TOGETHER, WE ARE THE SOLUTION.

A message from Jeff Mortensen
President & CEO

The anxiety surrounding the Coronavirus is understandable. Just as many of us are weighing our personal choices to protect ourselves and our families, our neighbors in need have no choice if they are hungry, need financial resources, or need safe shelter. A pandemic is punishing to everyone, but the people who rely on our social safety net can be harmed the most severely. This is why, now more than ever, we need to bolster support for local nonprofits.

During a pandemic, we are told to create distance from one another for our safety. It is necessary advice to slow the spread of the contagion and flatten the growth curve of the pandemic. Let’s do our best to balance this advice with our care for the most vulnerable in our communities. Together we are strong, and we will see this through.

SAFETY MEASURES AT OUR SITES

The health and safety of people is more than a priority for us, it is our mission: 360 Communities delivers safety and stability that improves lives. We have already acted to ensure that our clients, our volunteers, and our staff are as safe as possible. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have instituted measures that:

  • Eliminate and/or limit social contact

  • Maintain “clean areas” where volunteers and staff are working

Food Shelves & Resource Centers

Beginning Monday, March 16th, all five 360 Communities food shelves will shift from shopping models, where customers shop for their food, to pre-pack models. The food shelf and resource center doors in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Lakeville, and Rosemount will be closed to the public. Food orders and donation drop-offs will be arranged ahead of time by calling. Food shelf customers can drive up to receive their food orders. With the temporary closing of Farmington Schools, the Farmington Food Shelf will temporarily close as well.

Lewis House Shelters

Our domestic and sexual violence shelters will continue to operate and limit non-essential social exposure.

Event Cancellation

The 35th Annual Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Luncheon has been cancelled. For questions, please contact Laurie Bolin or Jackie Paul.

The Miesville FiftySix gravel bike ride on April 26th has been postponed to the fall. Everyone who was registered remains registered for the new date. If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Paul.

GET HELP

For those who need assistance, phone numbers for our sites are listed below.

For food shelf support, you will need to contact our food shelves ahead to schedule a pick up of an order.  Our volunteers will pack your food order and bring it outside to a designated location.

  • Shepherd of the Valley Food Shelf  – Apple Valley
    Call (651) 322-5113
    Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:30-6:00 pm
  • Burnsville Family Resource Center & Food Shelf
    Call (952) 985-5300
    Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am-4:30 pm, or Friday from 9-11:45 am
  • Farmington Food Shelf
    Hours: Mondays and Thursdays Noon-4 pm
    Call (952) 985-5300
  • Messiah Community Food Shelf – Lakeville
    Call (952) 985-5300
    Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 12-6:00 pm
  • Rosemount Family Resource Center & Food Shelf
    Call (651) 322-5113
    Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm

For those outside of our service area, below is a resource that will provide you with information on how to locate your local food shelf.  

The Minnesota Food Helpline answers questions about eligibility for SNAP and makes referrals to your local food shelf.  If you or someone you know is struggling to put food on the table, call 1-888-711-1151.  The Minnesota Food Helpline is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.  You can also search for your local food shelf online at http://www.hungersolutions.org/find-help/ .

The Family Resource Centers in Burnsville and Rosemount will be closed to in-person visits during this time, but will still be providing services over the phone.

Burnsville Family Resource Center
Call (952) 985-5300
Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Rosemount Family Resource Center
Call (651) 322-5113
Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Both Lewis House domestic and sexual violence shelters will continue to provide regular services.

  • Lewis House, Eagan: Call (651) 452-7288, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Lewis House, Hastings: Call (651) 437-1291, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Sexual Assault Services: Call (651) 405-1500, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

You can be the difference for many neighbors in need. Please, if you are able, support 360 Communities in the following ways:

Donate money. Financial donations are the easiest and safest way to support your neighbors in need. During Minnesota FoodShare’s March Campaign, your contributions to food shelves qualify for a portion of Minnesota FoodShare’s grant dollars. Food shelves also stretch your contributions through access to discount food programs like Second Harvest.

Share your resources.   We have seen runs on household essentials at our local stores. Many families and individuals do not have the means to stock up on these items. They will rely on nonprofits for help. Food and personal care items are needed. There are most needed items lists here.

Volunteer. If you are not in a high-risk category and feel healthy, please consider volunteering at a local nonprofit. Many volunteers at nonprofits fall in high-risk categories and may need to step away from their volunteer roles during this time. We need others to step up and help. Fill out a Volunteer Interest Form here.

Watch for domestic and sexual violence.  We anticipate that the need for these services will increase with the introduction of more stress in the home. Call our 24-hour hotline (651) 452-7288 to reach a Lewis House advocate if you or someone you know needs help. Learn more about what we offer.