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Dakota County Public Health recognizes Rychner’s work

2019-02-18T01:09:43-06:00May 20th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Dakota County Public Health Department recently recognized 360 Communities' Director of Self-Sufficiency Anika Rychner with a Public Health Achievement Award Honorable Mention in recognition of her work to transform 360 Communities food shelf system to deliver healthier choices to our clients. "This is more than a personal honor for me," says Rychner, "It really is [...]

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Our roles in navigating community fear and uncertainty

2019-02-18T01:09:43-06:00April 10th, 2017|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, School Success, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|Tags: , , |

By Jeff Mortensen President & CEO Imagine not knowing how you’re going to provide the evening meal for your children when they arrive home from school. Imagine arriving home 15 minutes late and looking at yourself in the car’s rearview mirror before you enter your home…recalling the facial bruises your spouse brutally inflicted on you the [...]

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360 Communities shatters March Campaign goals!

2019-02-18T01:09:43-06:00April 7th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

During Minnesota FoodShare's March Campaign, 360 Communities had goals of raising $100,000 and 50,000 pounds of food to help fight hunger in Dakota County. Together, we beat both goals and collected more than $110,000 and over 94,000 pounds of food! Businesses, faith communities, schools, law enforcement agencies and more ran fund and food drives for us. This [...]

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360 Communities’ approach supports self-sufficiency

2019-02-18T01:09:43-06:00April 7th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

When 360 Communities Housing Support Worker Marissa first met Meredith in 2015, she had just moved into Dakota Woodlands homeless shelter with her two sons. Meredith was able to find housing and obtain a 24-month housing subsidy through Dakota County, moving herself and her sons into a townhome in Lakeville. Having her rent subsidized for this [...]

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360 Communities addresses increasing need with healthy food access

2017-05-03T11:54:35-05:00March 16th, 2017|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, Uncategorized|

by Anika Rychner Director of Self-Sufficiency Think of the last thing you ate.  Are you still full?  Or is your stomach rumbling?  Are you worried about where your next meal will come from?  Or will it be easy and stress-free for you to find a nutritious meal?  Unfortunately for many Minnesotans, especially children, having enough food [...]

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In the spirit of caring for our neighbors, Armful of Love is a gift

2019-02-18T01:09:43-06:00December 24th, 2016|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, Uncategorized|

by Anika Rychner Director of Self-Sufficiency A four-year-old girl jumped into the arms of 360 Communities’ Sophia Bond and squeezed her tight after she gave her a new winter coat.  When the little girl arrived at Armful of Love with her mother in the minus 10-degree weather to pick up their gifts, Sophia quickly noticed that [...]

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Ranger has been an invaluable resource for survivors

2019-02-18T01:09:43-06:00November 20th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Victim Support Dog Ranger’s first time supporting a domestic violence survivor was at a pretrial hearing. 360 Communities had been working with Veronica for years. It was an ongoing situation and it was intensely stressful and emotional for the client. When she would recount the violence, she would often be overtaken with emotion and start to [...]

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Ranger: an innovative new resource for survivors

2019-02-18T01:09:44-06:00November 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

An exciting 360 Communities initiative involves a creative way to provide survivors of abuse additional support. We are working with an organization called Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs (PawPADs) that trains service dogs to respond to traumatic events, like mass shootings or disasters. 360 Communities has hired Victim Support Dog Ranger, pictured with Outreach Advocate Stacie Burke. Studies have shown [...]

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360 Communities: your relationship to community needs

2019-02-18T01:09:44-06:00October 28th, 2016|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, School Success, Uncategorized|

by Jeff Mortensen President & CEO Do you have eyes that see the courage and struggle in the people around you? We each hold a unique perspective and are more likely to see those things that “fit” our own world view. With life’s many distractions and our personal mindsets, it takes being open with intentionality to [...]

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360 Communities supports survivors every month of the year

2016-11-10T12:36:36-06:00October 20th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

October is designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but vigilance, conversation, education, and advocacy about the issues of domestic and sexual violence is needed year-round. According to the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, at least 13 Minnesotans have died as a result of domestic violence in 2016. One out of four college women experience sexual assault on campus. Recently, [...]

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