Saying Goodbye to Julia

The Dwelling Place staff members. Julia is top row, third from the left.

The Dwelling Place staff members. Julia is top row, third from the left.

Recently our staff had a going away party for our dear friend Julia Dembeck, who has been an employee of The Dwelling Place for close to 7 years! 

She is following the Lord's calling and moving on to spend more time with her family (with one on the way!), and with ministry opportunities within her church, etc. 

Words can't express how grateful we are to the Lord for the love, grace, and service Julia has given to The Dwelling Place and the precious time she has spent pouring into our women and children. She will be missed by us all!

Julia is pictured top row, 3rd from the left.

Joyful Noise!

We had such an amazing and blessed time at Joyful Noise June 10th!

This event offered an important opportunity for us to partner with 98.5 KTIS and share the message of Christ's love, hope and healing with those who have been harmed and left homeless because of domestic abuse.

We provided information about the ministry, and aimed to encourage everyone who stopped by our booth, through staff and volunteers serving as ambassadors for The Dwelling Place.

Here's a picture of long-time volunteers and supporters of The Dwelling Place, Ben and Emily Brown, and their girls, at our booth! 

Thanks to all of you who stopped by to say "Hello!"

Four churches throw a baby shower for our women

"Diaper" cake. More photos One mom wrote, "I would like to take a moment to thank all the staff and organizing committee, and all who participated in our baby shower. May our good Lord richly bless you all. Again, thanks!"

"Diaper" cake. More photos

One mom wrote, "I would like to take a moment to thank all the staff and organizing committee, and all who participated in our baby shower. May our good Lord richly bless you all. Again, thanks!"

When a woman and her children are left homeless and need to seek safety away from those who would normally be their support network, it usually means they have no one nearby to contact for support or help, or even to affirm them in their
choice to keep a baby, or successfully raise a child.

This is where the Body of Christ, the local church, makes such a difference!

Thank you to the women of Five Oaks ChurchRedeemer Covenant ChurchRockpoint Church and Faith Christian Reformed Church for coming together on May 24th, and throwing a beautiful baby shower for four of our residents!!

Our moms are so grateful for the loving support shown them through the smiles and hugs of the givers, and through their gifts, food, cake, and stunning decorations.

We had an amazing and sweet time celebrating our moms and their babies: the ones born recently and those that are on their way!

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward."-Psalm 127:3

Bikes Bring Joy!

Thank you SO much to Bikes4Kids in Ham Lake for donating bikes and bike helmets for our women and children!

They will have so much fun this summer riding bikes. In fact, two of our little boys were so excited that they jumped on their bikes the second they were given them! You have brought great joy to our families!

The Robert and Wilma Burbach Bike Foundation (a non-profit 501c3 organization) collects and refurbishes used, serviceable bicycles to redistribute to kids and people in need.

Each bike is given away free of charge with safety and maintenance instructions and a helmet.

The Foundation purchases parts, services the bicycles and funds the expenses through fund raising and sponsors.

Every Story Begins Somewhere, by Kristen Nelson, Director of Programs

Director of Programs, Kristen Nelson

Director of Programs, Kristen Nelson

"Every story begins somewhere." This is what we learn more and more each day as we journey with our women and children.

As women begin to feel safe, we discover that the history of fear is often longer than any of us had known. The legacy of abuse, studies have found, can live in our muscle tissue and our DNA. It not only passes on through behaviors, but through deep-seated histories.

The women in our healing program begin to unpack this history as they find a safe Dwelling Place. They often discover that they are remembering adverse childhood events that have been buried for years. They often feel old feelings and begin to name old fears that have been living in the recesses of their memory.

The power of God, however, is the ongoing biblical promise that claims healing for all of life’s pain. This is a promise of restoration: that no matter how difficult or frightening our stories may be, we have a God that promises to restore our lives to sanity and hope.

We have the opportunity to see hope ‘alive and well’ as babies arrive, and some babies are literally born into our program.

As infants grow within our community and become toddlers we are both surprised and overjoyed to see that they show no signs of trauma. These little ones that learn to walk in our midst remind us that, no matter how unlikely this movement may seem, God does create us all to stand on our feet and move forward.

Every story begins somewhere. For these little ones, their story begins here, with us. For their mothers, a story of healing is being written.

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10 (ESV)

Volunteers Making a Difference

Carolyn and Beatta

We are SO grateful for Carolyn and Beatta!

These two Godly women faithfully led a weekly Bible study for our women titled "Cleansing Streams," which our women recently finished.

Not only that, but today they visited us and treated our residents to lunch and a special gift!


We praise God for the love that He has shown our residents through these incredible women!

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”-John 13:34-35

Cars for Neighbors Provides Wheels

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Thank you to Cars for Neighbors Inc. for giving one of our residents a truck so that she can more easily get to work and drive herself and her kids to school, appointments and so on!

Today they gave away their 1,005th vehicle!

Cars for Neighbors is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to families seeking economic self-sufficiency. Their aim is to reduce transportation barriers by providing car donations and car repair to neighbors with lower incomes. Their goal is to restore hope one car at a time. And today, they did just that. God is good!

Nystrom & Associates Educates our Staff

Huge thanks to our friends at Nystrom & Associates for the seminar The Dwelling Place staff attended last week, titled "Pathological Love Relationships: Dynamics and Harmful Consequences" put on by Nystrom & Associates, Ltd.

Pictured: Karla Brown (Dwelling Place Case Manager), Kristen Nelson (Dwelling Place Director of Programs), Speaker of the seminar, Sandra Brown and CEO & President of Nystrom's, Brian Nystrom.

Bless a Mom, Bless a Child in May

Through the "Bless A Mom  - Bless A Child" Fundraising Event, you are able to:

  • recognize the important relationship that exists between a mother and her children. 
  • honor your own mother or a woman who has been like a mother to you (and blessed your life through her love.)
  • encourage a mother at The Dwelling Place to continue on the path to healing and hope so that she will bless her children and they will bless her in return.
  • expand the impact and share the joy with your friends and family to generate many blessings for The Dwelling Place. 

We believe the best way to bless a child is to bless their mother.  

Your Gift provides a day, week, month, or year of safety and support for a mom and her children.  Thank you!

One m
other with two children
Day $150
Week $1,000
Month $4,600
Annual $56,000


Hurry, campaign ends May 20!