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Delivering safety and stability to prevent homelessness

2022-11-05T13:10:27-05:00November 4th, 2022|Categories: Columns, Community Resources, Housing Support, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

Safe, affordable, stable housing is a foundation for having strong families and communities. But far too many Dakota County residents either lack or are at risk of losing this vital and most basic need of shelter. On any given night in Dakota County, there are more than 300 people who are homeless and without adequate [...]

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Leading out of trauma

2022-05-20T14:02:18-05:00May 18th, 2022|Categories: Columns, Community Resources, School Success, Success Stories, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

A message from Jeff Mortensen, President & CEO  I once heard someone say that humans are the most adaptable creatures on earth…when forced to be!  Human history is full of all kinds of crises, periods of growth, and steep recessions.  These experiences, and the accumulated lessons learned, help us innovate and transform if we also inspire [...]

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Celebrating 50 years in Dakota County

2022-03-08T20:15:12-06:00March 8th, 2022|Categories: Columns, Community Resources, Get Involved, School Success, Success Stories, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

a message from President & CEO Jeff Mortensen 360 Communities started as a small group of social-minded individuals who turned belief into action. Their unifying desire to live out values for the good of others was contagious and engaged the broader community in contributing time and resources for over five decades. By building [...]

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End Victim-Blaming

2021-05-09T10:43:28-05:00May 6th, 2021|Categories: Columns, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

End victim-blaming a message from President & CEO Jeff Mortensen Every 73 seconds, a person is sexually assaulted in the United States, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). The majority of sexual assaults are never reported to police, and for those that are, only 5 out of every [...]

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Statement on the Chauvin verdict

2021-04-21T11:50:23-05:00April 21st, 2021|Categories: Columns, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

It is a deeply emotional time.  The guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin provides a momentary relief from the extreme tensions felt by many and provides a sense of accountability.  However, the outcome of this trial will not restore the life taken from George Floyd.  Nor will it fix the systemic racism ingrained in [...]

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360 Communities meets adversity with community support

2021-02-09T20:14:03-06:00February 5th, 2021|Categories: Columns, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

a message from Jeff Mortensen, President & CEO View our 2020 Impact report! A person who accessed 360 Communities services recently wrote, “I know it takes a large team to do what 360 Communities does, and the impact on personal lives and families is greater than you know.  Thank you for the [...]

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Be the hope during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

2021-10-29T08:27:16-05:00October 16th, 2020|Categories: Columns, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

360 Communities President & CEO Jeff Mortensen October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month To say that the year 2020 has been a challenging one is a vast understatement. But with all of the adversity we are facing, it is clear that our communities still have an enormous capacity to look out for the [...]

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Vote now for a better community

2020-10-16T17:47:47-05:00October 15th, 2020|Categories: Columns, Community Resources, Get Involved, School Success, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

This year's election goes beyond who will be president. Your vote is your voice on issues affecting housing, education, employment and healthcare. Help make a difference in your community and let’s vote on or before November 3rd! Have you registered to vote yet? Do you know how to track your absentee ballot? Information can be found in 11 languages [...]

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Courage to meet the need ahead

2020-08-11T13:44:51-05:00August 7th, 2020|Categories: Columns|

A message from President & CEO Jeff Mortensen U.S. Representative John Lewis On July 17, 2020, U.S. Representative John Lewis died at the age of 80 after a six-month battle with cancer.  Representative Lewis was a civil rights icon who fearlessly fought for human rights and racial equity.  He labored to create a [...]

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360 Communities partners with mother to stabilize home

2020-08-09T10:29:45-05:00August 7th, 2020|Categories: Columns, School Success, Success Stories|

Lydia separated from her husband at the beginning of the school year. Her landlord removed her husband from the lease, but rental payments were still linked to his bank account. When her husband stopped making payments, Lydia and her two children were at risk of eviction. So, staff at her two boys’ elementary school referred her [...]

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