the mindful works mission
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.
Mindful Works was established as a social enterprise in late 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.
Meet Our Team
Susan Williams, MSW
Thomas Van De Bogart
President, Board of Directors
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Secretary, Board of Directors
In Our Hearts Forever
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
Boulder Community Health
Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
Downtown Boulder Partnership
Interfaith Network on Mental Illness (INMI)
Mental Health Partners
National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)
Social Enterprise Alliance
Windhorse Community Services
First Congregational Church of Boulder
Board of Directors
Tom Van De Bogart