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Success Stories from our work

Leading out of trauma

2022-05-19T10:49:47-05:00May 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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Susan’s Story

2021-10-30T13:54:22-05:00October 28th, 2021|Categories: Success Stories, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

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 [...]

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Driven student overcomes barriers with Partners For Success®

2021-10-28T12:27:53-05:00August 11th, 2021|Categories: School Success, Success Stories, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

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Young mother charts safe future

2020-10-16T10:01:50-05:00October 15th, 2020|Categories: Success Stories, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

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 [...]

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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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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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Mother honors daughter with Facebook fundraiser

2020-05-14T12:31:59-05:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Get Involved, Success Stories, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

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 [...]

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Local chef feeds youth in Rosemount

2020-12-15T13:59:51-06:00May 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 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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