Entries by Dani Rischall

2019 Success Chrysalis Celebration

By Alysha Clark While walking into the Goodman Center for our Annual Success Celebration, I would have never dreamed of the participation and inspiration that came out of it.  Each year, Chrysalis hosts a Celebration of Success to recognize the successes of the Consumers, Staff, and Chrysalis. We also have staff available to serve delicious […]


By Linda Hansen The dictionary defines gratitude as “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” The saga of the mentally ill is a sad one for many.  Lives that are going well are suddenly disrupted by the mind in shambles which affects life in negative ways. This is […]

Seed to Sales: Marketing

By Ron Roberts This year, Chrysalis Pops added a new dimension to the process. They invited myself and one other person to join them in finding new ways to promote Pops.  We explored a wide variety of marketing tools. We attended marketing meetings in some very upscale meeting rooms, and we learned and contributed some […]

Seed to Sales: Marketplace

By Ron Roberts This year’s Willy Street Fair had four stages with bands performing and numerous vendors, including Chrysalis Pops. I actually worked a shift selling those delicious pops. So, I’m writing this from a more hands-on perspective than I did with the garden and kitchen posts.  Despite the occasional rain and slightly chilly temperature, […]

Seed to Sales: Kitchen

By Ron Roberts After visiting the local gardens where most of Chrysalis Pops ingredients are grown, the next logical visit was to the local commercial-grade kitchen where the pops are actually made. I talked to a couple more of Pops’ employees and learned of yet another great local business relationship with Chrysalis. The FEED Kitchens […]

Purpose and Passion

By Furman Avery If someone were to ask you what your purpose and passion were what would you say?  If you had asked me that question about 25 years ago I would have told you straight up I had no passion and not much of a purpose.  Then three dates happened to me, the first […]

Seed to Sales: Garden

By Ron Roberts If you’ve ever been to one of Madison’s community gardens, you’ve probably noticed how much love and joy goes into and comes out of these organic plots of earth and produce. The Madison Christian Community gardens on the west side produce much of the ingredients used to make Chrysalis Pops. Chrysalis’ partnership […]

Chrysalis Pops Leads the Way

By Ron Roberts Hi. I am Ron Roberts and I had a wonderful opportunity to participate in a podcast, Lead the Way with Anna Gouker, on behalf of Chrysalis Pops. Anna Gouker’s podcast aims to find effective ways of creating change and inclusion in our communities. Pops was a good fit for one of her […]


by Linda Hansen and Alysha Clark Integrity means being honest, being true to yourself, and comes with compassion. Chrysalis Vocational Peer Specialist, Matthew Strickland, shares what integrity means to him. “Integrity means listening to your inner voice and aligning your actions and intentions. People can show integrity by sharing what they feel is valuable to […]

Chrysalis chosen to Participate in National Study Looking at the Effects of Employment on Disability and Wellness

by Jenny King Chrysalis is among 30 agencies across the country selected to be part of the federal Supported Employment Demonstration.  The Supported Employment Demonstration is a 6-year study funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration. The study, conducted by Westat, looks at how employment services, provided along with integrated behavioral health and social services, can […]