Recent News

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...

A letter from our Executive Director, Vicky Couillard. I imagine you and the people in your life have been challenged to adjust to our new normal just as we have at Vail Place. I sincerely hope that you are doing well, staying healthy and that you have...

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...

THANK YOU to all who joined us on February 19 for our annual Vail Place Theater Arts Program presentation at History Theatre! Stories of Humor, Hope and Healing put mental health recovery in the spotlight on stage. The audience discovered Vail Place member stories through...