We’re Grateful for You!
“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”
— Henri Frederic Amiel
In this season of thanks, we’re sharing a photo album with you. Take a look to see just some of the things we’re grateful for.
Individuals We Serve: Nellie, Charlie, Tina and many others share their stories with us every year. Whether they choose to talk about their lives publicly or share with their Guild team, we’re honored by the opportunity to partner with them on their journey. And we’re amazed and humbled by their courage and resilience.
Staff: Tou, Gail, Robbin, Angela, and Mary were among staff members who told us more about the goals of the services they provide, their specific roles on their teams, and the true meaning of their day-to-day work, giving us a behind-the-scenes, in-their-own-words look at why they do what they do. We’re grateful to all staff members, across programs and services, for their passion, knowledge, dedication, and persistence. We continue to feature staff on social media. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to get the latest.
Volunteers and Donors give their time, passion, and resources to help us meet our mission every single day. Addressing and stuffing envelopes, moving furniture, teaching classes, donating goods and services, befriending those who experience isolation, talking about our work at community events, engaging their friends, families, and colleagues in our work; walking to raise funds for advocacy and to beat stigma, and so much more. We couldn’t do our work without them, and it certainly wouldn’t be as much fun!
Partners: We couldn’t do our work without the support and collaboration of numerous partners in the community. Colleague organizations who collaborate with us on initiatives and pilot projects, police officers who come to our office for crisis intervention training, landlords who work with us on housing, hospital and clinic staff…the list goes on and on. This summer, individuals receiving our Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS) enjoyed a day on the river thanks to Let’s Go Fishing, a nonprofit providing opportunity for people who otherwise might not get the chance to go boating and fishing. The Steve Rummler HOPE Network trained Guild staff on how to recognize and reverse opioid overdoses. And 191 clients and their families who are in need will receive a holiday meal from Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels.
Celebrations: We had many moments of celebration this year. Guild board member, Melissa Scanlan-Duncan, participated in the Arthur Murray Minneapolis’ Dancing with Twin Cities Celebrities, and became the 2018 Dance for the Cause Champion! We are grateful that she designated Guild as the recipient for funds raised. As part of Guild for All, our Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity initiative, staff were led through an activity where they were asked to stand under a sign that represented the facet of their personality they most want to be known for. The group under “Compassion” was so large, they filled up an entire wall! And a long-standing tradition – the Delancey Services Picnic – brought staff, individuals served and their families, and even a few pets together for a BBQ, conversation, camaraderie, and fun. Delancey Services works with people who have histories of homelessness.
Thank you for being part of our community, and for making these moments possible. We are grateful for you!
November 13, 2018