November 2017 Guild Matters: We are Grateful for You
Notes on Gratitude from Our Executive Director, Julie Bluhm
When I joined Guild Incorporated, I knew I was joining a strong, healthy organization. I’m grateful for the longevity in leadership that came before me through Grace and so many others – some of whom are still here – and I’m honored to be leading the work. Guild’s rich history roots us in our mission, providing a solid foundation from which we now move forward. It’s one of the things I’m grateful for. Here are some of the others:
Individuals we serve: Dianna, Larry, Barb, Gayle, and so many others share their stories with us. I’m always amazed by the bravery of those willing to share their incredibly personal experiences in a public way. We’re thankful to them for speaking about our work in a way that no one else can.
Staff: I’ve been so impressed with the knowledge and commitment of Guild staff. This is a time of change for us, yet staff remains steadfast in their commitment to our mission and the goals of the individuals we serve. Read what Guild’s nurses and Guild’s social workers have said about their work.
Volunteers move furniture and other items for those we serve, host meals at our Community Support Program, address and stuff envelopes, befriend those experiencing isolation, and so much more. Through it all, one thing is clear: we cannot do our work without them. Volunteers’ passion, skills, and “roll up your sleeves” attitude brings fun and energy into our work!
Donors generously give their time, talent, energy, and resources – often in creative ways! This year, a high school senior decided to forego a traditional graduation party in lieu of putting on a benefit concert for Guild; Mountain Goat Running held a Stigma Breakers Run with proceeds going to Guild; and many others stepped forward to invest in our mission.
Partners including police officers who come to our site for Crisis Intervention Training, those we work alongside us on the Coming Home initiative to improve quality of life for individuals experiencing homelessness and to reduce unnecessary emergency or inpatient visits, and Livio Health Group, an organization providing on-site primary and urgent care services to individuals we serve.
The Many Others Who Help: United Gospel Mission donated 1,000 gift cards again this year to help provide a holiday meal to individuals in need. Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels will be providing holiday meals to 120 Guild clients and their families, and the Brownberry Warehouse donates baked goods each week for individuals we serve.
Community, Kindness, Comradery: Staff, individuals served, family members, and volunteers participated in the Stigma Breakers Run and this year’s NAMIWalk – both events combat the stigma of mental illness. And a group of individuals served and staff volunteered at Feed My Starving Children.
Thank you for all you do to make this list possible. Together, we are making a difference.
November 14, 2017