Courageous Stories

Highlighting community stories of courage, strength and resiliency


Bilingual Volunteers Help Center for Social Healing Feel Like Home

Connecting bilingual, bicultural volunteers with underserved cultural communities provides an enriching experience at the Wilder Center for Social Healing. Read this story »

Twin Cities Mobile Market Means More Fruit and More Opportunities to Share

Gail Johnson likes her apartment in the Humboldt Senior Apartments in Saint Paul, and she loves the caring attitude among the residents of her complex. The 80-year-old retired church secretary is often found in the community room in the basement of the complex, sharing coffee and conversation with other residents of her community. She’s… Read this story »

Neighborhood Leadership Program Graduate Helps Start Youth Group

A Neighborhood Leadership Program graduate brings youth to the table by starting a mentor group in East St. Paul, MN. Read this story »

I Didn't Know I Was A Leader: An Alumna's Experience In The Latino Leadership Program

Not realizing she was already a community leader, an alumna recounts her confidence-building experience in the Latino Leadership Program (Programa de Liderazgo Latino). Read this story »

Northside Achievement Zone

There is a lot of buzz today about how nonprofits can use data to solve the world’s problems. At the Northside Achievement Zone it is more than a buzz, it is a strongly held belief. We can use data to end multi-generational poverty, but we must have the right partner. That’s why we chose Wilder Research. Read this story »

Helping Older Adults Live their Best Lives with Adult Day Health

Twice a week, 81-year-old Jerry Castle spends the day chatting with friends, painting, gardening, playing trivia, exercising and joining in other activities that engage his mind and body at Wilder’s Adult Day Health program. Read this story »

How a Caregiver Found Support to Help With Her Husband's Dementia

One caregiver shares her journey of finding Wilder's Healthy Aging & Caregiving services to help with her husband's dementia. Read this story »

It's Grown to Be Our Home: A Whole-Family Focus at the Child Development Center

All four of this parent's children attended the Child Development Center, where she found the specific academic, social and emotional support she and her family needed to succeed and thrive. Read this story »