Mission: To transform the lives of people with mental illness through recovery-oriented community support services that empower them to achieve self-sufficiency.
Programs: Vail place provides community-based support based on the internationally-proven clubhouse model as well as case management, collaborative community programs, housing, and outreach services throughout the twin cities. The clubhouse model provides a whole-person approach to mental health recovery that has been at the forefront of promoting integrated health care for people with serious and persistent mental illnesses. 2017 program service accomplishments: 1) created new programs, vail care and vail connect, designed to increase community outreach and to focus more attention on overall wellness programs. 2) employment programs expanded to include new partners, like tj maxx and kowalski's. We received significant media attention for helping provide transitional employment, proving once again that adults with mental illness can make productive contributions to employers and their communities. 3) new partnership with north memorial impacted over 300 people, decreasing hospital readmissions by an average of 84%. 4) new communications strategies broadened the overall reach of our message, attracting the attention of new supporters and deepening the commitment of existing donors, volunteers and other partners.
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.