Bike 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! 

Basic Needs from LWML Help Immensely

Just a small snapshot of all the items that were donated

Just a small snapshot of all the items that were donated

Thank you to the SE Suburban Zone of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League for hosting a basic needs drive for The Dwelling Place!

Their event was called "Gifts from the Heart," and it made a huge difference in the lives of our women and children. Having the basics enables our residents to focus on personal growth and their walk with Jesus. Thank you, ladies! 

"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:7

The Path Forward Breakfast

Tara Meyers of Rise & Shine speaking to the attendees

Tara Meyers of Rise & Shine speaking to the attendees

Over 60 business and civic leaders joined us at Faith Christian Reformed Church New Brighton, MN on April 4th for The Path Forward breakfast!

This was our first event of this kind designed to extend our appreciation to business and civic leaders who share our concerns about domestic abuse and homelessness and trauma that it creates in our communities.

We know how essential these leaders are to create pathways for women and children to move forward to a better life. We welcome and appreciate the support, services, resources, and opportunities they provide!

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REALTORS Making a Difference for Our Women and Children

Pete and Karen Collins and some of their team, with basic needs donations for our women and children

Pete and Karen Collins and some of their team, with basic needs donations for our women and children


The Dwelling Place thanks Pete and Karen Collins, Realtors at Roseville Keller Williams, for bringing together over 25 volunteers on April 1 to assist with the preparation of children's craft projects for Easter and Mother's Day, and to conduct a Basic Needs Drive.

Their amazing generosity provided for many daily needs in our homes and is a big blessing for the women and children!