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Armful of Love is a holiday miracle

2019-02-18T01:09:42-06:00December 21st, 2017|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, Uncategorized|

By Jeff Mortensen President & CEO I mentor a group of eighth-grade boys with a friend of mine, and for this year’s community service project, the group volunteered at 360 Communities Armful of Love.  Volunteering and participating in community service is a healthy developmental aspect for people and an important part of growing vibrant communities.  The [...]

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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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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 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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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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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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360 Communities improves experience for food shelf customers

2019-02-18T01:09:53-06:00July 8th, 2016|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, Uncategorized|

by Sal Mondelli Chief Executive Officer Asking for assistance is not easy for anyone. When people come to 360 Communities for help, they have usually run out of options. Maybe they are unemployed; perhaps their jobs don’t pay enough to cover unanticipated expenses. They could have a medical crisis, a disability, or their retirement savings could [...]

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Increase your impact with 360 Communities

2019-02-18T01:09:54-06:00March 21st, 2016|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, School Success, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

by Sal Mondelli Chief Executive Officer Hall of Fame baseball player Jackie Robinson once said, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” When a person makes a positive impact in the life of another, it produces a lasting legacy. Being a positive force in another person’s life can make [...]

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Survivor Finds Strength in Telling Her Story

2019-02-18T01:09:56-06:00October 1st, 2015|Categories: Get Involved, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

Jules was subjected to sexual assault multiple times by her boss and was revictimized by a company that was not equipped to address her complaints appropriately. She eventually left the company because of the trauma and subsequent health problems she experienced. This past spring, Jules attended 360 Communities’ Sexual Assault Services advocacy training, seeking a way [...]

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