Provide opportunities and resources for people with mental illness to gain skills and ability to get back to work, as well as to provide actual jobs and training through an affirmative business.
In 2000, a client of Windhorse Community Services wrote a letter to the Director of WCS:
"Now I am experiencing this beautiful idea (recovery). Yet, something was missing. I felt I would recovery eventually and lead a beautiful, full, even wonderful life, but how would I ever get from being a Windhorse client to an active member in a society with a job? So I came up with the ideas of creating a nonprofit piece to Windhorse, the Windhorse Guild, which would offer a transitional work program for the clients that felt like me. They were feeling better, but how could they make this leap back into the world?"
After a brief business venture in 2000, the Guild turned its focus to providing treatment scholarships for those who could not afford Windhorse services. Over the years the Guild evolved to include the tremendous work of preserving the archives of Windhorse from its origins with its founder Dr. Ed Podvall. It has now expanded and rediscovered its mission of work with the intent of developing transitional jobs and job training for Windhorse clients who are ready to take the important next step in their recovery – finding their way back to work.
The Windhorse method of treatment stems from two central principles. First, that each person is fundamentally healthy and sane and that a mental disorder exists as a secondary overlay to that sanity. Second, that a person's health is inseparable from that of the environment. This leads to a treatment model that treats a condition within a healthy and supported environment. This environment is considered to be the physical domestic life, interpersonal relationships and emotions, and the mind that includes thoughts, attention, and the general sense of personal presence and meaning. The treatment is carried out by a team that works with the patient through domestic activities while implementing healthy life rhythms and providing warm, empathetic relationships. See
www.WindhorseCommunityServices.com for more information.