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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

Grace Tangjerd Schmitt Announces Retirement Plans

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.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Kelly

“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 or 651.925.8452.


Guild Becomes Delegated Provider for HealthPartners Inspire


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

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