The mission of The Dwelling Place is to protect families and heal lives affected by domestic abuse by providing safe housing, Christ-centered programs, training in life skills and community education.


M I S S I O N

The mission of The Dwelling Place is to protect families and heal lives affected by domestic abuse by providing safe housing, Christ-centered programs, training in life skills and community education.

H I S T O R Y

The Dwelling Place was established in 1998 to provide for both the physical and the spiritual needs of a woman and her children after fleeing a violent partner. Diane Stores (pictured), the founder of The Dwelling Place, had at one point in her life been a battered woman. After reaching safety and self-sufficiency, she wanted to create an organization that would provide what she was not able to find in her time of need: a safe place for women and children that would offer Christian spiritual guidance and programs. She believed that in order to help victims of domestic abuse heal from their emotional wounds, there needed to be a holistic Christ-centered approach; this belief is at the core of The Dwelling Place’s mission. 

With support from her church, North Heights, Diane opened The Dwelling Place on the east side of St. Paul. The Dwelling Place’s shelter and office space remained in this location until the ministry received the use of two St Paul homes, providing housing for 7 women and their 10 children. In 2001, The Dwelling Place moved its operations to the St Paul location. In 2013 The Dwelling Place purchased and started renovations on two duplexes in the north metro. Upon completion in spring of 2014, the north metro homes, in conjunction with the St Paul homes, expanded capacity to 16 women and 28 children. In 2014, operations were moved from St Paul, to the north metro location.


S T A F F

Linda Wiza, Executive Director

After six months as Interim Executive Director, Linda became Executive Director November 1, 2015. Prior to that she held the position of Sr. Vice President/Director of Training, Customer Quality, and Communication for U.S.Bank - 24-Hour Banking and Financial Sales. She held this position or similar leadership level positions for 17 years. Linda has over 30 years experience in banking and in leading teams.Linda served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of The Dwelling Place for over 6 years. She has served as the chair of the Development/Public Relations Committee and a member of the Human Resources Committee.

In addition, Linda volunteers in numerous roles at Eagle Brook Church including her current position as a member of the Board of Directors for the past 4 years. She holds a B.S in Business Administration from Illinois State University and an M.B.A. from Marquette University. She has also earned a Certificate in Human Performance Improvement from the American Society of Training and Development. She has also completed a 60 hour course on Non-Profit Board Management sponsored through the Hennepin County Bar Association.

Linda has been married to Steve Wiza, the love of her life for 12 years. Linda’s passion is to see individuals transformed by the saving power of Jesus Christ and in particular to see women find and thrive in their identify in Christ. Her leadership skills are best summarized by “maximizing potential in people and organizations.” She is looking forward to seeing how God will use her at The Dwelling Place to further His mission.

 


B O A R D

 

Roy Anderson
Board Chair
Vice President of Finance at Medtronic
Serving second three-year term ending 2015

Kathleen Odegaard
Secretary
Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.
Serving first three-year term ending 2015

Tim Hubers
Treasurer
Controller, Retired
Serving first three-year term ending 2017

Blake Huffman
Member
Vice President of Strategy at
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Ramsey County Commissioner
Founder of Suburban Area Housing Initiative (SAHI)
Serving first three-year term ending 2016

Chris Chell, BSW, MBA
Member
Disaster Preparedness Coordinator
Hennepin County Medical Center
Serving first three-year term ending 2017