Mission: To transform the lives of people with mental illness through recovery-oriented community support services that empower them to achieve self-sufficiency.
Programs: Provided services to over 1,731 adults with serious mental illness living in hennepin county. The agency provided housing services to 323 individuals (100% who obtained new housing kept it for at least six months); provided employment related services to 191 individuals (83% who received employment support worked for at least 60 days). The case management program served 346 individuals (94% of which maintained stable housing in the community and 87% of which avoided hospitalization). The community support program-"clubhouse"-served 871 individuals (98% of individuals surveyed agreed they were treated as if they could grow, change and recover, 98% of those surveyed agreed that they deal more effectively with daily problems as a result of using vail place services).
Vail Place is a club house for people living with mental illness. Members gather to make friends, build community, get help finding work and housing and share the responsibilities with the staff of taking care of the building. It’s a place where they feel safe and are able to be themselves without judgment from others.
Volunteering for the organization was one of the bright spots of my week! My job was to take members grocery shopping with the organization’s van and then drop them off at their homes. This helped simplify what can be a time consuming and logistically challenging errand, especially to those using public transportation; to one that was fun, efficient and also allowed people to buy more groceries at one time.
I always felt so welcome at Vail Place that I would attend their morning meeting, go shopping and then come back and socialize and have lunch. The staff and members work together to make this a great place to come to.