Donate Now for the Blessing of a Strong Financial Foundation!

 A Kitchen at Esther's Place  More pics

A Kitchen at Esther's Place More pics

Esther’s Place officially opened its doors to welcome women and children (4-6 families) on May 7, 2018! Please join us in praising God for making it all come together. He is SO good! 

We have been given a gift of matching funds ($35,000) by generous friends of The Dwelling Place to create a strong financial foundation for Esther’s Place.

This match doubles each gift (dollar for dollar) in order to establish a strong financial foundation of $70,000 as we open Esther's Place to new families.

 One of Esther's Place bedrooms, ready for a family in need  More pics

One of Esther's Place bedrooms, ready for a family in need More pics

By May 1, $12,000 had been given in support of Esther's Place. Paired with matching gift funds, this becomes $24,000.

We have been given the month of May (a great month to honor and remember the importance of mothers and children) to raise
the remaining $23,000. With your help, we believe we can reach this goal by May 31.

We welcome your support and are grateful!

For online giving: www.thedwellingplaceshelter.org/donate

Please contact us with questions: info@thedwellingplaceshelter.org or 651-221-0405

Heaven on Earth Indeed!

 Pastor Steve Whicker presenting $150,000 to Executive Director, Linda Wiza. Duplex Project Manager, Steve Chell, was also present. 

Pastor Steve Whicker presenting $150,000 to Executive Director, Linda Wiza. Duplex Project Manager, Steve Chell, was also present. 

Eagle Brook Church blessed The Dwelling Place with $150,000 towards the purchase and renovation of our 4th duplex, from their “Heaven on Earth” campaign!!!

The Dwelling Place is one of the local impact ministry partners of Eagle Brook Church. We partner with the Spring Lake Park campus. 

This picture shows Campus Pastor Steve Whicker presenting the check to Executive Director, Linda Wiza, during the service this past weekend. Steve Chell, our volunteer renovation Project Manager, was also present. 

There are not enough words to say thank you! Please join us in praising God as He blessed us through this generous church.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League In Action

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Gloria and Candi came from Owatonna to deliver basic need supplies for our homes from the Faribault district of the LWML (Lutheran Women Missionary League).

During a visit to Esther's Place, they were able to see the work that has been done and joined us in writing scripture assurances on the floor boards.

Flooring is now installed!

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On April 18th, Deb Vinkemeier (LWML) and our Executive Director, Linda Wiza, met at the office before heading over to see the progress at Esther's Place. 

We are so grateful for the support and encouragement provided by the Lutheran Women Missionary League members!

All Things New: Lydia's Story

 Lydia's baptism at Eagle Brook Church

Lydia's baptism at Eagle Brook Church

"I met my abuser and he moved in to my apartment. For six months this man abused me mentally, physically, spiritually and financially.  I was basically held hostage, he would not let me out of his sight.  Not only did he cut me off from everyone, he held my ID and debit/credit cards, my cell phone and tablet.  

He had no money the entire time we were together so I was forced to withdraw my 401K to live on. 

He forced us to move to Colorado.  After being there three weeks  an opportunity presented itself for me to get away from him.  This was all of God.  I ran from him and called the police and with the help of the police I got away.  My sister helped me find The Dwelling Place, and I moved in on Oct. 30th.

I love walking and started downloading sermons to listen to as I walked. With these, I began really self-reflecting and realizing the part I played in getting to where I was.

As Pastor Andy Stanley says, “You can’t pray your way out a mess that you behaved your way into…you can follow your way out through Jesus though!” 

I always knew that pre-marital sex was wrong, but I didn’t really know that it was WRONG!  Wow, my sin goes back really far and long. But the beautiful thing is that with Jesus dying for my sin, the second I repented and asked for forgiveness it was wiped away. As Pastor Jason Strand says, “My starting line just moved to right now, and it’s about finishing the race well!” Heaven is my ultimate reward!  

 Believe me He has provided me with all that I need.  

I feel like I’m still me - just a better version."  

Lydia was recently baptized at Eagle Brook and is finding ways to become involved through service in the local church.  

New Houses Getting Ready

Thanks to all the volunteers and many donations that are making our new shelters possible! Here's a glimpse of those who've contributed recently. 

 Sue Bro installed this flooring in Esther's Place. Thanks Sue! 

Sue Bro installed this flooring in Esther's Place. Thanks Sue! 

 Richard and Mary cut concrete in House #4. Wow! Thank you! 

Richard and Mary cut concrete in House #4. Wow! Thank you! 

 Magic Painting Co. (pictured with long-time TDP volunteer, Paul Leverentz: center) painted Esther's Place for us. Huge help! www.magicpainting.com. 

Magic Painting Co. (pictured with long-time TDP volunteer, Paul Leverentz: center) painted Esther's Place for us. Huge help! www.magicpainting.com. 

Anti Child Trafficking Class

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We are SO thankful to Jessica Bartholomew of ACT United (Anti Child Trafficking) for coming to The Dwelling Place and training our staff and residents on all things regarding sex trafficking.

The information she passionately presented was absolutely invaluable.

We were educated on how to spot victims, grooming tactics, warning signs/red flags of traffickers, how to get victims help, Minnesota laws pertaining to sex trafficking and so much more.

Thank you, Jessica!

To learn more about ACT United, visit:http://actunited.org/

Northeast Bank Sponsors Upcoming Event

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 Executive Director, Linda Wiza, with Senior Vice President of Northeast Bank, Mike Scholl

Executive Director, Linda Wiza, with Senior Vice President of Northeast Bank, Mike Scholl

Thank you, Northeast Bank, for becoming a sponsor for the upcoming "Impact!" breakfast on April 10th.

Mike Scholl from Northeast Bank stopped by our office to deliver the sponsorship check to Linda Wiza, our Executive Director.

We thank God for business leaders who recognize the need and make addressing domestic abuse a priority!

Impact! Breakfast

Our complimentary breakfast for Twin Cities businesses and civic leaders will be located at the Tournament Players Clubhouse in Blaine.

You can learn more and sign up for the breakfast here.

20 Year Anniversary: Imagine the Impact of God's Love!

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February 2018 marked the 20 Year Anniversary of The Dwelling Place!  

Do those who founded and led this ministry 20 years ago imagine the impact The Dwelling Place would have on the lives of so many women and children who found safety and hope here through Christ's love?  Or imagine the impact of the volunteers who gave of their time and talent, or the impact of generous financial partners who supported the ministry in so many ways, or the impact of The Dwelling Place staff who expressed their hearts through their work as they walked the path with very fragile lives every day?

We know that they desired God would use it for His purposes, but doubt anyone could have imagined (even now) how God would transform and impact so many lives in the span of 20 years!

What we know…

  • Countless women and children have experienced the love of Jesus Christ faithfully shared through multiple staff and volunteers. Many have trusted their lives to Jesus, receiving His redeeming power and hope that heals and restores broken lives.

What we see…

  • Women and children, broken by abuse and loss (in ways most cannot even imagine), discovering a new identity in Christ that, through faith, produces the confidence to move forward (through many barriers) to heal, gain hope, and live free from abuse and fear.

What we believe…

  •  "Our God is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.  To Him be all glory and honor and praise!" Ephesians 3:20, 21
  • God is continually drawing us close to His heart. He guides us step by step on this path to serve women and children well, lay the solid foundation for growth, and depend upon His mighty love, power, and provision every day!

Our trust and hope is in God, believing the past 20 years is just the beginning of what He has in store for those connected with The Dwelling Place!