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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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Mother achieves housing stability

2022-11-13T10:31:06-06:00November 4th, 2022|Categories: Community Resources, Housing Support, Success Stories, Uncategorized, Videos|

Family faces homelessness Jasmine is an optimistic person and looks for the positive in every situation. But recently, she faced a crisis that has become all too common in Dakota County: the prospect of homelessness. Jasmine and her nine-year-old daughter moved from one apartment to a larger one in the same complex and became involved [...]

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Dakota County housing collaboration helps tenants facing eviction

2022-11-13T10:26:47-06:00August 21st, 2022|Categories: Community Resources, Housing Support, Uncategorized|

The need is here The affordable housing shortage in Dakota County is impacting the most vulnerable in our communities. 360 Communities has worked with families and individuals for decades to ensure their shelter is safe and stable. But the pandemic and inflation are creating a pronounced housing hardship for many.  When COVID-19 arrived, and the [...]

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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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In Memory of Barbara Johnston

2022-05-24T09:07:13-05:00May 16th, 2022|Categories: Community Resources, Get Involved, Giving Back, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

Johnston family turns grief to hope with help from Frogtown Curling Billy Johnston, his daughters Amanda and Emily, his grandchildren Rowan and Isla, family friend Travis Cummings, and Frogtown Curling's winning bidder, Bruce Alexander, recently presented a $7,000 check to 360 Communities Lewis House staff. Barbara [...]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Carolyn Thornton

2022-05-19T10:46:26-05:00May 15th, 2022|Categories: Community Resources, Get Involved, Giving Back, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

Carolyn Thornton began her volunteer career at 360 Communities over seven years ago. She has supported sexual assault victims/survivors and neighbors seeking stabilizing resources at the Burnsville Resource Center. “I love giving my time, talent, and meager money to those less fortunate," says Carolyn. She says that working with victims/survivors of sexual [...]

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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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Volunteer Spotlight: Don Oettinger

2022-03-08T20:16:35-06:00March 7th, 2022|Categories: Community Resources, Get Involved|

Giving back for more than a decade Don began volunteering at 360 Communities when he retired in 2008. He first volunteered with our Armful of Love holiday gift program but quickly branched out to support the Burnsville Resource Center and Food Shelf. “Volunteering for 360 Communities is like a two-way street. You get way more [...]

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Break the Stigma

2021-07-07T15:19:17-05:00May 6th, 2021|Categories: Community Resources, Get Involved, Uncategorized, Videos|

Break the Stigma of asking for help Asking for help is not easy for anyone, especially when a person needs to reach out to an agency like 360 Communities for the first time. With the Break the Stigma campaign, 360 Communities hopes to eliminate the shame people often associate with asking for [...]

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Volunteer with a battle of her own continued to fight for others

2021-10-28T11:38:51-05:00October 27th, 2020|Categories: Community Resources, Get Involved, Uncategorized|

Longtime 360 Communities supporter Mary Laeger-Hagemeister believed in people and the power of friendship. She knew that with a solid foundation of resources and support, anyone could reach their goals. She also recognized that anyone at any given time could need help. For years, Mary volunteered at the Burnsville Family Resource Center, meeting with families [...]

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