Backgrounder and Quick Facts

Guild Incorporated At a Glance

Headquarters: 130 S. Wabasha St., Suite 90, St. Paul, MN 55107

Contact Info:

Founded: 1990, with roots going back to 1970

Executive Director: Julie Bluhm, LICSW (see bio)

Operating Budget (2017): $16 million Funding largely provided by government grants, contracts and fees.

Ownership: 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, governed by a Board of Directors

Employees/Volunteers: 188 employees and 175 volunteers

Service Reach: In 2017, 3,159* unique adults and young adults in the Twin Cities Metro area received services from us. (*Total unduplicated episodes of care.)


Guild’s mission is to help people lead quality lives by providing integrated treatment and services. We serve people experiencing barriers to mental health, housing, and employment.

We fulfill our mission by helping the individuals we serve:

  • Avoid homelessness and live in safe, affordable housing.
  • Maintain their optimum physical and mental health.
  • Find employment or pursue education.
  • Have recreation and socialization opportunities.
  • Enjoy a sense of satisfaction with their lives.

People Served by Guild:
1 in 25 -10 million adults – in America live with a serious mental illness. Since 1990 Guild has served adults 18 years and older who live and cope with serious mental illness – diseases like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. Many face additional challenges such as chronic physical issues, isolation, poverty and substance use. In February of 2014, Guild launched Equilibrium (EQ) services for youth aged 16 – 20.

Programs and Services:
Most of Guild’s services are provided in the community, when and where people need them most – in their homes, during a doctor’s appointment, or even on the street. Since mental illness affects every area of a person’s life, Guild integrates psychiatric treatment and provides the other supportive services they need. Guild also has two major office sites as well as a Community Support Service Drop-in Center (CSP) and 6 single-family homes – our Crisis and Intensive Residential Treatment services are located in 3 of them, and the other 2 provide long-term housing.

We focus on Integrated Care – treating the whole person – through these Programs and Services:

CARF accredited for: Assertive Community Treatment, Assessment and Referral, Case Management/Services Coordination, Crisis Stabilization, Integrated Behavioral Health/Primary Care, Residential Treatment, and Community Employment Services including Job Development and Job Supports.

Guild is an enrolled provider with Minnesota Health Care Programs and other health plans including: Blue Cross Blue Shield, HealthPartners, Hennepin Health, Medica, Optum, and UCare. Private pay options available.

Guild’s roots go back to the early 1970’s when the Hastings State Hospital closed and The Guild of Catholic Women (GCW), a volunteer organization, stepped in to provide housing for individuals leaving the hospital. In 1990, the GCW established Guild Incorporated as a separate, not-for-profit professional organization to carry services forward.


  • Response within 8 business hours to 1229 new individuals calling for help. Individuals received help addressing immediate needs, navigating eligibility and access issues, identifying options, and getting ongoing services.
  • Over 300 assessments – a critical key in helping people access treatment and services – were completed by our Community Access team – a 98% increase over 2016.
  • 82% of individuals served by our Housing Access Resource Team (HART) received or maintained stable housing in 2017.
  • 95% of individuals leaving their home to be admitted for short-term crisis residential services stabilized their situation without high cost hospitalization.
  • More people found jobs with help from Employment Services – a 28% increase from 2016.

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