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Margaret Humphrey, Uptown Clubhouse Member, Vail Board Member Every day gets a little easier but it’s been tough, with COVID feeling isolated and disconnected from the world. For a while I was overwhelmed and couldn’t do anything.  Now Zoom meetings have helped tremendously.  At least twice a day you’re connecting with people and listening to people you haven’t seen for quite some time.  It’s a big help.  It feels good. I’m proud, as a board member, of all the employees stepping up in the middle of a crisis and enthusiastically engaging in changes, basically overnight.  The leadership team is doing an excellent job in coordinating everything in a short time.  The Vail Uptown Clubhouse called me, and all members, and kept in contact with people and have connected with people we haven’t heard from in long time.  And we’re doing online enrollment. Vail Place is an extraordinary organization.  We have an extremely good board and leadership.  While other agencies have furloughed staff or closed, we’ve adapted quickly and are reaching out in new ways that we wouldn’t have thought of before.  As a member, I feel so blessed to have found Vail Place.  And I’m excited about the new ways we’ve found to reach out to folks that we can continue to use after we reopen so we’ll be able to hear from people who can’t make it to the Clubhouses – maybe because their mental health is too bad and they can’t get out and about; or someone who’s convalescing and can now plug into meetings daily instead of feeling isolated or alone waiting to recover. B.C., Uptown Clubhouse Member

Naomi Fernandez-Rodriguez, Case Manager & Chair of Vail’s Diversity Council Naomi moved to Minnesota from Puerto Rico in 2015 and immediately enrolled in the social work school at the University of Minnesota.  She came to Vail Place as an intern in that same year and was then hired as a case manager in 2016.  In a recent conversation with Development Director, Stefano LoVerso, she shared aspects of her background and experiences that influence her work and her views on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion and her leadership position in the Diversity Council at Vail Place. Stefano:   Would you talk a little bit about your work at Vail Place?  What it's been like adapting during this time – in working with your clients? Naomi: I think it’s been harder because one of the main benefits of case management is establishing that relationship, that trust relationship and reciprocal relationship, and that gets obviously affected when you cannot see people face to face.  The interaction is not the same. The needs are the same and you have to do the same job, with some barriers in the way….  I have actually been providing more than I would do on a regular basis just because I understand that many people don't have other supports and many people are in more distress just because they have less access to social interactions and other services.  So I have been calling and checking a little bit more with people. Stefano:   Tell me about the diversity council. Where it's been, where it is now, where it's going? Your feelings about the work?

By Vicky Couillard, Executive Director What an amazing year Vail Place had in 2019! It warranted more than our usual annual report. What you’ll find in the following pages is a celebration of where we came from, who we are, all we’ve accomplished … and what...

Vail Place has stayed open throughout COVID-19 and successfully adapted to virtual programming throughout the agency. Read our latest news about our virtual programming and check out our 2019 Annual Report with an overview of all our programs. A glimpse inside some of our virtual programs: CLUBHOUSE...

(Hopkins, MN, May 11, 2020) Vail Place, a non-profit organization providing comprehensive services, supports, and resources for adults with mental illnesses, announced it has appointed Kristy Krueger to its Board of Directors. Krueger, a seasoned marketing and brand strategist, is currently Vice President of Marketing...

Vail’s basketball team is off to a 1st place start. Members of Vail’s team scrimmaged on 1/21, which may have helped them tie the People Incorporated Eagles 46-46 on 1/28. The People Inc. Eagles were the 2nd winningest team in Vail’s respective league in 2019. On 1/28,...

Vail Place housing programs focus on providing services that help people find safe, stable and affordable living environments in their communities, with the end goal being successful long term housing retention. Existing partnerships with community agencies such as HousingLink, PPL, Homes For All, local housing...

Sharing Wisdom in the Clubhouse and in His New Self-Help Book Vail Place is fortunate to have a person like Robert (Bob) Griggs, author and former minister, as a volunteer at our Uptown Clubhouse. He started volunteering about five years ago and is an influential member...

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has stated that “the lack of safe and affordable housing is one of the most powerful barriers to recovery.” In southeast Minneapolis, Vail House offers a solution. This 23-bed group residential housing (GRH) provides transitional housing and support...