Rotary Club of Minneapolis University
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Minneapolis University

A small and mighty group of local professionals and a global network of 1.2 million Rotarians.

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
The Commons Hotel, formerly Radisson
615 Washington Avenue Southeast
Upper level
Minneapolis, MN  55414
United States
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Meeting Date: May 31, 2017

paul vliem, development manager, tasks unlimited

Mental Illness and Mental Health in the Twin Cities: Implications and Solutions 

As Tasks Unlimited’s development manager, Paul Vliem connects the community with the mission of advancing mental health in the Twin Cities. He is responsible for building greater awareness of Tasks’ mission and its impact in the lives of people living with severe mental illness.  Prior to his position with Tasks Unlimited, Paul worked at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits as development and project manager. Paul is on the board of a number of nonprofits, including Frogtown Farm in Saint Paul and the Association of Fundraising Professionals – MN Chapter. Paul holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Calvin College.
Ninety-three thousand adults in the Twin Cities metro live with a severe mental illness like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression. Sixty percent of people who are homeless have a severe mental illness. Twenty percent of those in our prison system do as well. People with a severe mental illness are over three times more likely to become addicted to illicit drugs, and die on average 25 years earlier than others – largely due to treatable medical conditions. While the numbers are daunting, there are solutions that are working. This discussion will cover the prevalence of mental illness in the Twin Cities and the solutions available to advance mental health in our communities.
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We are a diverse, welcoming and energetic group of 20 business and professional leaders and community volunteers connected to each other and to the communities we serve.  Our members seek to make a difference in our Minneapolis-St. Paul community and in countries throughout the world through our service to people in need. 

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615 Washington Avenue S.E., Minneapolis

Washington Avenue is open for limited vehicle access. If traveling by car, take I-94 (from either direction) to the Huron Blvd. exit and turn left on Washington Avenue. Proceed to the corner of Washington and Walnut. Turn right on Walnut and an immediate left into the Commons Hotel valet parking.

The Green Line is now open for service and the Commons Hotel is easy to access from either downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul. Green Line trains arrive and depart every 10 minutes throughout the day. Take the Green Line to the East Bank rail stop which is less than 1 block away from the Commons Hotel. Fare: $1.75

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