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Violence Prevention & Intervention

360 Communities helps domestic violence survivor move from victim to victorious

2019-05-24T15:21:12-05:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: Columns, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and in recognition of the month, 360 Communities wants to highlight the story of one survivor. Deb survived a decades-long abusive marriage. Lewis House staff walked alongside her and her daughter as they reclaimed their lives and wrote their own successful future. Read Deb’s story, in her own words, about how [...]

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Holistic support provides hope at Lewis House

2019-05-02T13:27:35-05:00June 25th, 2018|Categories: Columns, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

Kathy and her three children moved from Texas to Minnesota in 2016 to live with her boyfriend, Rick. It wasn’t long after they moved in with him that Rick became abusive. Kathy contacted Lewis House for help. Advocates helped her safely leave home and enter the shelter. They worked with her on safety planning and employment. [...]

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360 Communities adapts to meet the needs and the future

2019-02-18T01:09:42-06:00February 17th, 2018|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, School Success, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

By Jeff Mortensen President & CEO The community landscape is ever-changing. Populations shift, new needs develop, and resources expand and contract. For more than 45 years, 360 Communities staff members have worked hard to understand clients holistically and provide customized support. Our mission reads: In the spirit of caring for our neighbors, 360 Communities provides hope [...]

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Lewis House is a beacon of hope

2019-02-18T01:09:42-06:00December 12th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

When survivors are ready to leave our Lewis House shelters, 360 Communities staff asks them to complete an anonymous survey about their experience with 360 Communities. With a victim-centered approach, we use these surveys to better understand how supported survivors feel when they leave the shelter. We are always looking for ways to improve as well. [...]

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Volunteer advocates provide needed support to survivors of sexual assault

2017-09-04T15:34:44-05:00August 13th, 2017|Categories: Get Involved, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

According to RAINN, every 90 seconds another American is sexually assaulted. Sexual assault victims are three times more likely to experience depression and six times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. 360 Communities Sexual Assault Services volunteer advocates play a vital a role in helping survivors cope with the aftermath of an assault with [...]

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Ranger has been an invaluable resource for survivors

2019-02-18T01:09:43-06:00August 10th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

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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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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Working upstream to impact future generations

2019-02-18T01:09:43-06:00April 2nd, 2017|Categories: School Success, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

Prevention is a cornerstone of 360 Communities’ work to strengthen our communities to a new degree. We are working in the home with first-time parents, supporting the cognitive and social development of children in their first four years. We work with day care providers to improve the quality of child care settings and help make sure [...]

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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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Moving on to the next chapter

2019-02-18T01:09:52-06:00October 1st, 2016|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, School Success, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

By Sal Mondelli CEO Emeritus After a very rewarding four plus years as CEO, I have handed the reins over to Jeff Mortensen effective October 1, the start of the new fiscal year, as part of an orderly transition plan which was set in motion over 18 months ago. If five years ago you would have [...]

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