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This year, Give to the Max Day is on November 14th. Give to the Max Day is a wonderful yearly opportunity to support a charity that makes an impact in your community, and we are deeply grateful that so many continue to support us during...

You're invited to join us on Wednesday, October 23rd at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Wayzata for the premiere of the Vail Place musical: Many Voices, One Song! It's a Dr. Vail Hour program unlike any we've done before. With a "grab your partners, dosey doe"...

Sure, you know about The Dr. Vail Hour. Perhaps you’ve attended the annual fundraiser breakfast or lunch and seen the entertaining show. With Vail Place members, staff and volunteers sharing real, meaningful stories of mental health recovery, each year’s Dr. Vail Hour program is not...

A complete transformation at Vail Place If you knew Jim six years ago, before he started coming to Vail Place, you probably wouldn’t recognize him today. Jim was a self-described loner and introvert. He didn’t like being around people and preferred alone time to any social activity. With his shy disposition, a community environment like Vail Place was the last place he wanted to be, but his ex-wife, who was a longtime member, pushed him to go. He recalls his discomfort, “Initially, I really didn’t want to be here.”
A journey from isolation and unhappiness to social fulfillment Teal G. was in a dark place before coming to the Clubhouse. She was very isolated and lonely. And when she would spend time with others, she chose people who, as she describes them, were not good for her. She was also disowned by her family. She recalls, “I had difficulties going into the hospital multiple times, engaging in self-injury, everything. It was no good.”

Vail Place recently developed an innovative service model targeting individuals who are experiencing a variety of challenges and barriers to stability. Based on the many occasions where we’ve seen people fall through the service cracks, we had a vision of creating a “wrap-around”  program that could...

Veteran finds support system at Vail Place When you take a tour of Vail Place, you might just be guided by a man named Richard. Richard is a veteran who served in the Army for four years in the early 1980s. He was a support person with the Special Forces and was a paratrooper with 25 jumps as well. For the last 15 months of his service, he was stationed in Germany, and after leaving the Army, he spent some time touring Europe. A few decades later, however, Richard found himself struggling with homelessness, mental illness and financial problems. After a very difficult time in his life, Richard reunited with his family in Minnesota, and they helped get him started in a treatment program at the V.A. hospital there, which was the beginning of his recovery. He commented, “I was still kind of messed up. I wasn’t thinking right.” While in treatment at the hospital, he remembers watching a video that included an image of Vail Place’s Minneapolis Clubhouse. He knew he needed a place to go after daytime treatment, and he thought the Clubhouse could be a good fit. Richard’s father and stepmother arranged a tour for him, and he became a member of the Uptown Club in December of 2006. Though he didn’t realize it then, Vail Place would become a huge part of his life.

On Monday, August 26th, Vail Place staff and members participated in Mental Health Awareness Day at the Minnesota State Fair for the second year in a row. More than 50 mental health organizations participated, giving visitors a chance to explore mental health and wellness resources through...

 By Katie Leverentz
We're very pleased to announce that our Ragnar Relay Race event was a massive success! A group of 12 runners, event volunteers, driver volunteers, and countless donors have been preparing since January to pull this off and raised about $8500 for Vail Place. We ran for 38 hours, one by one, and finished 371st out of 373 teams. That may sound bad, but guess what? We had 3 members run and they each finished their leg of the race and were so proud and happy for what they accomplished- and that’s all that matters to us. And we finished the darn race!

By Greg a member of Vail Uptown Clubhouse It’s August and to us in Minnesota, USA , that means we’re soaking up the sun at the RAGNAR RACE! On August 16-17, a group of Clubhouse members, staff, and volunteers will run the 200+ mile relay race...

The annual Vail Uptown Garage Sale will be here before we know it.  This year it will be Friday, August 2nd & Saturday, August 3rd To donate items for the sale, bring your items for donation to the Uptown Minneapolis Clubhouse (address below) between 8am-4:30pm on...