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Dakota Healthy Families Earns National Accreditation

2015-08-17T07:30:15-05:00August 1st, 2015|Categories: School Success, Uncategorized|

In June, the Metro Alliance for Healthy Families received national accreditation from Healthy Families America (HFA), a program of Prevent Child Abuse America. The highly effective HFA model of home visiting is based upon a stringent set of 12 critical elements grounded in more than 30 years of research. The accreditation process involves an in-depth examination of [...]

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New outreach role at 360 Communities Lewis House supports long-term success

2019-02-18T01:09:58-06:00June 1st, 2015|Categories: Columns, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

By Doreen L'Allier Community Resource Worker Sandy had been on the run from her abuser for years, including a period of homelessness when she lived in a tent with her three children. Mary also became homeless after experiencing domestic violence. Both women found safe haven and support at 360 Communities Lewis House and discovered a pathway [...]

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360 Communities helps families take steps for success

2019-02-18T01:09:58-06:00June 1st, 2015|Categories: Columns, School Success, Uncategorized|

By Lisa Lusk Director of School Success Sandra is a single mother raising three children. She is employed, but the income is not enough to support her family. Her estranged husband offered no financial support and her income was too high to qualify for government assistance. At the beginning of the school year, staff at her [...]

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Help Curb the Endemic Problem of Sexual Violence

2019-02-18T01:09:58-06:00April 15th, 2015|Categories: Columns, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|Tags: , , |

by Carol Connelly Sexual Assault Services Program Coordinator Several years ago, Jules was laid off from a construction company. Her former supervisor, Frank, maintained communication with her and encouraged her to reapply when there was a new opening. She had been unemployed for 15 months when Frank advised her of a job opening. She applied and [...]

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Holistic Support Starts with Conversation

2019-02-18T01:09:59-06:00March 25th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

By Sal Mondelli President & CEO The Vicksburg family drove into the Burnsville Family Resource Center parking lot in a Ford truck with everything they owned. They told 360 Communities staff and volunteers they were hungry and out of options. Volunteer Sue completed a financial screening to understand the depth of the family’s crisis. They had [...]

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360 Communities Builds Awareness with National NO MORE Campaign

2019-02-18T01:09:59-06:00March 22nd, 2015|Categories: Columns, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

By Jeff Mortensen Chief Operating Officer The pictures were of a woman’s face, battered and bruised. One eye was purple and swollen. And she wore an expression of hopelessness, as if everything had been taken from her. The pictures were attached to an email sent through our website seeking help. They are difficult to look at, [...]

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In memory of Bill Ganz 1937-2015

2015-03-22T15:56:20-05:00March 22nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

Longtime 360 Communities volunteer Bill Ganz passed away on March 3rd. Many will remember Bill for his military career, his love of family and friends, his sense of humor, and his steadfast support of the underprivileged in our communities. Bill was introduced to 360 Communities in 2007 through his membership in the Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club. [...]

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Partnering to Secure Shelter for Homeless Teen

2019-02-18T01:09:59-06:00March 21st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

Colin moved to Minnesota from Iowa to live with his mother after his father kicked him out of his house. His mother Catherine, however was homeless as well, and the two of them hopped from couch to couch for weeks until Catherine began a relationship with Rick. The two moved in with Rick, but it wasn’t long before tensions arose between [...]

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360 Communities Starts the Conversations that Lead to Greater Impacts

2019-02-18T01:10:00-06:00March 13th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

By Sal Mondelli President & CEO Early in February, Beth walked into 360 Communities Burnsville Family Resource Center for a food shelf appointment. Like all first-time food shelf customers in Burnsville, she met with one of our staff to have a conversation about her situation. Financial Support Worker Natalie Schmidgall completed a financial screening to uncover [...]

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360 Communities Provides the Gift of Support

2019-02-18T01:10:00-06:00December 30th, 2014|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, Uncategorized|

By Karla Bauer Burnsville Family Resource Center Coordinator Twelve-year-old Miya had one wish this holiday season: to have her own guitar. Miya’s parents were not in a financial position where they could afford the luxury of buying holiday presents for their two children, let alone an expensive gift like a guitar. They signed up for 360 [...]

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