Linda Wiza

Our 20th Anniversary Gala Was a Night of Celebration and Impact!

Thank you for making an impact at our 20th Anniversary Celebration Gala!

Silent Auction Kicked the Night Off.  More Gala Photos

Silent Auction Kicked the Night Off. More Gala Photos

2018 Gala Highlights:

  • Over 700 guests at the lovely Earle Brown Heritage Center Carriage Hall Gala Photos

  • The Walk of Impact: Photos Here

  • An amazing Silent Auction yielding over $38,000 toward our Gala goal of raising $350,000.

  • Inspiring Program led by Joe Meyers, Emcee with messages from Roy Anderson (Board Chair) and ministry updates from Linda Wiza (Executive Director).

  • Life stories from women at The Dwelling Place sharing the impact of abuse and the gifts of time, healing and hope they have gained through their stay at The Dwelling Place.

  • The Starfish Story -- Making a difference for one person at a time!

  • Volunteer of the Year Award going to Renovation Project Manager, Steve Chell. Photo

  • Generous support received through Gala contributions, helping us move significantly toward our financial goal of $350,000.

  • Worship and praise through the music and leadership of Emily Alexander and Eagle Brook Music.

  • Overall - a wonderful evening dedicated to the glory of God!

Our $350,000 gala goal is the amount of funds needed to operate and staff our four homes and serve our increasing number of families (in 2019 we’ll grow to a capacity of 52 women and children).

This goal provides the necessary funds for completing this year and entering 2019 able to serve in life-giving ways to help families move forward, free from abuse.

As of October 11, we have raised $272,000! Our current balance needed is $78,000.

We welcome your support offered as a one time gift, a recurring gift, a pledge, or legacy gift. We are so grateful for your generous help!

Your "Post Gala" gift can be used to meet this goal with the designation of "2018 Gala."

You can Donate Here

A final report will be provided to those on our mailing list later in November!

Thank you to all who attended our Gala, and to all of you for your prayers, and your support!

With joy,

Monica Groves
Gala Coordinator

Anoka County Proclaims October 2018 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Anoka County!

PICTURED: Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah, Commissioner Jim Kordiak, Commissioner Matt Look, The Dwelling Place Executive Director Linda Wiza, Commissioner Robin West, Commissioner Julie Braastad, Commissioner Scott Schulte. Not pictured is Commissioner Mike Gamache.

PICTURED: Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah, Commissioner Jim Kordiak, Commissioner Matt Look, The Dwelling Place Executive Director Linda Wiza, Commissioner Robin West, Commissioner Julie Braastad, Commissioner Scott Schulte. Not pictured is Commissioner Mike Gamache.


WHEREAS, the community problem of domestic violence has become a critical public health and welfare concern in Anoka County; and,

WHEREAS, domestic violence is a crime, the commission of which will not be tolerated in Anoka County and perpetrators of said crime are subject to prosecution and conviction in accordance with the law; and,

WHEREAS, thousands of women, men, and children have and will continue to access assistance from Alexandra House, Inc., and The Dwelling Place, domestic violence service providers; and,

WHEREAS, domestic violence will be eliminated through community partnerships of concerned individuals and organizations working together to prevent abuse while at the same time effecting social and legal change; and,

WHEREAS, October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month; and,

WHEREAS, during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Anoka County organizations will inform area residents about domestic violence, its prevalence, consequences, and what we, as a concerned community, can do to eliminate its existence:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Anoka County Board of Commissioners proclaims October 2018 to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Anoka County!

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.

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!


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!

Northeast Bank Sponsors Upcoming Event

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Executive Director, Linda Wiza, with Senior Vice President of Northeast Bank, Mike Scholl

Executive Director, Linda Wiza, with Senior Vice President of Northeast Bank, Mike Scholl

Thank you, Northeast Bank, for becoming a sponsor for the upcoming "Impact!" breakfast on April 10th.

Mike Scholl from Northeast Bank stopped by our office to deliver the sponsorship check to Linda Wiza, our Executive Director.

We thank God for business leaders who recognize the need and make addressing domestic abuse a priority!

Impact! Breakfast

Our complimentary breakfast for Twin Cities businesses and civic leaders will be located at the Tournament Players Clubhouse in Blaine.

You can learn more and sign up for the breakfast here.

Share the Love for Our Women and Children

Executive Director, Linda Wiza, with Holly Seaquist Young. Thanks for sharing your story with our women, Holly! 

Executive Director, Linda Wiza, with Holly Seaquist Young. Thanks for sharing your story with our women, Holly! 

Thank you so much to Eagle Brook Church - Spring Lake Park for throwing an event called “Share the Love” for our women and kids!

Everyone had a wonderful time eating brunch, meeting new people, and hearing a powerful testimony of what God can do in the life of someone who has experienced abuse.

Thanks again EBC Spring Lake Park!

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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

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

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