News & Events
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.
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.
April 12, 2017
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
Grace Tangjerd Schmitt, President, Guild Incorporated, has announced her retirement for mid-July 2017.
Tangjerd Schmitt’s history with Guild goes back to 1980 when services were provided under the auspices of The Guild of Catholic Women. She was appointed President in 1990 as part of the founding of Guild Incorporated. She credits early social work positions in state hospital psychiatric units and county social services as an invaluable foundation for learning the value of community integration and serving individuals “in vivo”, or in life; always supporting self-direction and empowerment.
“The opportunities to serve have been endless – the celebrations many,” says Tangjerd Schmitt. “I’m humbled by the individuals and families who face the challenges of living with mental illnesses and allow us to partner with them on their recovery journey. “I will carry that with me, along with deep appreciation for the agency’s dedicated, skilled staff and volunteers working together each day to move the mission forward.”
Under Tangjerd Schmitt’s leadership, Guild has grown from serving an estimated 125 individuals in 1990 to more than 3,400 across all service lines in 2016. Growth has come not only in numbers, but also in innovation: implementing the “housing first” concept in the early 90s creating opportunity for normalized housing and participation in community life, pioneering and growing supported employment, customizing Assertive Community Treatment for transition-age youth, and facilitating “whole health care” through new Behavioral Health Home services launched in 2016.
“What is remarkable about Grace is her constant drive to innovate and evolve,” says Michael Sampson, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Through Grace’s leadership, that 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.”
Mr. Sampson has formed a Search Committee of the Board, who will work with W.J. Flynn & Associates of Eagan to name a successor. Karen Kaplan, Guild’s Human Resources Director, will lead an Internal Transition Committee, composed of representatives from each service line and act as a liaison to the Board during the search.
Celebration plans will be announced closer to her retirement date. For media or other inquiries, contact Kristi Hamilton, Director, Marketing Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.925.8452.
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