Berean Baptists MOPS Supporting Our Women

Many thanks to the Berean Baptist MOPS group for their support of The Dwelling Place!

Pictured is Emily Harper, MOPS Leader, Monica Groves, and Holly Overcashier (supporter and friend of The Dwelling Place and MOPS member at Berean).

Monica Groves, our Mission Advancement Director, joined them Tuesday, October 30th, to share information and answer questions as their morning speaker.

If you have a group who wants to learn about The Dwelling Place, please contact Monica at monica.groves@thedwellingplaceshelter.org

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Our 20th Anniversary Gala Was a Night of Celebration and Impact!

Thank you for making an impact at our 20th Anniversary Celebration Gala!

 Silent Auction Kicked the Night Off.  More Gala Photos

Silent Auction Kicked the Night Off. More Gala Photos

2018 Gala Highlights:

  • Over 700 guests at the lovely Earle Brown Heritage Center Carriage Hall Gala Photos

  • The Walk of Impact: Photos Here

  • An amazing Silent Auction yielding over $38,000 toward our Gala goal of raising $350,000.

  • Inspiring Program led by Joe Meyers, Emcee with messages from Roy Anderson (Board Chair) and ministry updates from Linda Wiza (Executive Director).

  • Life stories from women at The Dwelling Place sharing the impact of abuse and the gifts of time, healing and hope they have gained through their stay at The Dwelling Place.

  • The Starfish Story -- Making a difference for one person at a time!

  • Volunteer of the Year Award going to Renovation Project Manager, Steve Chell. Photo

  • Generous support received through Gala contributions, helping us move significantly toward our financial goal of $350,000.

  • Worship and praise through the music and leadership of Emily Alexander and Eagle Brook Music.

  • Overall - a wonderful evening dedicated to the glory of God!

Our $350,000 gala goal is the amount of funds needed to operate and staff our four homes and serve our increasing number of families (in 2019 we’ll grow to a capacity of 52 women and children).

This goal provides the necessary funds for completing this year and entering 2019 able to serve in life-giving ways to help families move forward, free from abuse.

As of October 11, we have raised $272,000! Our current balance needed is $78,000.

We welcome your support offered as a one time gift, a recurring gift, a pledge, or legacy gift. We are so grateful for your generous help!

Your "Post Gala" gift can be used to meet this goal with the designation of "2018 Gala."

You can Donate Here

A final report will be provided to those on our mailing list later in November!

Thank you to all who attended our Gala, and to all of you for your prayers, and your support!

With joy,

Monica Groves
Gala Coordinator

Anoka County Proclaims October 2018 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Anoka County!

 PICTURED: Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah, Commissioner Jim Kordiak, Commissioner Matt Look, The Dwelling Place Executive Director Linda Wiza, Commissioner Robin West, Commissioner Julie Braastad, Commissioner Scott Schulte. Not pictured is Commissioner Mike Gamache.

PICTURED: Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah, Commissioner Jim Kordiak, Commissioner Matt Look, The Dwelling Place Executive Director Linda Wiza, Commissioner Robin West, Commissioner Julie Braastad, Commissioner Scott Schulte. Not pictured is Commissioner Mike Gamache.

A RESOLUTION PROCLAIMING OCTOBER 2018 AS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH!

WHEREAS, the community problem of domestic violence has become a critical public health and welfare concern in Anoka County; and,


WHEREAS, domestic violence is a crime, the commission of which will not be tolerated in Anoka County and perpetrators of said crime are subject to prosecution and conviction in accordance with the law; and,


WHEREAS, thousands of women, men, and children have and will continue to access assistance from Alexandra House, Inc., and The Dwelling Place, domestic violence service providers; and,


WHEREAS, domestic violence will be eliminated through community partnerships of concerned individuals and organizations working together to prevent abuse while at the same time effecting social and legal change; and,


WHEREAS, October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month; and,


WHEREAS, during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Anoka County organizations will inform area residents about domestic violence, its prevalence, consequences, and what we, as a concerned community, can do to eliminate its existence:


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Anoka County Board of Commissioners proclaims October 2018 to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Anoka County!

LWML Women Bless Those We Serve!

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Many thanks to Chyeral, Jan, and Gloria (pictured), and 70+ Lutheran Women Missionary League (LWML) women from the Owatonna Conference of the LWML (Lutheran Women Missionary League) for your support of The Dwelling Place!

On September 15th, Monica Groves, our mission advancement director, visited their Conference Rally in Albert Lea and shared about The Dwelling Place.

At the rally, this wonderful group of women donated much-needed items.

Their generosity encourages us and blesses the women and children we serve! Thank you ladies!

The Shoe Bus Came for a Visit...

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Thanks to John Schuler and the Good in the 'Hood Shoe Bus for visiting us so that our women could pick out shoes for themselves and their children!

Schuler Shoes, owned by John Schuler (pictured center), not only donated many of the shoes on the bus, John even helped fit our residents for shoes!

Thank you also to the donor who paid for the bus to come. The bus fee helps the Good in the ‘Hood program, Shoe Away Hunger.

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South Shore Trinity Lutheran Church Visit

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ON Sunday, August 19th, Monica Groves, our Mission Advancement Director, shared the mission and impact of The Dwelling Place at South Shore Trinity Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake.

The Dwelling Place was invited to participate in their 75th Anniversary year celebration as one of the organizations supported through the church.

South Shore Trinity supports the mission ministry of The Dwelling Place through it's Trinity Guild.

We are so grateful for the support and encouragement provided by the local church, and we celebrate God's faithfulness to and through this congregation for 75 years! May God be honored and praised in every way as He continues to lead and guide!