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Child Care Aware leader celebrates 25 years at 360 Communities


Dedication to quality child care When Mischelle Ulrich first applied to work at 360 Communities, she recognized that the organization did more than address immediate needs. They had their eye on prevention and investing in future generations. This upstream vision inspired Mischelle to work on supporting quality child care access in her community in various [...]

Child Care Aware leader celebrates 25 years at 360 Communities2023-02-19T17:19:59-06:00

Mother achieves housing stability


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 [...]

Mother achieves housing stability2023-03-16T12:49:13-05:00

Leading out of trauma


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 [...]

Leading out of trauma2022-05-20T14:02:18-05:00

Celebrating 50 years in Dakota County


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 [...]

Celebrating 50 years in Dakota County2022-03-08T20:15:12-06:00

Susan’s Story


IN CRISIS, FINDING HELP Susan needed help. Her instincts told her that she and her young children were not safe in their home.  “Because my abuser works in law enforcement - he knew how to hurt me without leaving marks,” Susan says, “He threw things at me, threatened to punch me, and left [...]

Susan’s Story2021-10-30T13:54:22-05:00

Driven student overcomes barriers with Partners For Success®


For any student, the start of their senior year of high school can be somewhat stressful. For Jordan, she found herself homeless in the middle of a pandemic. Fortunately, she had a friend whose family invited her to stay with them. But Jordan faced many adult decisions most students are not prepared to handle on [...]

Driven student overcomes barriers with Partners For Success®2021-10-28T12:27:53-05:00

Young mother charts safe future


Sarah fled an abusive home life for the Lewis House with little more than the clothes on her back. She was 19 and pregnant, scared to leave the only home she had ever known, and only two weeks away from delivering. Sarah needed shelter and support. 360 Communities Lewis House advocates welcomed her. In the [...]

Young mother charts safe future2020-10-16T10:01:50-05:00

360 Communities partners with mother to stabilize home


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 [...]

360 Communities partners with mother to stabilize home2020-08-09T10:29:45-05:00

Resilience and hope during the COVID-19 pandemic


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 [...]

Resilience and hope during the COVID-19 pandemic2020-05-11T11:55:30-05:00

Mother honors daughter with Facebook fundraiser


Michele Costello’s daughter, Megan Hallquist, passed away last month at the age of 30 from acute liver failure due to complications from diabetes. Costello remembers Megan as “a feisty, funny, giving person, who never thought of herself before others.”  Megan was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when she was an [...]

Mother honors daughter with Facebook fundraiser2020-05-14T12:31:59-05:00
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