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Resilience and hope during the COVID-19 pandemic

2020-05-11T11:55:30-05:00May 6th, 2020|Categories: Columns, Community Resources, School Success, Success Stories, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

by Jeff Mortensen President & CEO The pandemic has caused increased levels of uncertainty and anxiety across communities. Dakota County experienced a 3,000% increase in unemployment applications, with more than 37,000 people seeking help in just the last 30 days. Although COVID-19 presents an extraordinary crisis in recent history, families who struggle through hardships have [...]

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Local chef feeds youth in Rosemount

2020-05-20T11:01:17-05:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: #RFRCExpansion, Columns, Community Resources, Get Involved, Success Stories|

Las Tortillas Owner Ryan McGunnigle (left) and Chef Roberto Morua at the Rosemount Family Resource Center Grand Opening in February. Ryan McGunnigle is a Dakota County native and a graduate of Rosemount High School and Dakota County Technical College. He is the owner of Las Tortillas Mexican Restaurant and has been supporting the [...]

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360 Communities celebrates growth and sustainability

2020-02-18T15:09:45-06:00February 14th, 2020|Categories: Columns|

By Jeff Mortensen President & CEO This is my thirteenth year at 360 Communities, and 2019 was one of our most intense years of meeting challenges with mission-driven intentionality. We continued to elevate our community impact with effective service delivery for clients, and maintained a relentless determination toward understanding and delivering the highest social returns for [...]

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360 Communities delivers safety and stability to the whole family

2019-12-19T12:45:54-06:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Columns, School Success, Success Stories, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

By Jeff Mortensen President & CEO Already this year, at least 14 Minnesotans have been murdered in domestic violence-related incidents. Victims include two sisters, a mother of three, the elderly, and a family member who intervened to stop his cousin’s assault. The devastating impacts cut across all socioeconomic lines. We need to change in our society. [...]

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Another transformation from victim to survivor

2019-11-05T13:51:10-06:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Columns, Success Stories, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

Lucy's situation In March, Lucy called the 360 Communities Lewis House hotline because of abuse taking place in her home. She arrived at the shelter, afraid about her future. Lucy had several barriers to overcome. She was unemployed, homeless, uninsured, and had significant health issues. In her first few weeks, she suffered from anxiety and [...]

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Doreen L’Allier, pillar of support, celebrates retirement

2019-11-05T13:51:42-06:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Columns, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

Delivering safety and stability that improves lives starts with building trusting relationships, and Doreen L'Allier knows all about that. 360 Communities has developed expertise in this area over the course of more than 45 years in the nonprofit space. Across our program areas, our staff and volunteers stabilize crises, provide support, goal planning and advocacy, [...]

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Partners For Success® supports student success

2019-08-15T14:34:40-05:00August 13th, 2019|Categories: Columns, School Success, Success Stories|

By Jeff Mortensen President & CEO Last school year, 55 Dakota County students graduated high school with support from 360 Communities’ Partners For Success program. When one of those students crossed the stage in June to receive his diploma, few in the audience understood the mountain of obstacles he overcame to reach that milestone. 360 Communities [...]

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Timeline of school success, from birth to graduation

2019-08-20T11:12:07-05:00August 13th, 2019|Categories: Columns, School Success|

360 Communities’ Child Care Aware staff train day care providers to improve their ability to support kindergarten readiness.  This ensures children develop the necessary social and cognitive skills to succeed when they enter school. This past year, our Child Care Aware specialists helped 102 providers earn Parent Aware Star ratings, which demonstrate that they have [...]

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Looking beyond the mirror at the Lewis House

2019-08-15T14:34:51-05:00August 13th, 2019|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

Looking beyond the mirror In her spring semester, Maris Krekelberg took a Contemporary Feminism course at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. For her class project, she created a piece of art that focused on the intersection between body image, self-esteem, and sexual violence to inspire women to look beyond the mirror. Maris Krekelberg [...]

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Groundbreaking set for Rosemount expansion!

2019-06-19T11:34:15-05:00May 31st, 2019|Categories: #RFRCExpansion, Columns, Community Resources, Get Involved|

On June 6th, 360 Communities and the City of Rosemount began an expansion project that will transform service delivery at the Rosemount Family Resource Center and Food Shelf. While at the groundbreaking, 360 Communities staff, volunteers, and board members joined with city officials and other community members to celebrate the work [...]

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