Kristen Nelson

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)

What Is It that You Give? by Director of Programs, Kristen Nelson

Director of Programs, Kristen Nelson

When we receive your gifts at The Dwelling Place, the women and children in our ministry are given God’s love.

They open these “gifts” brought from you and through you and their lives are blessed.

When you give household goods, each one is given proof that God is caring for their basic needs. 

When you give donations of money that allow our staff to be here and surround these families with care, Biblical guidance, and unconditional love, they are assured that God has not abandoned them.

When you show up, when you raise money, when you clear the snow and mow the lawn, our women and children come to believe that God does care for them in all the ways that they need.

You give the gift of security and hope when you give to The Dwelling Place.

When a mother who is coming out of trauma realizes that we have people here to help and resources for her and her family, she gets to feel safe again.

For some of our women and children your gifts allow them to feel safe for the first time.

You are a channel of God’s love and hope.

And in His abundance, God promised to fill you as you send this love to others in this season.

Dear Friend in Christ, thank you for passing on the gift of God’s love!

Thank you for allowing God’s children, the women and children at The Dwelling Place, to know of your God, our God, Who never leaves us, always loves us, and makes a way of miracles to restore us all.

May the blessing of giving warm your heart in this season of Christ’s coming as we seek this One, the Gift of God, Who came to bless us all with peace.

Program Committee

A program committee meeting pausing to pose for you. Bless you for your love and labor that lifts our women and children, ladies!

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L to R: Chris Chell, Board Member and Committee Chair; Jean Ebensperger, Case Manager; Julia Dembeck, Graduate Program Manager; Julie Sexson, Children's Program Manager; Monica Groves, Mission Advancement Director.

Not pictured: Kristen Nelson, Director of Programs; Becky Zvonar, Case Manager; Bev Holm, Volunteer; a current resident.