About Us

the mindful works Mission

Employment. Confidence. Community.

We aim to provide job-driven training and real employment opportunities to those in recovery from mental illness. Program participants develop skills in the design, production, and sales of high quality, hand-crafted, wellness, meditation, and home décor products. Through a combination of individual empowerment and community involvement, we intend to erase the stigma associated with mental illness.

Our History

Mindful Works was established as a social enterprise in 2014 by Windhorse Community Services and is overseen by The Windhorse Guild, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit. Windhorse Community Services offers an innovative approach to the treatment of mental illness and Mindful Works’ job-skills and transitional employment program furthers their mission. Studies confirm that work is a critical component in the establishment of independent living and wellbeing for those recovering from mental illness.

Mindful Works, initially called Infinitely Simple, was intended as a welcoming place for those who were entering or reentering the workforce. The name has changed, but the goal remains. Mindful Works is a workplace that invites trust, incites motivation, and inspires confidence.

Our Team

Susan Williams, MSW

Susan Williams, MSW

Executive Director

Thomas Van De Bogart

Thomas Van De Bogart

President, Board of Directors

Clark Morrell

Clark Morrell

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Mike Levy

Mike Levy

Board Director

Marie Schaffner

Marie Schaffner

board director

Johanna Black

Johanna Black

Board Director

Phil Braudaway-Bauman

Phil Braudaway-Bauman

Board Director

Carol Wilson

Carol Wilson

Volunteer

Diane Gollnick

Diane Gollnick

Volunteer

Keri Wray

Keri Wray

Operations Assistant

Luchi Ball

Luchi Ball

Seamstress

Cathy Gauch

Cathy Gauch

Seamstress

In Our Hearts Forever

Cara Ohliger

Liz Weiher

The benefits to me have been profound.
I have a lower level of anxiety regarding working, and I have more confidence regarding working. I’ve been given a lot of different opportunities to do and try new things and be very supportive … I enjoy it that much and I’m hoping I’ll get the opportunity here to continue learning as much as I would need to, to find outside employment.

— Tracy


I look forward to going to work at Mindful Works.
The job gives me structure and a sense of purpose in the day. There’s never a dull moment, and it always teaches me something. Lessons that I wouldn’t learn anywhere else.

— E.A.


I’m learning not to take things personally.
I also realize that I have some leadership qualities – with that comes a little stress, but it feels good.

— W.P.

community support

Dedicated to Value

As Mindful Works strives to eliminate obstacles to employment for those in recovery from mental illness, we have achieved a strong community partnership with the Division of Rehabilitation and community mental health providers. Mindful Works is a trusted community partner.

Mindful Works offers transitional employment—a real job and a real salary—to program participants as they train and prepare for the time when they will begin their search for employment in the community. Participants cultivate a work ethic as they hone job-related skills such as:

  • Time management (including attendance and punctuality)
  • Attention to detail
  • Teamwork
  • Project planning and implementation
  • Practicing interpersonal skills

Training and experiences vary based on each participant’s skill and ability level, and their interests. Opportunities range from sewing – to computers – to sales – and just about everything in between. This transitional work experience translates to a positive line on a resume, a positive work reference, and a boost in self-esteem. Mindful Works paves the path for rewarding employment in the community.

Our Partners

 

Boulder Community Health

Colorado Recovery

Department of Vocational Rehabilitation

Interfaith Network on Mental Illness (INMI)

Mental Health Partners

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)

Windhorse Community Services

Our Supporters

First Congregational Church of Boulder
REDF

Board of Directors

Tom Van de Bogart
Clark Morrell
Johanna Black
Mike Levy
Phil Braudaway-Bowman
Marie Schaffner