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Guild Incorporated Announces Next Executive Director

Guild Incorporated's Next Executive Director, Julie Bluhm
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Guild Incorporated has announced that their Board of Directors has selected Julie Bluhm, LICSW, as the organization’s next Executive Director. Bluhm will begin on July 24, succeeding Grace Tangjerd Schmitt, who will retire after leading the organization for over 25 years.

“We looked at a number of very compelling candidates during the search process, and after interviewing and getting to know several of them, we concluded without hesitation that Julie’s background in social work, her experience in and knowledge of the industry, and her obvious passion for the value of community mental health services, make her not only a perfect fit for the Guild of today but also an ideal partner to help build the Guild of tomorrow,” said Mike Sampson, Chairman of Guild Incorporated’s Board of Directors and a Partner at Maslon LLP. Sampson chaired the Board’s search committee, which worked with W.J. Flynn & Associates of Eagan to select a successor. “Julie’s energy and enthusiasm for the work that we do at Guild,” Sampson remarked, “are both inspiring and infectious.”

Bluhm holds a bachelor’s degree in family social science and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota. She is currently the Director of Clinical Innovation for Hennepin Health, leading the implementation and refinement of the Hennepin Health care model and integration of social service delivery to improve care and reduce costs for members served by their integrated care network. Prior to Hennepin Health, Bluhm spent several years working in the mental health field, providing direct care and serving in managerial roles.

“At Hennepin Health, I was working a lot with hospitals and clinics, trying to figure out how to meet individuals’ needs outside of a clinic or hospital setting, looking at the social determinants of health,” said Bluhm. “I want to go back to serving people – helping people lead the lives that they want to live, and I don’t think that there’s any question that’s what Guild does.”

Commenting on her successor, Grace Tangjerd Schmitt expressed confidence in the board’s selection: “Julie’s person-centered approach to services and her experience in health reform through Hennepin Health’s accountable care model are tremendous assets for Guild’s future.”

“Through Grace’s leadership, the spirit of constant innovation has become an indelible part of the culture of Guild Incorporated, and it will continue to serve us well as the health care landscape continues to change,” Sampson said of Grace’s upcoming retirement.

“I have admired Guild for years,” said Bluhm, “I am humbled to have the opportunity to continue to build on Grace’s legacy.”

For media or other inquiries, contact Hayla Drake, Marketing Communications Specialist, at or at 651.925.8479.


June 2017 Guild Matters: You Help Turn Our Gears

Guild Incorporated Annual Report 2017: Grace Tangjerd Schmitt, Michael Sampson
Photo Caption: Peter Koeleman

“This team of people believed in me when I couldn’t.”

Referred to us for service following hospitalization, Gayle lacked confidence in her abilities and hope for the future. That’s when our gears start turning.

Staff partnered with Gayle: listening, seeing her strengths, finding resources, building trust, instilling confidence.

Today, Gayle has seventeen years of sobriety and a job she loves. That’s what keeps our gears turning. Read our 2016 Annual Report to meet Gayle and others

 “I even started cooking for clients and staff.”

Guild Incorporated Annual Report 2016-Larry, Individual Served. Dad. Volunteer. Culinary Enthusiast.

Each and every day, you are helping us advance our reach, access to services, and integrated care – creating outcomes that respond to community needs and reflect the preferences of those we serve:

  • More than 3,400 individuals served across all programs and services in 2016.
  • 929 calls from individuals and families responded to in one business day by our Community Access team – a 33% increase over 2015.
  • Launched Behavioral Health Home Services as a first implementer in Minnesota, creating new access to integrated care.
  • Added residential crisis beds to Maureen’s House and increased the number served by 32% over 2015.
  • Expanded Employment Services into Scott County. And a record number of individuals across all counties served found jobs in 2016 – a 33% increase over 2015.

 “They have followed through on what they say they do.”

Dianna, Individual Served. Mom. Best Friend. Artist.

We celebrate these achievements with you, recognizing they are possible because of your partnership. Call us at 651-925-8450 with questions, comments, ideas or concerns. Your confidence in our stewardship is important. Thank you for your continued support.


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P.S. Watch as our 2016 Annual Report comes to life!


From our Chair of the Board of Directors:  Through Grace’s leadership, the spirit of constant innovation has become an indelible part of the culture of Guild Incorporated, and it will continue to serve us well as the health care landscape continues to change. On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, and individuals served, we thank Grace, and wish her the best in her upcoming retirement.


June 14, 2017

Bash4Guild Achieves Greatest Success Yet

When Bash4Guild co-creators Matt Bollero and Nik Larsen came up with the idea to host an event to raise money for our Equilibrium (EQ) Youth Services –raising awareness and smashing sigma — they described it as an “ambitious goal.”

Ambitious in their own right and not easily deterred, Bollero and Larsen, along with the many supporters they helped to generate, are delighted by Bash4Guild’s growth. Over 500 people attended this year – up 100 from last year, and over $60,000 was raised for EQ.

Bash4Guild 2017

Emceed by KFAN’s Meatsauce, the party thrilled attendees with games, live music by local musician Sarah Christine as well as the band, Stache, a silent auction, and new features including a caricature artist and magician.

“The responses have been tremendous,” remarks Bollero. “One person in particular won a $120 silent auction item, and emailed us stating they would like to also donate $380 on top of that, rounding out their contribution to $500.” It’s just one example, he says, of people contributing additional support.

Bash4Guild 2017

But, Bollero and Larsen won’t be hanging their respective hats on the success anytime soon. Instead, the growth serves as inspiration.

“The event is the perfect indicator of what a large group of people can do when they get together to support a cause,” says Bollero. “Every year we do this, it’s a chance for everyone there to help fight the sigma that surrounds mental illness. Awareness continues to grow, and this event is just another opportunity to continue to break down the barrier.”

Bash4Guild 2017

Our thanks to event co-hosts Matt Bollero and Nik Larsen, the Bash4Guild committee, the sponsors, the many volunteers, and all of the others who helped make the 4th annual Bash4Guild a stigma-smashing success:

Presenting Sponsor: The Stable

Platinum Sponsors:  Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota LynxJantze & Dennis Haley, Janet Wanzek

Gold Sponsors: Bridgewater Bank, Morrie’s Brooklyn Park Subaru, Otogawa-Anschel Design + Build, Bollero Family, Juliet Everist, Kari and Dan Rominski, and Carla Warner

Silver Sponsors:  Standard Heating & Air Conditioning, Aura Boutique, Nilfisk, Bill Bieber, Rob Moore, and Dr. & Mrs Michael Paparella

Official Media Partner:  KFAN Sports Radio

Volunteer Photographers:  Cesar Buitrago, Jenni Salomon, Paul Fletcher

The Bash4Guild Planning Committee: Co-leaders Nik Larsen and Matt Bollero; Ajia Hagen, Anthony Theisen, Brad Reiser, Claire Ferrara, George Broostin, John McCormick, Kyler Harder, Luke Garafola, Mary Khimji, Mary Roehl, Sam Flood, and Takara Onowo

May 17, 2017

Coming Home Pilot Project: a New Partnership

In partnership with Hearth Connection, HealthEast St. Joseph’s Hospital, and Catholic Charities, Guild has launched the Coming Home Pilot Project.

The goal of Coming Home is to improve quality of life for individuals experiencing homelessness and to reduce unnecessary emergency or inpatient visits. Utilizing the expertise and resources of each partner, the pilot project will work to secure supportive housing for people being discharged from the mental health unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Announcement: Coming Home Pilot Project


Staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital will identify individuals eligible for the project, and Guild staff will make initial contact with patients prior to their discharge.

In most cases, individuals leaving the hospital will move to temporary housing at Higher Ground, Catholic Charities new housing program in St. Paul. Guild staff will work with the individual and his or her support system to establish ongoing housing and the services needed to achieve success in maintaining and keeping their home.

Hearth Connection will complete evaluation of the program as well as ensuring housing subsidies.

This new pilot project is similar to Guild’s Delancey Street and Hospital to Home (H2H) programs. Stay tuned for updates as Coming Home progresses.


April 12, 2017

Guild Receives Minnesota HSASMI Grant

Announcement: Housing Support for Adults with Serious Mental Illness (HSASMI)

Our Housing Access Resource Team (HART) is now being funded through the Minnesota Housing Supports for Adults with Serious Mental Illness (HSASMI) grant.

The team offers two types of housing services:  housing access and tenant sustaining services. The team currently consists of three staff. A Housing Transition Partnership Specialist helps people find and move into housing. Two Tenant Navigators help tenants sustain their housing and learn the responsibilities of being a tenant.

We’ll bring you updates on this work throughout the year.



March 15, 2017

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