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!

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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

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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

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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!

A Graduate is Blessed with a Car

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We could not be more grateful to Victory Auto Service & Glass for donating a car for a past resident of ours! 

The vehicle is a Toyota Corolla and is in great shape. The family who gave it to Victory is a family that Victory donated a vehicle to years ago. This family wanted to return the favor and bless someone with a car. Talk about a circle of blessing! 

Having a car will help this family get to work, school, the store, church, etc., so much easier. Our graduated resident was so excited about the car and couldn't stop smiling.

We are continually blessed by our partnership with Victory Auto and are so honored that they have a heart to come along side our women and our ministry.

Faith, Hope and Love: Reflections on 2017 from our Executive Director, Linda Wiza

This is a time of extreme thankfulness as we look back on 2017.

I am thankful for each of our supporters and partners, our dedicated staff and board, and each woman and child we come to know, love, and serve.

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To each one I sincerely echo the words from Paul to the Thessalonian church: “We remember before our God and Father
• your work prompted by faith,
• your labor prompted by love, and
• your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” - 1 Thessalonians 1:3

First of all, we remember and are thankful before our God and Father, the Provider of all abundance and mercy, for His hand on this ministry. Through Him, we see the fruits of faith, love, and hope.

By faith we stepped out to purchase another duplex and the Lord provided not only the funding, but is now providing much of the labor and materials through so many partners and volunteers. It’s amazing to see His body at work (your labor prompted by love) to bring forth safe homes for 14 new women and children who will soon be under our roof and in our care.

By faith we stepped out to create a unique program for women during their first 30 days with us. This program provides a better onboarding experience and allows us to share the knowledge and hope of the gospel and the dynamics of domestic abuse in a more focused manner.

Your labor prompted by love is evident is so many ways! Individuals along with church, business, and civic groups are providing basic needs for shared use in our homes. Volunteers are helping with a variety of needs: from childcare and tutoring for children and life skills classes for women, to lawn care, snow removal, and maintenance for our homes.

The women and children who have endured such trauma and hardship are now finding another type of life with endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. They are able to heal through His strength and power and to dream again about a future free from abuse. We saw many families move on to homes of their own and a new path for their lives in 2017, and believe this is God’s intent for more families in 2018.

We now pray that as you share this work with us your faith will continue to grow!

We pray you know how the love you have shown to others is producing fruit.

We pray your enduring kindness to this ministry now, and into the future, will inspire hope in our Lord Jesus Christ and the full life He has for all!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him!

Linda Wiza
Executive Director