Fun at Chick-fil-A with our Kids, Volunteers, and Staff

The Dwelling Place celebrated "Cow Appreciation Day" at Chick-fil-A!

On July 11th, the restaurant celebrated all-things-chicken by giving away one free entree to any customer dressed in cow-inspired attire, and visited before 7pm.

Our Executive Director, Linda Wiza, and volunteer, Paul Leverentz, took part in the fun as well as other staff, volunteers, and our kiddos!

Our children were even given little stuffed cows and stickers to decorate themselves with!

More photos

Wonderful News! from Executive Director, Linda Wiza

Executive Director, Linda Wiza

Executive Director, Linda Wiza

God is always leading us in life-giving ways!  I have very exciting news to share with you!  

I am so grateful for how He prepared the way in the past four months for this ministry to move in a new direction for ministry expansion.

This spring we pursued an opportunity to provide more housing in one location that enables a more effective use of staff and resources.

Through the incredible generosity of several key supporters, we were able to purchase another duplex close to our current two duplexes. 

By shifting our focus to one main location we are now able to become stronger and provide for the various needs of the women and children in new ways. 

Renovations will begin on this duplex in late summer, so we can move families in early next year.  

We will need volunteers to make this happen on time and on budget.

Please click here to volunteer. Thank you!

Paths of Life Annual Gala: Registration Now Open!

Please join us for our 19th Annual Gala: Paths of Life

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Location: Earle Brown Center, Brooklyn Center, MN
Emcee: Keith Stevens, Host of the KTIS Family Friendly Afternoon Show
Featured Entertainment: Point of Grace

Point of Grace

Point of Grace

With faith-filled and passionate lyrics, Point of Grace's memorable melodies and soaring harmonies have inspired generations to live boldly and keep God’s love as the foundation of their lives. 

With over 8 million recordings sold, 3 GRAMMY® nominations, multiple Dove awards, and countless accolades, the story of a few gifted college girls with a simple passion to unite and share their musical gifts for the glory of God, continues to evolve and engage thousands of fans, both old and new.

 

To join us, and help our women and children move forward in God's path for them:

  1. Reserve tickets for the Gala beginning July 1st, 2017

  2. Encourage family, friends, a small group, and work associates to attend the Gala with you

  3. Contribute items to the Silent Auction (Detailed Information)

  4. Promote and share The Dwelling Place Gala on Facebook, and other social media

  5. Pray for Gala 2017 to honor God in every way knowing He alone provides "paths of life"

Advanced registration for individual tickets and tables of 10: July 1 - August 31

Hope to see you there!

Thanks to our presenting sponsor:

Nystrom & Associates

Hip Hop Fun for Our Kids

Elissa

Elissa

Thank you so much to Elissa, who provided our children with an 8-week hip hop dance class!

The kids all had a blast and ended the time with a terrific recital!

Elissa works with at-risk youth at a Minneapolis school, as a Connections Mentor.

Her background is in children and family crisis intervention and prevention, and her passion is to provide healthy expressions of art for at-risk and underprivileged kids.

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.