One of Our Mothers Shares...

"Before I came to The Dwelling Place, my life was lost, without hope of the future. It was really hard to hope for the future, as a single mother of two, after escaping my abusive relationship.

 We love seeing the joy God brings to those we serve! (this is not a pic of the author and her boys, to protect their identity).

We love seeing the joy God brings to those we serve! (this is not a pic of the author and her boys, to protect their identity).

Finding/being accepted into this program was an answer to my prayer! The six months I spent here has been the best precious moments of my life.

When people hear that you live in a shelter, whether it's short or long term, all they understand is that you are homeless and miserable - which is not the case for The Dwelling Place.

Ever since my first day I got here, not even once, have I ever felt like I was homeless - but instead I felt I was a child of God who is highly loved, cared for, a sister in Christ for my roommates and staff, and a good mother to my two sweet boys.

God showed me His love through this temporary home. He gave me comfort and offered me a time to heal and learn about His words. Now I live for Christ and for the purpose of the life He chose for me.

Now I strongly know how much God loves me and my boys and nothing will ever take me away from Him.

I want to encourage anyone who is going through trials to keep strong and trust God because He is alive and He is way bigger than any trials and whatever you are dealing with.

There is nothing He can't fix, all you have to do is trust in Him and let Him be the Conductor of your life.

Thank you so much, The Dwelling Place, for being a light through my darkest moments and for giving my life a brand new direction through Christ our Lord!"

- Name withheld to protect this mother and her boys

Christmas Came Early at Lydia's Place

Christmas came early at Lydia's Place, our fourth shelter, thanks to Parsons Electric and Collins Electric

On November 16th, about 10 electricians donated time and resources to wire our fourth home for women and children fleeing abuse. 

What a HUGE gift from some very big hearts. Thanks gentlemen! 

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Other work that week included framing, stairwell removed and a new stairwell installed, door installed, more plumbing  and a tub installed (thanks Mark Deiman!), siding and soffit work. The usual crew kept doing the next thing. Thanks to Jerry Broeker, Tom Swanner, and the Novak brothers.

A new addition to our regular crew is Paul Post (pictured). Welcome Paul! 

Whew! Busy, busy week! Amazing how much work got done considering Project Manager, Steve Chell, kept gazing out the window with visions of sugar plums in his head...;-)

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Shout out to JR and Anne Reineck for feeding the electricians! You peeps make all the difference at The Dwelling Place - Thank You! 

We’re praying that in early 2019 all will be in place to make home for waiting women and children.

If you want to work, donate food, or materials, please do! Just contact Monica at monica.groves@thedwellingplaceshelter.org

We're celebrating God's faithfulness this Thanksgiving through you!

Our women thank you for your prayers, support and practical help.

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!