25 For 25

Guild 25 Year Anniversary

April 18, 2015 was a special day for us.   Though our roots go back to the 1970s and the work of our founder, The Guild of Catholic Women (GCW),  this date  marked Guild Incorporated’s 25th anniversary.  To honor this milestone, follow along for our “25 for 25” – 25 stories for 25 years.

The stories will be about the people and innovations that have helped us get where we are today as well as those that are helping us prepare for the future. You’ll hear from clients served, family members, staff, donors, volunteers, and partners in our work.

Follow along as we reveal stories throughout the year:

READ: Meet Grace Tangjerd Schmitt, president

WATCH: Meet Jack, individual served and resident poet, as he shares a poem for the occasion.

TAKE ACTION:  Be an Angel for a day!  Learn about and support The Angel Fund.

READ: Meet Grace Gravelle,  former client and advocate

WATCH: Listen as Scott, individual served, shares a favorite memory

LEARN:  a group of women answered their community’s call, eventually founding Guild Incorporated.

READ:  Meet Patricia Siebert, attorney and long-time community partner

READ:  Meet Mary Michel, long-time supporter who says, “I never thought I’d get as involved as I did.”

WATCH:  “I think we sell hope.”  Board chairs discuss the past, present, and future of Guild Incorporated.

WATCH:  Some said it couldn’t be done, but four staff talk about moving individuals from Guild Hall to their own apartments in the early 1990s.

READ:  Meet Mark and Al Radmann, an individual served and his dad.

READ:  Meet Sue Abderholden, Executive Director of NAMI Minnesota.

WATCH:  Listen as Will Susens, Alumnus, Board Member, Advocate spreads hope.

READ:  Meet Claire Courtney, Rehabilitation Program Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

WATCH:  Meet Lynnette and learn how Guild’s Employment Services supported her dreams of starting a business.

WATCH:  “It helps with my illness that I have somewhere safe to stay and safe to go to work.” Jajaime, an individual served, shares his gratitude.

WATCH:  Meet mom and daughter, Sue and Jen, as they talk about how working with Guild has changed their family’s relationship and their lives.

WATCH:  Meet Maxine:  She beat homelessness, got custody of her kids back, and has been sober for nearly 8 years with Guild’s help.

WATCH:  Meet Antrinita, a graduate of Guild’s services, as she catches us up on what life is like for her today.

READ:    See the special 25th Anniversary message from our Board of Directors.

WATCH:  Maxine and Shirley spread good wishes for Guild’s 25th!

WATCH:  Meet Heidi and learn why she shares her story of recovery from mental illness.

WATCH:  Laugh along as Sue and Jen figure out the best way to wish Guild a happy anniversary.

WATCH:  Julie Grothe shares many innovations she’s been involved in at Guild and her hopes for the future.


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