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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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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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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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End Victim-Blaming

2021-05-09T10:43:28-05:00May 6th, 2021|Categories: Columns, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

End victim-blaming a message from President & CEO Jeff Mortensen Every 73 seconds, a person is sexually assaulted in the United States, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). The majority of sexual assaults are never reported to police, and for those that are, only 5 out of every [...]

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Be the hope during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

2021-10-29T08:27:16-05:00October 16th, 2020|Categories: Columns, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

360 Communities President & CEO Jeff Mortensen October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month To say that the year 2020 has been a challenging one is a vast understatement. But with all of the adversity we are facing, it is clear that our communities still have an enormous capacity to look out for the [...]

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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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Vote now for a better community

2020-10-16T17:47:47-05:00October 15th, 2020|Categories: Columns, Community Resources, Get Involved, School Success, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

This year's election goes beyond who will be president. Your vote is your voice on issues affecting housing, education, employment and healthcare. Help make a difference in your community and let’s vote on or before November 3rd! Have you registered to vote yet? Do you know how to track your absentee ballot? Information can be found in 11 languages [...]

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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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