Basic Needs Donated by 8th Graders

 Monica Groves with Linda Blesener

Monica Groves with Linda Blesener

Many thanks to Linda Blesener and her Bible Class at Maranatha Christian Academy for hosting Mission Advancement Director, Monica Groves, at their class earlier this spring.

Recently, Linda came to our office with a load of donations. These basic needs supplies were collected by 28 young men in the 8th grade and their families to help the families at The Dwelling Place. Linda also brought a packet of thank you notes written by them!

What a wonderful group of young men!

Would you like The Dwelling Place to visit your school, church, or group to provide information and answer questions about domestic abuse and how we're able to make a difference?

Please contact us!

Esther's Place Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

Recently, Executive Director, Linda Wiza, expressed our appreciation to Esther's Place volunteers at our Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. Their time, talent, and provisions are offering safety and healing to many women and their children! Glory to God for each one of you amazing volunteers! 

Linda told many stories of God's care and provision throughout the renovation. Our God makes all things possible, and shows up in ways we cannot deny. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for orchestrating every detail, for the sake of our women and children!

Many thanks to Calvin Christian High School for partnering with us for this event.

Berean Baptist Bearing Gifts for Esther's Place

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Thank you to Roxanne Martin and her Bible study group from Berean Baptist in Burnsville.

These wonderful women donated house-warming gifts for Esther's Place through our So Kind Registry! 

Thank you, ladies, for caring so much about our women and children, and for welcoming Monica Groves, Mission Advancement Director, into your group for a wonderful evening!

We are blessed by your kindness!

Donate Now for the Blessing of a Strong Financial Foundation!

 A Kitchen at Esther's Place  More pics

A Kitchen at Esther's Place More pics

Esther’s Place officially opened its doors to welcome women and children (4-6 families) on May 7, 2018! Please join us in praising God for making it all come together. He is SO good! 

We have been given a gift of matching funds ($35,000) by generous friends of The Dwelling Place to create a strong financial foundation for Esther’s Place.

This match doubles each gift (dollar for dollar) in order to establish a strong financial foundation of $70,000 as we open Esther's Place to new families.

 One of Esther's Place bedrooms, ready for a family in need  More pics

One of Esther's Place bedrooms, ready for a family in need More pics

By May 1, $12,000 had been given in support of Esther's Place. Paired with matching gift funds, this becomes $24,000.

We have been given the month of May (a great month to honor and remember the importance of mothers and children) to raise
the remaining $23,000. With your help, we believe we can reach this goal by May 31.

We welcome your support and are grateful!

For online giving: www.thedwellingplaceshelter.org/donate

Please contact us with questions: info@thedwellingplaceshelter.org or 651-221-0405

Heaven on Earth Indeed!

 Pastor Steve Whicker presenting $150,000 to Executive Director, Linda Wiza. Duplex Project Manager, Steve Chell, was also present. 

Pastor Steve Whicker presenting $150,000 to Executive Director, Linda Wiza. Duplex Project Manager, Steve Chell, was also present. 

Eagle Brook Church blessed The Dwelling Place with $150,000 towards the purchase and renovation of our 4th duplex, from their “Heaven on Earth” campaign!!!

The Dwelling Place is one of the local impact ministry partners of Eagle Brook Church. We partner with the Spring Lake Park campus. 

This picture shows Campus Pastor Steve Whicker presenting the check to Executive Director, Linda Wiza, during the service this past weekend. Steve Chell, our volunteer renovation Project Manager, was also present. 

There are not enough words to say thank you! Please join us in praising God as He blessed us through this generous church.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League In Action

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Gloria and Candi came from Owatonna to deliver basic need supplies for our homes from the Faribault district of the LWML (Lutheran Women Missionary League).

During a visit to Esther's Place, they were able to see the work that has been done and joined us in writing scripture assurances on the floor boards.

Flooring is now installed!

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On April 18th, Deb Vinkemeier (LWML) and our Executive Director, Linda Wiza, met at the office before heading over to see the progress at Esther's Place. 

We are so grateful for the support and encouragement provided by the Lutheran Women Missionary League members!

All Things New: Lydia's Story

 Lydia's baptism at Eagle Brook Church

Lydia's baptism at Eagle Brook Church

"I met my abuser and he moved in to my apartment. For six months this man abused me mentally, physically, spiritually and financially.  I was basically held hostage, he would not let me out of his sight.  Not only did he cut me off from everyone, he held my ID and debit/credit cards, my cell phone and tablet.  

He had no money the entire time we were together so I was forced to withdraw my 401K to live on. 

He forced us to move to Colorado.  After being there three weeks  an opportunity presented itself for me to get away from him.  This was all of God.  I ran from him and called the police and with the help of the police I got away.  My sister helped me find The Dwelling Place, and I moved in on Oct. 30th.

I love walking and started downloading sermons to listen to as I walked. With these, I began really self-reflecting and realizing the part I played in getting to where I was.

As Pastor Andy Stanley says, “You can’t pray your way out a mess that you behaved your way into…you can follow your way out through Jesus though!” 

I always knew that pre-marital sex was wrong, but I didn’t really know that it was WRONG!  Wow, my sin goes back really far and long. But the beautiful thing is that with Jesus dying for my sin, the second I repented and asked for forgiveness it was wiped away. As Pastor Jason Strand says, “My starting line just moved to right now, and it’s about finishing the race well!” Heaven is my ultimate reward!  

 Believe me He has provided me with all that I need.  

I feel like I’m still me - just a better version."  

Lydia was recently baptized at Eagle Brook and is finding ways to become involved through service in the local church.  

New Houses Getting Ready

Thanks to all the volunteers and many donations that are making our new shelters possible! Here's a glimpse of those who've contributed recently. 

 Sue Bro installed this flooring in Esther's Place. Thanks Sue! 

Sue Bro installed this flooring in Esther's Place. Thanks Sue! 

 Richard and Mary cut concrete in House #4. Wow! Thank you! 

Richard and Mary cut concrete in House #4. Wow! Thank you! 

 Magic Painting Co. (pictured with long-time TDP volunteer, Paul Leverentz: center) painted Esther's Place for us. Huge help! www.magicpainting.com. 

Magic Painting Co. (pictured with long-time TDP volunteer, Paul Leverentz: center) painted Esther's Place for us. Huge help! www.magicpainting.com.