COMPASS (current stories from RESOURCE’s monthly newsletter)

“Most people take at least one medication every day.” — An article from MinnPost about To Really See, an art exhibition starting August 10, featuring work by our ArtWorks program members depicting the medication-taking experience.

Thanks to Men’s Wearhouse, 110 of our program participants have new suits for job interviews. — Learn about #GiveASuit and how it helps our program participants.

“My family is financially poor, we rely on whoever can work in the house to be able to pay the bills.” — Learn about Gao, and how’s she’s overcome the odds to succeed school and go to college.

“Many of our program participants need to focus on basic living expenses like food and rent.” — Learn how you can help us raise 900 backpacks full of school supplies to help children of our program participants.

“I was given an option. Get my life back together or my kids would get taken for good.” — Learn about Candace, who has fought addiction while also raising two kids.

“It was unexpected, humbling, and shocking.” — In this Staff Spotlight, learn about Tiffany and an award she won that’ll help RESOURCE efficiently serve participants.

Martha is an artist. Period. — “You can do it. Keep going. You are worthy of doing beautiful work.” Learn about Martha Bird’s, an artist on the rise despite living with a mental illness.

Jude volunteers to help mothers in treatment connect with their babies — “It’s everything. It’s my purpose.” Learn more about Jude and how she uses her wealth of knowledge from 25 years in the public school system to help new and soon-to-be mothers build connections with their babies.

Taylor volunteers to share the beauty of art — “I’d like to bring some light to people if I can… Come in and bring some good vibes.” Learn more about how Taylor decided to use his artistic knowledge to volunteer at Spectrum ArtWorks.

Volunteering gives Sarah chance to be part of the impact — “To know that I am part of a participant’s journey of getting a job, or landing a career, is incredible.” Learn more about Sarah’s experience as a volunteer, representing Caterpillar as a RESOURCE Business Partner Council member.

RESOURCE receives Minneapolis’ Youth Services Partner Award — RESOURCE received the 2016 Youth Services Partner of the Year by the City of Minneapolis for delivering exceptional services to Minneapolis youth.

Divorce forces stay-at-home parent to suddenly provide living wage for family — “I knew that just taking any old job wouldn’t help me support my kids,” shared Peder, now a single parent of three. “RESOURCE offered the right support to get me on a career path. Their employment services, for displaced homemakers, are the real thing!”

Give to the Max Day, November 17, and #ItStartsWithMeMN (Oct/Nov 2016) – Join Minnesotans across the state on the biggest giving day of the year! Connect with RESOURCE on social and make a gift that helps individuals and families move from  poverty to stability, from addiction to recovery, and unemployment to career advancement.

A student applies for a job and gets a better opportunity (Oct/Nov 2016)- “His employer calls him ‘a rising star,’” added Raddatz. “After additional training and experience over the next couple months, he will be making more than $20 per hour with benefits.”

RESOURCE helps Keleshia get a better job, consider college, and provide a better life for her kids! (Oct/Nov 2016)-“Education is key,” she added. “I don’t want my kids to make my mistakes. I want them to finish school, graduate, go to college, and do whatever their hearts desire.”

Artist raises awareness about mental illness through her art (Aug/Sept 2016) – RESOURCE Spectrum ArtWorks’ core group member discovers respect, community, and supportive services that help her grow as a professional artist. She, along with other core members, are fighting stigma around living with mental illness.

Owner of Minneapolis-based Capitol Café goes above and beyond to employ non-English speaking candidate (Aug/Sept 2016) – Burhan Elmi assists a hardworking, valuable employee grow into her duties on the job, by creating new systems to help her serve his customers.

Getting ready for school. Free backpacks, face painting and fun! (August 2016) — Partners and volunteers provided nearly 1,000 backpacks and additional supplies to outfit RESOURCE families and their children for school! Families all across our employment and recovery services benefited from the overwhelming generosity of our community.

Give a Suit. Change a Life (July 2016)— Men’s Wearhouse is doing their annual National Suit Drive, from July 1- 31. You can drop-off gently worn professional attire to any Men’s Wearhouse location. RESOURCE is a beneficiary of the Suit Drive. Last year we were able to help over 100 men receive a suit and we hope to help more men this year.

Youth program helps Shania step up her career goals (June 2016)— RESOURCE assisted Shania with a career path, her Certified Nursing Assistant license and a stable job at Camden Care as a CNA. “I’ve already accomplished so much…I hope to attend college in the fall to work towards my Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing,” said Shania.

NEW Outpatient Treatment opens in Princeton (June 2016)— “Treatment services have already started with small groups meeting weekly,” shared RESOURCE manager Lori Engblom.”We also have on-site childcare while adults are in the program.”

Guests break the attendance record (June 2016)— Nearly 90 guests come together for RESOURCE’s Stepping Forward Together Conference for Women.”It feels so good to be able to get a better job, consider college, and provide a better life for my kids!” said Keleshia McGraw, RESOURCE’s 2016 Participant Achievement Award recipient.

Employment Services provides a new career path (May 2016)— According to Lisa, Specialized Career Services for Women helped her regain confidence and rebuild her self-esteem. She is ready to take on the world, and pay it forward to others who are walking in her footsteps!

Career pathways, beyond “just getting a job” (April 2016) — “Just ‘getting a job’ isn’t enough for most families,” shares Kara Schommer, director of programs at Neighborhood House. “A career pathway provides the stability parents need for their children, and their communities.”

Career Education receives generous technology donation (April 2016) — Laptops, tablets, projectors, tech and professional-grade hardware tools were gifted from long-standing Business Partner Council member Karyn Gibson. They will be used in multiple training programs.

Mothers achieve recovery and become better parents (February 2016) — Not being able to live with their children while in treatment is a barrier to recovery for many mothers. RESOURCE offers the only options that allow mothers to live with their children, infant to age 17, while in treatment.

Helping people get energized about their life goals (February 2016) — Celebrate What’s Right, a workshop led by RESOURCE career counselor Debbie Lawrence, helps people believe in themselves, overcome fears, and see new opportunities… critical first steps to achieving career goals and personal passions.

Employment Services helps mother pursue a career and stability (February 2016) — “I was homeless with my kids and working,” shared Alandria, single mother with two small children. Specialized career services for women helped her achieve a career pathway for better pay and family stability.

What it takes to overcome a 40-year addiction (January 2016) — “Staying connected to support,” says Wolfgang Schoebridge,“is what I need so I can stand on a firm foundation for recovery.” After 40 years of struggling with addiction, Wolfgang is in recovery and “getting better.”

RESOURCE is certified as a Service Enterprise (January 2016) — Certified by Points of Light Foundation, one of the world’s leading volunteer organizations, RESOURCE opens up skills-based volunteer opportunities for even deeper impact in its communities.

Living, working (and skydiving) with a disability (November 2015) – When Rick lost his mobility in a car accident, he could have given up. Instead, he has learned new job skills and remains open to new experiences.

Giving exceeds goal on Give to the Max Day! (November 2015) – Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s biggest day of philanthropy, was November 12. The generosity of our supporters made this year the biggest GTMD ever!

RESOURCE services are growing in Ramsey County (November 2015) – A recent contract award from Ramsey County expands RESOURCE’s recovery services to support Ramsey County residents living with a mental illness.

Give to the Max Day is November 12, 2015 (October 2015) – Individuals and families at RESOURCE are taking positive steps to achieving their dreams. Donors and friends are invited to Give to the Max this day… every gift adds up!

Trusting in recovery offers sweet satisfaction (October 2015) – RESOURCE’s outpatient treatment program helped Greg Kemp achieve recovery. Now, he’s giving back.


Spectrum Artworks group exhibition to open at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (October 2015) — “An opportunity like this is the first-ever for the artists and the museum,” shares RESOURCE program coordinator Jes Reyes. The public opening is Thursday, November 5, from 6 – 7 p.m.

Backpack drives prep kids for success in school (September 2015) –Two school supply drives helped equip children of families in our recovery programs with backpacks and supplies for they needed new school year.

No longer living under a label (September 2015)– “Understanding my mental illness helps me breakthrough stigma,” shared Ramario White, age 27. With support, he’s launching a new career.


More youth than ever experience summer camp (September 2015)–Every summer, RESOURCE helps children enjoy their first summer camp experiences. Aniyah and Shaniyah Manning were two of several youth we sent to camp this summer.

Recovery is the freedom to make better choices (July 2015) — “Recovery opened my eyes,” shared Linda, alumni of RESOURCE’s chemical dependency outpatient treatment program. “I gained freedom to make the choices I needed to, to change.”

Minnesota employers help train a diverse workforce (July 2015) — Valton Henderson of Blue Cross Blue Shield shares how business partners play a role in training students of all abilities for the “world of work.”

Impossible Things exhibit opens May 13 at The Nicollet (April 2015) — The Spectrum ArtWorks exhibition features new work by 16 artists, inspired by the Queen’s quote in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass: “Why sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Marcallina is set for her dream career (April 2015) — Stressed, alone, and working too many hours away from her children, Marcallina decided she needed a change. Finding support and career coaching at RESOURCE helped catapult her into a career path.

2015 Achieving Dreams Award honors partners’ volunteerism and support (April 2015) — More than 80 attend the Annual Celebration event to honor Ameriprise Financial, Medica Behavioral Health, Park Nicollet and UPS for their commitment to the families and individuals we serve.

$2,000 is her wish come true! (February 2015) — Two RESOURCE participants in our women’s employment programs had their wishes come true when each received $2,000 through United Way’s Holiday Wishes initiative just over a month ago. Learn more>>

H.E.A.R.T. merges operations with RESOURCE (February 2015) — To ensure that H.E.A.R.T., Inc.’s mission remains long-lasting, it combined operations with RESOURCE, effective May 24, 2014. Learn more>>

Whenever possible, support programs for vets (November 2014) — Our veterans have such varying needs for support. Communications manager Kim Sheagren meets two veterans in RESOURCE programs to learn about the mix of programs that are helping them navigate their goals. Learn more>>

Spectrum ArtWorks: Home away from home (October 2014) — “Spectrum ArtWorks brought out in me something I did not know I had,” shared Audrey Bernard, painter and member of Spectrum ArtWorks. Finding community and support, among other artists living with mental illness, helped her discover a talent and passion for the arts. Learn more >>

Career Compass is where career education intersects with high school (October 2014) – Students living with disabilities and other personal barriers, in three Minnesota public school districts, are imagining their career and life potential. Learn more>>

RESOURCE opens recovery program in Princeton (October 2014) — Princeton area care providers and community members attended an open house in September for RESOURCE’s new Princeton location. Learn more about the recovery programs being offered specifically for pregnant and parenting mothers and their children. Learn more>>

A life story worth its weight in gold (September 2014) — Addition is a dark, all-encompassing disease, according to Curtis Glenn Batton, an alumnus of RESOURCE’s outpatient treatment program. “I take recovery very seriously,” shared Curtis. “I am a miracle.” Learn more>>

Wells Fargo equips 250 children and youth for school (September 2014) — Thanks to Wells Fargo employees’ participation in our 2014 Build-a-Backpack Drive, 250 children received backpacks and supplies they needed to start school. The employees joined families at their summer picnic and witnessed the children’s excitement firsthand. Learn more>>

Getting the help you need to find a good job (September 2014) — “I know I had work experience,” said Jorge Eliecer, resident of the West Side neighborhood in St. Paul. “I just needed help making a resume and explaining my abilities.” With help from the West Side Employment Collaborative, Jorge secured a job, with advancement, near his home. Learn more>>