June 2015 Guild Matters: Spreading Hope: Our Annual Report

Grace and Mike S. 5.27.15
Photo credit: Peter Koeleman

“Hope is the thing with feathers” reads the line of a poem by Emily Dickenson.  “The thing” of which she speaks, of course, is a bird — the image depicted in our logo. Soaring upward, the bird illustrates not only self-determination and empowerment, but also conveys our commitment to high quality service and our continual search for new and better ways to achieve our mission. That’s why a flock of birds – much like the one on the cover of our 2014 Annual Report -– debuted at our Ladder of Hope events.  3-dimensional, brightly colored, and fashioned using the Japanese art of origami, they served as parting gifts for guests. Like Dickenson’s, these birds carry one message:  hope.  As a stakeholder – client, family member, volunteer, staff member, partner, donor, or community member — you create and spread that message. This report is for you. Move through the pages:  meet a client, family members, staff members, and a volunteer.  See the difference we all make by working together:

  • 2,299 individuals served across all programs and services in 2014.
  • 641 new individuals and families (outside usual referral sources) responded to in one business day – a 17% increase over 2013.
  • 92% of individuals at Maureen’s House for crisis stabilization discharged without high-cost hospitalization.
  • 68% decrease in emergency department visits by participants in Hospital to Home, a partnership with Regions Hospital, Hearth Connection, and the Division of Healthcare Research and Quality within the state Department of Human Services (Wilder Research Outcome Report: February 2015)

Outcomes like these can only be achieved through combined effort – when we ourselves form a flock.  We are grateful that you’ve decided to partner and “fly” with us.  As a partner, your confidence in our stewardship is important.  What you see in this report illustrates our ongoing commitment to be an ethical and efficient steward of public and private resources.  Providing this year’s report in digital format only, rather than mailing printed copies, is another way we’re following through on our commitment. Thank you for your support.  Together, we’re improving the lives of people with mental illness and the communities we all share. Call us at 651-925-8450 with your questions, comments, ideas or concerns. Sincerely,

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Grace Tangjerd Schmitt, President Michael P. Sampson, Chair, Board of Directors

P.S.  We’re pleased to announce that we’ve been awarded a three-year renewal by CARF, an independent, nonprofit accrediting body – their seal appears on the upper right.  CARF’s mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of people served.

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