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Our mission is to help people identify and achieve goals that lead to a healthier, more independent life. We offer a range of housing options and supportive services, anchored by compassionate and skilled staff.

About

At Everyday Living, we believe a strong team effort and meaningful relationships are the keys in moving individuals facing mental illness toward a healthier and more productive life.

Mental illness can impact more than the individual. Family, friends and community members oftentimes take on additional responsibilities and are called on to help a loved one throughout life or for a temporary period.

We are here to help.

EDL provides an environment where residents, staff and family communicate openly about goals and expectations. We believe in a supportive network that works toward a more independent lifestyle.

History

Owners Blake Elliott, Kevin Guillory and Jeff Johnson founded Everyday Living in 2010. However, the inspiration developed over many years while Jeff and Kevin worked in Adult Foster Care (AFC) settings. They both developed a passion for helping people make progress in their lives, including moving out of group homes to more independent settings. But they saw a need for a program to help support people after they moved on from AFC, and that is how the Everyday Living dream began to take form.

While Jeff and Kevin had experience in AFC settings, Blake’s passion for the field came from personal experience. As a result of a car accident, Blake’s younger brother suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury in 2003. Blake gained a unique understanding of the challenges faced by families in the treatment and care of those in our community. With an understanding of needs and a vision of making a difference, Blake, Jeff and Kevin decided to start Everyday Living. Everyday Living opened its first Adult Foster Care home in March 2010 and since has grown to more than 20 properties ranging in size and service provided. EDL started a Supportive Housing program in 2011 and began offering Independent Living Skills (ILS) and 24-hour emergency services to its residents and in community settings. In addition, Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) began being offered in 2014 and Customized Living in 2015. EDL now serves people throughout the Twin Cities and in the St. Cloud area.

Mission

“We believe we can help people identify and achieve goals that will help them to improve their lives.”

Leadership

Nick Cheney
Program Director

nickc@everydaylivingmn.com

Nick’s official role: supervising our site supervisors. Since that title doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, we call him the Metro Area Personnel Manager. He is responsible for overseeing — and collaborating with — the leaders of all of EDL’s programs in the area. That job has Nick wearing many hats, because he has to know the ins and outs of each of our diverse programs. Nick could also be classified as a Professional Listener. He’s our ear on the ground, learning what’s happening throughout EDL and what we can do to make our programs even better.

Nick came to EDL with more than 10 years of experience in the field. He attended the University of Minnesota — Duluth and joined EDL in 2011.


Amanda Finley
Services Director / Designated Coordinator

amandaf@everydaylivingmn.com

Amanda is responsible for ensuring that EDL’s services are high quality. She’s also tasked with growing and developing those services, addressing concerns and being a resource for program supervisors.

As if that job description isn’t already enough to keep Amanda on her toes, she’s known as the first person to raise her hand when the team needs extra help. Her work ethic stems from a passion for helping the people she serves. She herself has faced more than her share of challenges in life — and worked hard to overcome them — and she says that helps her relate to residents.

Amanda holds an associate’s degree in visual communication and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She joined EDL in December of 2011.


Curt Johnson
Human Resources Director / Designated Manager

curtj@everydaylivingmn.com

Curt is a big part of why the EDL team is more like a family. He’s responsible for recruiting, hiring and training new employees — and he has a stellar eye for finding outstanding people who really care about their work.

Curt has a professional background in IT, but found his true calling at EDL. He says working for EDL is the first time his job hasn’t felt like a job. He’s passionate about hearing people’s stories and watching them grow and succeed. And it shows.

Curt holds a degree from St. Cloud State University, and he joined EDL as soon as we opened our doors in 2010.


Tabitha Nystuen
Central Regional Director

tabithan@everydaylivingmn.com

Tabitha Nystuen is responsible for assessing and placing residents, ensuring the EDL sites are properly maintained, providing leadership and training to employees, and overseeing operations of all sites within the St. Cloud area. Tabitha has been a loyal employee of EDL since 2011 and has proven her abilities time and again with her excellent work ethic and grit.

The motivating factor for Tabitha and the reason she has stayed in the mental health field since 2007 is that she loves to watch individuals grow through challenges. She enjoys seeing the clients succeed and become more independent.

Board

Jeff Johnson
Owner

Jeff brings more than 10 years of experience in the Adult Foster Care field to his work as Owner and Director of Personnel. He has experienced the field from nearly every conceivable professional angle, including as a direct care staff member, an assistant supervisor, a house supervisor, an area quality assurance supervisor and director of personnel. Jeff’s diverse experience at all levels of the Adult Foster Care field contributes to his knack for team building.


Blake Elliott
Owner

For Blake, a commitment to the services offered at Everyday Living simply couldn’t be more personal. In 2003, Blake’s younger brother suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury as a result of a car accident. Blake has a unique understanding of the challenges faced by the Everyday Living community and their families. His background in real estate development and operations been instrumental in EDL’s expansion.


Kevin Guillory
Owner

For more than 10 years, Kevin’s career path closely mirrored Jeff’s as they gained experience across multiple specialties in the same Adult Foster Care facility. Kevin’s passion is ensuring that each client has access to the resources and support necessary to maximize skill development and quality of life.


Joseph Mucha
Advisor

After a 35-year career in Human Resources, Joe Mucha retired from General Mills in 2006 as Vice President of Human Resources, Bakeries and Foodservice, a $2 billion division. Prior to his career at General Mills, Joe held several positions in HR for pharmaceutical company Pfizer. He served in the U.S. Army for three years as a battery commander stationed in Okinawa, earning the rank of captain. He has served as chair of the Board of Trustees at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, as well as holding board positions for Scherer Brothers Lumber and the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.


Robert Spinner
Advisor

With a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, Bob Spinner has over 32 years of experience in the health care industry. Prior to retiring in 2001, he served as President and CEO of Abbott Northwestern Hospital (1985-1997) and President of Allina Hospitals and Clinics (1997-2001). More recently, Bob served as Interim CEO for Catholic Charities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for Catholic Eldercare and N.C. Little Memorial Hospice.