Introducing Two Rivers Residential Treatment

When Minneapolis Residential Treatment moves to their remodeled building in the Longfellow neighborhood in spring 2022, the new name will be Two Rivers! Two Rivers represents the point where the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers join together near Fort Snelling. Our programs are unique, and we’re excited to have a name that connects with our community.

Touchstone purchased the building at 3805 East 40th Street in June and remodeling will begin soon.

Mosaic Memorial at Minnehaha Commons

Artist Lori Greene of Mosaic on a Stick, is working with Minnehaha Commons residents, staff and volunteers in creating a mosaic in memory of the six people who perished in a fire on the site (formerly McMahon’s Pub) in April 2010. The mosaic uses calming colors to symbolize healing for the family members, Minnehaha Commons residents and the community. The artwork is also a tribute to all people who have experienced homelessness. It will be installed in a common area at Minnehaha Commons.

Family members of the individuals who died in the fire were invited to Minnehaha Commons for a commemoration of the mosaic, and to learn more about the program. A family member compared Minnehaha Commons to a rising phoenix – emerging from catastrophe into something powerful. Another family member read a beautiful poem to honor their loved ones.

With Hope

This is not at all
How we thought it was supposed to be.
We had so many plans for you.
We had so many dreams.
And now you’ve gone away.
And left us with the memories of your smile.
And nothing we can say
And nothing we can do
Can take away the pain, the pain of losing you, but
We can cry with hope, we can say goodbye with hope
‘Cause we know our goodbye is not the end.
And we can grieve with hope ‘cause we believe with hope,
There’s a place where we’ll see your face again…
-Steven Curtis Chapman

Boston Scientific Volunteers Lend Helping Hands

Our Portland Place residential treatment program was in major need of some yardwork clean-up. Boston Scientific’s PRIDE Employee Resource Group (ERG) came to the rescue and volunteered to spruce up the outdoor space with weeding, planting, mulching, and staining a fence. Thank you, Boston Scientific and HandsOn Twin Cities for coordinating the project!

Announcing a $40,000 Matching Grant!

Touchstone is thrilled to share our news of receiving a $40,000 matching grant from the Otto Bremer Trust for the purchase of a new building for our short-term residential program in Minneapolis.

We will only receive the grant if you can help us reach our $40,000 goal.  

Our residential program provides 24-hour services in a structured, supportive environment for people experiencing a mental health crisis or transitioning from a hospital to their home.

Our current residential program has operated in the Seward neighborhood for over 29 years, but we need an updated space. The existing building is not accessible and only has 9 bedrooms for 14 people. The new building, located in the Longfellow neighborhood, will be transformed into an accessible, healing environment with 16 single bedrooms, community space for art, music, activities, and shared meals. Pictured above are Touchstone leaders and program staff at the new building.

We are excited to begin renovations and plan to relocate our program after the building remodel is completed by spring 2022.

Help us meet our goal by donating today!

Your gift to Touchstone will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $40,000.

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Touchstone Mental Health is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible as allowed by law. 

Mystic Lake Guests Donate $9,600 to Touchstone

We are excited to announce that Mystic Lake Casino’s Change For The Better program raised over $9,600 for Touchstone! Casino guests generously donated their change to support Touchstone from May 16 – 31, 2021.

“We’re so grateful to be a selected recipient of Mystic Lake’s Change For The Better program and encourage guests of Mystic Lake to consider supporting us by donating their change,” said Ellie Skelton, Executive Director. “Funds raised will go far in supporting the people we serve and their mental health recovery.”

Nature Based Therapy

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.