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Ladder of Hope

Our Ladder of Hope events are a chance to hear unforgettable stories of hope and recovery from staff, clients, and community members. Learn what Guild is all about while enjoying a free lunch and networking with other members of your community.

2020 Ladder of Hope Events

Oakdale Ladder of Hope:
October 28, noon–1 p.m.
Inwood Oaks, Oakdale

Lakeville Ladder of Hope:
November 11, noon–1 p.m.
Brackett’s Crossing, Lakeville

Bloomington Ladder of Hope:
December 9, noon–1 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, Bloomington/Minneapolis South

What Should I Expect at the Ladder of Hope Events?

A quick, one hour program, including:

  • Stories of the work that Guild does in our community
  • Testimonials from Guild staff and clients
  • A free lunch
  • A chance to socialize

What is the Goal of the Ladder of Hope Events?

We amplify the incredible work of our staff and the courage of the individuals we serve by featuring stories from our staff, clients, and supporters. We hope to inspire attendees to become donors, volunteers, or community partners. We believe that together, we can change lives.

Why Should I Donate?

Guild meets unmet needs through an array of innovative and integrated services for those struggling with mental illness or long-term homelessness to help them achieve stability, gain confidence, and enhance their personal wellness. With your support, we’re able to help some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

History of the Ladder of Hope Events

The Ladder of Hope events began in 2005 with a single breakfast event in St. Paul meant to engage the community in the amazing work we do. Due to growing numbers of attendees, in the coming years, we added an additional event in Minneapolis and switched from breakfasts to luncheons. In 2019, we added a third luncheon in Lakeville to accommodate our growing group of supporters in the southwest metro area. We had over 1,357 attendees in 2019!

Frequently Asked Questions

When are the Ladder of Hope Events?

Guild has multiple Ladder of Hope events each winter in various locations around the Twin Cities metro.

Where Do I Park?

Free parking is available at each Ladder of Hope event space.

Oakdale: Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building.

Lakeville: Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building.

Bloomington: Free parking is available in the lot surrounding the hotel. There are four entrances into the hotel (north, south, east, west) with parking near each entrance. Lots near the west (main) entrance and north entrance fill up first because they are closest to the lobby. We will have volunteers inside the hotel at each entrance to direct guests to the ballroom. Be aware that on the east side of the hotel, near the restaurants, there are some spaces that are restaurant parking only.

Can I Invite Friends?

Of course! One great way to help and have fun with your friends is to be a Table Captain. Table Captains fill a table of 10 people (including yourself) who may be interested in investing in Guild’s mission. We recommend that you invite 12-13 people. This allows for those with schedule conflicts or last-minute schedule changes. If more than nine guests are able to attend, we will do our best to seat everyone at adjacent tables.

Interested in being a Table Captain at a Ladder of Hope event? Contact our Development Team at

What Do I Wear?

Come in whatever you feel comfortable wearing. Since the Ladder of Hope events are during the lunch hour, many attendees come straight from the office in their work clothes. No need to dress up!


Contact Development at or call our Development Director at (651) 925-8454.