Courageous Stories

Highlighting community stories of courage, strength and resiliency

Stevena Builds a Stable Life with Wilder Youth Supportive Housing Services

Before Stevena Troupe moved into Lincoln Place in July 2019, she had slept in her car for two months while holding down a job. At Lincoln Place, a supportive housing development in Eagan for youth who have experienced homelessness, the 23-year-old turned her studio apartment into a home. Read this story »

Interns Learn Along with Children at Wilder Child Development Center

The Wilder Child Development Center provides high quality early childhood education for children age 16 months to five years. This fall, two young adults also found hands-on learning opportunities at the Center. They recently completed five-week paid internships through a partnership with Face to Face, a Saint Paul nonprofit that serves… Read this story »

Homework Starts with Home Provides Rental Assistance and Help with Pandemic Safety

When the pandemic arrived in Minnesota, Antonia Coleman gave her family members kits with masks, hand sanitizer and wipes to ensure that they were as protected as possible from the coronavirus while on the go. Then Antonia brought the idea to work. Read this story »

Remembering Paul Verret

Paul Verret dedicated nearly his entire life to Saint Paul. Through his career, his influence, and his personal generosity, Paul had an immeasurable impact on Wilder’s many community partners and our program and service participants. Sadly, Paul passed away in June 2020. Read this story »

Wilder Supporters Share Why They Give

Generous donors like Faith Her, Mike and Kathy Buendgen, Ilse and Omar Akbar, and the Mayer and Bongard families share how and why they support Wilder.   Read this story »

Wilder Volunteer Loves Giving Caregivers a Break

Longtime Wilder volunteer Johanna (Jo) Stammeier-Toole has given over 1,000 hours of her time to the Wilder Community Center for Aging. Jo first started volunteering in the Adult Day Health program. When the program closed in summer 2020, she then volunteered to work with a new caregiver respite program, Wilder Connect. Read this story »

Wilder Research Helps St. Louis Park Understand and Find Solutions to Food Insecurity

Food insecurity—not having reliable and sufficient amounts of affordable, nutritious food—may be an unfamiliar term, but the problem is not new. Food insecurity is tied to poverty, but is also impacted by transportation, low wages, housing and health care costs, and access to grocery stores. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, food… Read this story »

Wilder Mental Health Forges New Ways of Connecting with Telehealth

In a usual year, Wilder provides mental health and recovery services to more than 2,000 children, families and adults in the mental health clinic at Wilder Center, in schools and in the community. 2020 was no ordinary year. Read this story »