Courageous Stories

Highlighting community stories of courage, strength and resiliency


Community Equity Program Helps Lindberg Chambliss Advocate for Anti-Racist Education

Lindberg Chambliss moved to Minneapolis in October 2020, intent on helping drive positive change after the murder of George Floyd. Lindberg, who had previously lived in Minneapolis, was exploring ways to support anti-racist education when an acquaintance shared an opportunity on LinkedIn for the Community Equity Program at Wilder. Read this story »

Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative supports older adults to remain healthy and in their homes

A 2018 AARP survey of adults shows that 3 out of 4 adults age 50 and older want to stay in their homes and communities as they age, yet many don’t see that happening for them. Read about how Wilder Research worked with a collaborative of organizations serving older adults in three states to evaluate how their model worked amidst the… Read this story »

Sarah brought her daughter to Wilder’s mental health clinic, and found healing for the whole family

Twin Cities physicians Sarah and her husband Joel were shocked two years ago when their high-performing, vibrant youngest daughter experienced a mental health crisis. They brought their daughter to Wilder’s mental health clinic for help, and found support for the whole family. Read this story »

Dolores Jones’s kids inspire her to volunteer at the Wilder Child Development Center

Dolores Jones first came to Wilder as a parent to children at the Child Development Center. Then she became a volunteer to demonstrate her values for daughter Ce’nia, 4, and son Cashius, 3. “My children are what inspire me to volunteer and find my place in the world,” Dolores says. Read this story »

Our community needs mental health and substance use disorder services more than ever

Wilder’s goal is to help children, adults and their families grow and heal with our mental health and wellness services. Together with participants, partners and the community, we are focused on making trauma-informed and culturally centered services accessible for Minnesotans. Read this story »

Interact Center for the Arts Demonstrates Social Value Using Research

As an organization run by professional, practicing artists, one of Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts' strengths is the creativity they bring to addressing challenges. For more than 25 years, Interact has been creating art that challenges perceptions of disability. Read this story »

Rachel’s journey from couch hopping to home starts at Lincoln Place with Wilder’s housing support

During her three years at Lincoln Place, 23-year-old Rachel worked hard to finish school, start a career, build credit and understand and work through trauma. She recently marked a major life milestone when she moved out of the supportive housing development for young adults who have experienced homelessness. As Rachel reflects on her… Read this story »

Tonya’s family creates a stable life with Wilder's housing services

Tonya B. and her teenage son stayed wherever they could before they were accepted into a Wilder supportive housing service for working families who were experiencing homelessness. Tonya, who also has two adult children and a grandchild, began working closely with Wilder’s supportive housing team to rebuild her life. Read this story »