 percent:
2011: 40% (adjusted for the State of Minnesota government shut down)
My congratulations go out to the Employment Services staff for this outstanding performance and to their partners, the individuals they serve, who move through obstacles with courage and determination to realize their employment goals.
Lynnette is one of those individuals; Read her story and learn what prompted her tears of joy.
The definition of recovery speaks not only to “regaining something lost or taken away,” but to the very possibility of regaining something. Of course, this is the dictionary’s definition and it’s one of many ways to describe recovery.
But, I like it.
When something is possible; there’s hope.
The fact that recovery is possible for people with mental illness is cause for celebration. And celebration is what September – National Recovery Month – is all about.
Here’s what we’ve been doing this summer to support and celebrate not only the process, but the possibility of recovery:
- Recruited two new members for our Board of Directors, Sue Courteau and Dr. James Hart, MD, MBA, PHC; both bring valuable experience and expertise.
- Held summer picnics for those we serve — reducing isolation, having healthy social opportunities, and connecting with others are critical components of recovery: Delancey Staff, Client, and Partner Picnic, hosted by the Delancey Street, Hospital to Home, and Medica Supportive Housing Project teams and three client picnics generously hosted by Guild donor and volunteer, Joyce, who invited clients to her Lake Minnetonka home.
- Supported those we serve to pursue their interests and passions. Of particular interest this summer was a caterpillar nurturing and butterfly release at the CSP, which began when a CSP member expressed interest in raising butterflies. Staff member Anna Andahazy, CPRP, partnered with the client on the project, providing a chance for other members to observe and participate as well.
- Joined with our Guild colleagues to celebrate our work and each other during our annual staff picnic.
You can celebrate with us during one of these upcoming events:
- Attend a Get to Know Guild and hear about recovery directly from individuals we serve.
- Join our team for the 11th Annual NAMI Walk on September 28.
- Pamper yourself while supporting Guild at the Spa…ahh event hosted by the Burnsville Women of Today on November 2nd. Thanks to a former Guild employee, we were nominated and then selected to be the beneficiary of this event.
Thanks for all you do to support the process and possibility of recovery. Can’t make one of the events? Celebrate with us on Facebook and twitter. We’ll be sharing news, resources, and tools on recovery all month long.
We’re pleased to introduce you to two new members of our Board of Directors, Sue Courteau and Dr. James Hart, both of whom joined during our Annual Meeting in July.
Sue Courteau has extensive experience in sales, marketing, and event planning, including working for TDS as an Associate Market Manager. “Not only is this a personal growth opportunity for me,” Courteau says of her new role, “I’m hoping it will allow me to use my skills and talents to become a valuable member of the board.” Courteau began putting her skills to work for us as a volunteer in 2008. A featured speaker at our Ladder of Hope event in 2009, Courteau shared her family’s journey to find appropriate treatment and care for her daughter, Jennifer, who has Bipolar Disorder. She’s also been instrumental in planning and executing many of our events. Now, she’ll bring her talent and enthusiasm for Guild’s services into the board room.
Dr. James Hart, MD, MBA, PHC, brings a wealth of direct experience in general medicine as well as in Medical Director and Educator roles. An Alumnus of the University of Minnesota’s Medical School, Dr. Hart recently served in several capacities at his alma mater for the School of Public Health including Faculty Advisor for the Poverty Medicine Interest Group and Director of the Executive Program in Public Health Practice. As a practicing physician, Dr. Hart says he observed that mental health issues are “some of the most difficult to deal with and are often not well integrated into our health care system.” Now a retired physician, Dr. Hart is active both as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota and in many community activities including serving on the Health Partners Ethics Committee, the Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA) Membership Committee, and the Hamm Memorial Psychiatric Clinic board. “I have long felt our health care system needs to be better connected to the society in which it exists,” he says, “so I have a special interest in public policy.”
While we welcomed two new members this summer, we said goodbye and thank you to two others. Members Eileen Chanen and Marianne Wheelock, both of whom served from 2009 – 2013, were honored for their service during the Annual Meeting. Chanen served as Chair of our Public Policy Committee from 2012 – 2013 and Wheelcok was active in our Guild Ambassadors, Community Relations, and Fundraising activities. Both will continue to serve as ambassadors for Guild Incorporated.
See the full listing of the 2013 – 2014 Board of Directors.
The Community Support Service Center (CSP) serves many purposes. But, up until a few weeks ago, art gallery was not one of them.
Rehabilitation staff, Anna Andahazy and Mary Pankonien, both artists themselves, along with their Supervisor, Mandie Kender, set out to change that. And, on May 21st, they did. They hosted Guild’s very first Art Show and Reception, transforming the CSP into a gallery, displaying work by more than 45 artists – all of whom receive services from Guild.
140 guests attended the show, browsing over 70 pieces. Works on display included: beadwork, drawings (charcoal and other), collages, needlework, paintings, photography, poetry, and sculpture.
“My mental health was definitely impacted, yes,” says a client who exhibited work in the show. “I was proud of myself and felt I had a lot more talent than I thought I had. I could really show what I did after getting help…and my family came [to the art show] and they really liked it.”
Vision for the show began when Anna and Mary partnered to create a “Recovery through Creative Expression” class at the CSP. The 12-week course, teaching art and reflection skills, Anna says, “was hugely popular and generated a lot of interest in art and its therapeutic uses.” Energized by the talent and enthusiasm of clients attending the classes, rehabilitation staff worked on “Moving Matters,” a series of creative movement workshops, culminating in a final performance. But, the idea of hosting an art show was never far behind; in 2012, staff selected a date and got to work.
Anna and Mary set out to create and provide month-long classes in drawing, watercolor, painting, and charcoal. They taught two of the classes, while professional artist and CSP member, Pablo Basques, already teaching classes as a volunteer, gladly stepped up his commitment.
Results of those classes were more than evident at the show, which Anna says “was all about celebrating accomplishments and talents.” Her colleague, Mary, agrees. For her, one of the most enjoyable parts of the process was “watching members [clients] feel like they were part of something fantastic the night of the show.”
Thank you to the following for making our 2013 art show not only possible, but fantastic:
- Xcel Energy for providing partial funding for the art classes and show
- Pablo Basques for leading classes
- Nancy Hilk for volunteering her time and talent to create marketing materials
- Ross McLeod for lending his time and musical talent during the show
- Staff members: Anna Andahazy, Mary Pankonien, Mandie Kender, Jim Delaney, Phil Jensen, Dan McNeil, and Kristi Hamilton
- The many volunteers who assisted with the classes and event