Connection to nature is essential to our health and well-being. Nature Based Therapy (NBT) connects the healing powers of nature to support people in their physical, mental, social, and emotional health. NBT Services include therapeutic horticulture and animal-assisted support that provide opportunities for people to explore mind, body and spirit through plants, animals and nature.
Touchstone has partnered with the University of Minnesota to bring NBT to people in our apartment programs for seven years. Pictured are residents planting flowers and herbs at Rising Cedar.
Twin Cities chiropractic clinic, The Center of Movement, hosted a blanket drive and raised $6,500 in blankets and donations for Touchstone clients! Pictured above are blankets delivered for residents at Minnehaha Commons. Minnehaha Commons provides housing and 24-hour onsite services for adults ages 55 and older who have experienced homelessness.
Thank you for your continued support and helping people meet their basic needs!
Minneapolis-based software company, Calabrio, selected Touchstone as a recipient of their annual Employee Giving Campaign.
We were overwhelmed with gratitude that Calabrio employees raised $23,931 during the campaign! The funds will support our work throughout the agency.
Watch a short video from Minnehaha Commons resident, Rose, thanking the Calabrio team for their generosity and support of Touchstone.
Touchstone is virtually hosting Dannia, a Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellow, through the U.S. State Department. YLAI connects young entrepreneurs from 37 countries to businesses and organizations in the U.S.. Dannia cofounded an urgent care clinic in her home town of Hermosillo, Mexico, so people with low incomes could have affordable medical care. She worked in Touchstone’s finance and human resources departments during her fellowship. “I’ve been able to learn about Touchstone’s nonprofit business model and how the agency is growing and being successful,” said Dannia. “I hope to visit Touchstone in-person in the future.”
Touchstone recognizes that our programs exist on traditional Dakota land. We recently added a Dakota land map and land acknowledgement statement at each of our programs. Sarah, Touchstone supervisor and of the Mdewakanton Dakota, led a smudging ceremony at each site. She burned sage, cedar and sweetgrass, saying “Wopida” (thank you) for acknowledging her ancestors and all Nations of Indigenous People in Minnesota.
Read Touchstone’s Land Acknowledgement Statement
Residents and staff at Touchstone’s Minnehaha Commons, Rising Cedar and New Hope Apartment programs received their first dose on the COVID-19 vaccine in January. Vaccinations for our residential treatment staff and residents are scheduled in February. We are working with Hennepin and Anoka County Public Health departments for staff in other programs. After a challenging year, getting the vaccine is a relief and brings a sense of hope.