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!

Share the Love for Our Women and Children

 Executive Director, Linda Wiza, with Holly Seaquist Young. Thanks for sharing your story with our women, Holly! 

Executive Director, Linda Wiza, with Holly Seaquist Young. Thanks for sharing your story with our women, Holly! 

Thank you so much to Eagle Brook Church - Spring Lake Park for throwing an event called “Share the Love” for our women and kids!

Everyone had a wonderful time eating brunch, meeting new people, and hearing a powerful testimony of what God can do in the life of someone who has experienced abuse.

Thanks again EBC Spring Lake Park!

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Mosaics Dance Company - Please Join Us!

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Saturday, February 24

Please join us for the Mosaics Dance Company performance "Farther Along" at North Heights Lutheran Church at 3 p.m.  

This event is open to the public, no tickets required.  

This is a fundraiser and Basic Needs Drive for The Dwelling Place. 

Please help us get the word out: (Download Poster)

Please join us!

News from Linda

 Executive Director, Linda Wiza

Executive Director, Linda Wiza

Growth is a funny thing. We desire it. We talk about it. We even pray and plan for it.  

Then, when we see growth happening we are often surprised!

As we see over and over, it always goes better when we trust God, and it is faith-building to see His wonderful provisions so lovingly given!

Over the past months we shared discoveries and indicators of healing in the women and children we serve. Truly, it is somewhat difficult to describe because we don't always see what God is doing in the course of daily routines, bible studies and prayer time, conversations shared and, perhaps especially, in the spaces that come in the evenings as peace and safety profoundly allow for uninterrupted sleep and the replenishment of body, mind, and spirit. Growth comes as God works in hearts.

On the facilities side of growth, God is successfully moving us toward completion of our newest home, Esther's Place. The Lord has revealed one wonderful surprise after another as He has brought dedicated volunteers and generous contributions of building materials. This structure will soon be a safe place to call home for women and children who desperately need a place to live in peace and gain all that is needed to live lives that are free from abuse.  

What we have not shared is how growth in the homes has impacted the space we use for daily business. 

Since August our business offices have occupied two bedrooms in the house being renovated. We have known that office space was taking up space where women and children could be living. For several months we considered different options for office space away from the homes. We prayed, watched and waited.

Well, our God goes before us in surprising ways! Late in December He led us to the perfect place to relocate our business offices. In addition, it provides better space to train, equip, and engage volunteers. It also allows for a place for people to drop off donations of tangible items without compromising the location confidentiality of our homes. 

We are thrilled!  

God is growing The Dwelling Place ministry to fulfill its mission in beautiful ways and we praise Him for His loving care and goodness!

I trust you will also see God's wonderful surprises as He lovingly produces growth in your life!

Linda Wiza
Executive Director

Your Gifts of Love Always Make a Difference!


This month you can express your love and caring support with a Gift of the Heart!

Through your kindness, God provides everything needed for life and godliness.

Sandy's Place and Ruth's Place are currently at capacity. Since 2015, these homes have been places of safety and care for women and children.

Your Gift of the Heart shares Christ's love through safety, support, and empowering care for each woman and child dwelling here.

Soon we will add a new home: Esther's Place! (Scheduled to open in March 2018)

Esther's Place is being prepared through the work of volunteers and the generosity of many providing their time, building supplies, labor, and talent to renovate this home for ministry.

It is nearly time to equip the kitchens, bathrooms, laundry room, living areas, and bedrooms to be ready for women and children.

Your Gift of the Heart for the completion of Esther's Place is needed, appreciated and welcomed this month to add the "finishing touches" to this home!

God's faithfulness provides everything needed in just the right time! We appreciate your loving support and faithful prayers.

We continuously thank God for providing His love and care through people like you!

You can donate online here: http://bit.ly/2nyr24a

Or mail your Gift of the Heart to:
The Dwelling Place
940 - 44th Ave. NE, Unit #21307
Columbia Heights, MN 55421

Thank you!

Questions: info@thedwellingplaceshelter.org

Volunteers Needed to Paint and Decorate


Beginning in February, we need more volunteers - individual and groups - to paint and decorate our new house.

Please let us know if you are interested by email: info@thedwellingplaceshelter.org.

If you have furniture in good condition (especially 3-5 drawer dressers and lamps) to donate, contact us at info@thedwellingplaceshelter.org

"Esther's Place" will be a safe place for women and children escaping abuse and beginning a new life!

Please join us in thanking God for His abundant care and protection as He provides EVERYTHING we need (just as He promised)!


Thoughts from Linda

 Executive Director, Linda Wiza

Executive Director, Linda Wiza

"Honestly, I didn't know the word of God could change me like it has during my time here."  - a woman currently residing at The Dwelling Place

This statement was shared at staff meeting this week by a Case Manager. A message like this encourages our hearts and I hope it will encourage yours as well.  It bears witness to the love and power of God that works through His Word. It creates a sense of awe and wonder.  

How does He do it?  

Sometimes we wonder if anything is happening at all, if the little things, the daily tasks, really matter in the big picture, THEN God provides a glimpse, an assurance, that it DOES MATTER and He is "working all things together" just as Romans 8:28 promises.  

It is the Word of God and Love of Christ that transforms lives.  

Yes, it all matters as God takes our daily work and blesses it with His transforming power. It is this transforming power that we see at work enabling women who were once hopeless to take steps to obtain their GED, or apply for college, or obtain their drivers license, or take their child to therapy, or have the courage to face their abuser in a child custody hearing, or seek the credentials to work again in their field.  Each step taken is a step closer to a life of freedom in Christ and freedom from abuse.

Your prayers for our women and children, and those who walk this road of healing with them everyday matter to us!  

Your love expressed by the sharing of  time,  talents, and  financial treasure matter as God uses each gift to transform us all!

Soon, we will welcome more women and children into The Dwelling Place at "Esther's Place," our newest home.  As God provides everything needed to prepare this new home, we are confident that His heart's intent is to rescue and save more women and children who need help and a safe place to call home.  

I am so very grateful for everything God is doing, for each of you, and I am blessed beyond measure to be here to witness it.

Linda Wiza
Executive Director

Gift of Jewelry from Elevated Health Center


Elevated Health Center hosted an event on December 1 where people came together to make hundreds of pieces of stunning jewelry.

They were so gracious to include our women as recipients of some of their beautiful creations.

Each woman was gifted with a bracelet, keychain, bookmark and necklace.

Thank you Elevated Health Center for your sweet blessing to our women!