February 2016 Guild Matters: At the Heart of What We Do

The four-chambered muscle gets an awful lot of attention this month. So, we thought it only right to tell you, part of what’s making ours flutter is a new service that actually bears its name: HART.

HART stands for Housing Access Resource Team, and it’s one of the ways we’ve recently enhanced our ability to provide services that help individuals improve all aspects of health:

Guild Matters February 2016: At the Heart of What We Do
Valentine’s Day card made by a member of our CSP at a recent class.
  • Implemented new Housing Access Resource Team (HART): This team will develop and maintain new and existing partnerships with landlords and work with clients to help them learn to be good tenants and neighbors. The goal of the team is to help clients find and maintain housing. “I know how hard it is for people to find housing and how much people need support,” says Mary Burg, Housing Access Manager for HART, drawing on her years of experience working with individuals served by Guild. “Having this kind of professional intervention can make such a positive impact.” Denise Ellis, Mary’s teammate and Tenant Navigator for HART has a background in assisting people in crisis with legal aid, and she’s looking forward to helping people maintain stable housing. “I’m particularly interested in preventing homelessness for all vulnerable people,” she says. HART is a result of the Dakota County landlord study that Dakota County engaged our supportive housing service team to conduct in 2014 and 2015. As the reports on the study were presented, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Minnesota became interested. They worked with Dakota County and Guild to develop a pilot project to address housing access issues identified by the study. Referrals for this new service will come from Dakota County Coordinated Entry. The project is being funded through Dakota County with support from BCBS and The Otto Bremer Trust .
HART: Housing Access Resource Team Launch
Meet our new HART team: Denise Ellis (L) and Mary Burg (R)
  • Expanding Employment Services into Scott County: We are pleased that we’ve been selected by the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) as one of three organizations to expand the utilization of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) employment model within Minnesota. We look forward to working with Scott County, DEED, and employers to assist Scott County residents in finding, getting, and keeping competitive jobs. Guild currently provides IPS services in Ramsey and Dakota Counties. We have already started to move forward on an implementation plan in order to quickly bring the IPS model into Scott County.  For more information, please contact Peggy Darmody, Guild’s Director of Employment Services at pdarmody@guildincorporated.org.


DEED: Scott County Employment Services Expansion
Employment Services’ mascot, Clucky, will soon be doing more dances as individuals in Scott County get jobs.
  • Increased capacity to serve in Residential Crisis Stabilization Services: Responding to needs in the community, we’ve increased our capacity to serve individuals through Residential Crisis Stabilization Services at the Maureen G. Heaney Guest House. We anticipate being able to serve approximately 110 more individuals throughout the year with this increased capacity.

Whether it’s helping people with mental or physical health, housing, or employment, providing integrated services is at the heart of what we do each and every day.  Thank you for supporting us in this work from the bottom of our…well, you know.

February 17, 2016

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