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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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Farmers Markets share fresh produce

2020-08-09T15:20:06-05:00August 7th, 2020|Categories: Columns, Community Resources, Get Involved|

The Burnsville Family Resource Center recently joined the Rosemount Family Resource Center to offer free fresh produce distributions once a week, made possible by a partnership with Second Harvest Heartland. In Burnsville, the free outdoor market is open on Mondays between 2 pm and 4 pm, through September. In Rosemount, it takes place on Thursdays, [...]

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Our statement on the killing of George Floyd

2020-06-03T20:33:59-05:00June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Columns, Uncategorized|

We must be the change George Floyd By Jeff Mortensen President & CEO The death of George Floyd is profoundly upsetting. The unrest sparked by his killing has underscored a stark reality. The United States is known as a land of hope and opportunity, but black Americans live in a country that subjects [...]

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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

2020-05-27T12:38:19-05:00May 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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