Partners in Creative Expression

Thanks to Aroha Philanthropies, people in our programs can participate in creative self-expression through our partnership with Art Lab Rx.

Art Lab Rx is a mobile mental health counseling agency specializing in art and wellness programs. Art therapists  guide individuals through the creative self-expression process to explore concerns and feelings and reduce symptoms. The agency has a bus, “Maggie”, that can host classes and art shows.

Watch our video to learn more about the program and our fall 2021 art show.

 

Touchstone’s Admin Office is a Registered Naloxone Access Point

Drug overdoses are the no. 1 cause of accidental death in the United States. It’s time for that to change.

Touchstone’s administrative office is a registered Naloxone Access Point (NAP)! We’ve joined with the Steve Rummler HOPE Network to make naloxone readily accessible to Minnesotans. Pick up a free kit from our office in Minneapolis during office hours. Please take a training on how to use the kit before picking it up.

Touchstone’s administrative office: 2312 Snelling Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404.
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Touchstone Receives Funding to Address Social and Racial Inequities with Health Promotion Activities

We’re excited to share that we received a grant from the City of Minneapolis to address social and racial inequities in public health as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant will fund tobacco, alcohol and substance use screening and support groups, and physical activities/fitness at our agency programs in Minneapolis.

Funding is provided through The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Touchstone Receives Welcome Home Kits for People Moving Into an Apartment

We’re excited to receive 70 Welcome Home Kits for people served in our residential and housing programs thanks to Greater Twin Cities United Way‘s ‘Home for Good’ campaign!

The kits contain essential household items like hygiene products, kitchen utensils, towels, cleaning supplies and more. These kits will help our clients moving into an apartment get settled in their new home.

Home is More Than Shelter

Frances had nowhere to live. She spent her days finding a meal, a place to sleep for the night, and figuring out how to be safe and survive. She “couch hopped”, lived in shelters and on the streets for seven years until Touchstone helped her have a home.

She grew up in South Dakota on the Rosebud Reservation and is enrolled in the White Earth Reservation. After losing her home, she moved to Minneapolis to be near family. She couldn’t find a job and soon the cycle of moving in and out of the shelter system became her life.

Before long, being on the streets and looking for shelter caused her physical and mental health to decline. “Being homeless is so hard,” said Frances. “Living in a shelter takes away your sense of safety, your identity, and your relationships.”

Frances wanted to have a normal life. She met with county staff who referred her to Touchstone’s Housing Innovations program. Our staff helped her with verifications and documents needed to have a lease. “I couldn’t do all of the paperwork by myself, it wasn’t doable,” said Frances. “My staff person was great, she helped me through the application process and helped me move.”

Frances moved into her new home in September. She said, “I’m amazed at my new apartment, it’s beautiful and in a nice neighborhood. I have a home, a place where my family can visit, and a space to do my art.” She’s also excited that she is reconnecting with her 12-year-old son and sees her granddaughter every week.

Homelessness has no season and neither does Touchstone. Our services help end the cycle of homelessness and supports people on a new path. You can change the path of another’s life by making a donation to Touchstone.

“I have a new life thanks to Touchstone,” says Frances. “Thank you, thank you!”

Donate Today

 

Touchstone Mental Health is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Inspire 2021

Many thanks to all who joined us for Inspire 2021. We are excited to share that we exceeded our fundraising goal! Thanks to our sponsors and supporters, we raised over $55,000 for our programs that help people move out of homelessness and fund renovations for our new short-term residential building, Two Rivers, opening next spring.

Did you miss the event?
Watch Inspire 2021:

Thank you to our Top Sponsors

Diamond

Platinum
Choice Bank
SUCCESS Computer Consulting
U.S. Bank

Gold
Dominium Inc.
Old National Bank