Call us: (952) 985-5300 | Lewis House Crisis Hotline: (651) 452-7288

Violence Prevention & Intervention

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 [...]

Comments Off on Resilience and hope during the COVID-19 pandemic

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 [...]

Comments Off on Mother honors daughter with Facebook fundraiser

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. [...]

Comments Off on 360 Communities delivers safety and stability to the whole family

Another transformation from victim to survivor

2019-11-05T13:51:10-06:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Columns, Success Stories, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

Lucy's situation In March, Lucy called the 360 Communities Lewis House hotline because of abuse taking place in her home. She arrived at the shelter, afraid about her future. Lucy had several barriers to overcome. She was unemployed, homeless, uninsured, and had significant health issues. In her first few weeks, she suffered from anxiety and [...]

Comments Off on Another transformation from victim to survivor

Doreen L’Allier, pillar of support, celebrates retirement

2019-11-05T13:51:42-06:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Columns, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

Delivering safety and stability that improves lives starts with building trusting relationships, and Doreen L'Allier knows all about that. 360 Communities has developed expertise in this area over the course of more than 45 years in the nonprofit space. Across our program areas, our staff and volunteers stabilize crises, provide support, goal planning and advocacy, [...]

Comments Off on Doreen L’Allier, pillar of support, celebrates retirement

Looking beyond the mirror at the Lewis House

2019-08-15T14:34:51-05:00August 13th, 2019|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

Looking beyond the mirror In her spring semester, Maris Krekelberg took a Contemporary Feminism course at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. For her class project, she created a piece of art that focused on the intersection between body image, self-esteem, and sexual violence to inspire women to look beyond the mirror. Maris Krekelberg [...]

Comments Off on Looking beyond the mirror at the Lewis House

New data underscores power of our holistic approach

2019-06-07T14:33:43-05:00May 31st, 2019|Categories: Columns, Community Resources, School Success, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

360 Communities has strategically built an infrastructure to collect and report meaningful progress and community impact through data. In addition to reporting output data such as pounds of food distributed, numbers served, and financial information, 360 Communities is now able to show how its holistic approach impacts an individuals movement toward their self-defined goals. The progress [...]

Comments Off on New data underscores power of our holistic approach

Employee Spotlight: Ikram Hashi

2019-06-24T09:27:46-05:00May 31st, 2019|Categories: Columns, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

When Ikram Hashi arrived in Minnesota from Somalia at age 11, she and her siblings were wearing jackets ... in June. Their mother and father were waiting for them at the airport. “Our parents laughed at us for wearing jackets,” she says, “We thought it was cold in America year-round,”said Hashi.  Today, Hashi [...]

Comments Off on Employee Spotlight: Ikram Hashi

360 Communities employee recognized for commitment to ending domestic violence

2019-05-24T15:14:29-05:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: Columns, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

Standpoint, formerly known as the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project (BWLAP), recently honored 360 Communities Community Resource Worker Doreen L’Allier with the 2018 Journey of Hope Award for her work to end domestic and sexual violence. “For the past 30 years I have had the honor to work with and for survivors of domestic and sexual [...]

Comments Off on 360 Communities employee recognized for commitment to ending domestic violence

Supporter organizes fundraising events open to the public

2019-05-24T15:16:50-05:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

Giving back has been an essential part of John Lynch’s life for the past 40 years. To him, “it just feels right.” He started volunteering by helping coach Little League and high school baseball. John Lynch Lynch is also a Vietnam veteran and has volunteered to support veterans’ causes. He is retired but currently serves as [...]

Comments Off on Supporter organizes fundraising events open to the public