Steve Chell

Christmas Came Early at Lydia's Place

Christmas came early at Lydia's Place, our fourth shelter, thanks to Parsons Electric and Collins Electric

On November 16th, about 10 electricians donated time and resources to wire our fourth home for women and children fleeing abuse. 

What a HUGE gift from some very big hearts. Thanks gentlemen! 

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Other work that week included framing, stairwell removed and a new stairwell installed, door installed, more plumbing  and a tub installed (thanks Mark Deiman!), siding and soffit work. The usual crew kept doing the next thing. Thanks to Jerry Broeker, Tom Swanner, and the Novak brothers.

A new addition to our regular crew is Paul Post (pictured). Welcome Paul! 

Whew! Busy, busy week! Amazing how much work got done considering Project Manager, Steve Chell, kept gazing out the window with visions of sugar plums in his head...;-)

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Shout out to JR and Anne Reineck for feeding the electricians! You peeps make all the difference at The Dwelling Place - Thank You! 

We’re praying that in early 2019 all will be in place to make home for waiting women and children.

If you want to work, donate food, or materials, please do! Just contact Monica at monica.groves@thedwellingplaceshelter.org

We're celebrating God's faithfulness this Thanksgiving through you!

Our women thank you for your prayers, support and practical help.

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

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.

Extraordinary Volunteers

Left to Right: Tom Swanner, Steve Chell

Tom Swanner and Steve Chell are two of our most devoted and dedicated maintenance
volunteers. When something breaks or a problem arises, they are on the scene in no time
doing what they can to make it all better. Thank you, gentlemen, for not only keeping our homes functional, but for providing healthy male presences for our women and children.

TOM:
How did you get involved at The Dwelling Place?
I got involved by being invited to the Gala by Steve and Linda Wiza.
How has God touched you through volunteering here?
I realized that God had things for me to do that I had no idea were available. He showed me that even a retired, (and somewhat tired) electrician has something to offer Him. Volunteering has given me a feeling of being involved in His work.
What do you wish other people knew about TDP?
I wish they could know the feeling I feel when two little girls run up to me when I come to do a small repair on their home, and just want to hold my hand and talk to me. I wish they could know the role models the staff are to all the families. I wish they could see the smiles on the ladies’ faces during bible study.
Why are you supporting TDP as opposed to other causes?
I do support other causes. I think all the causes I am in support of are social, in a manner of speaking. When I think of all I have been given, I just think I need to do what God has put on
my heart.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I make maple syrup in the spring, and raise grapes for wine in the summer, at my little hobby farm.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about donating, volunteering, etc.?
I usually tell friends that I believe TDP to be a very well run organization, and does meaningful and timely work. And everyone always appreciates everything I do and the thanks always feel so good.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?
I have a new granddaughter and one of her first words was “Grandpa,” so I’ll let you guess on
that question!

STEVE:
How did you get involved at The Dwelling Place?
I heard of the need to help from my church, Eagle Brook. I started volunteering by helping remodel the north metro duplexes.
How has God touched you through volunteering here?
Opening my eyes to how much pain is right here in our communities and the need for Christians to respond to a call of service.
What do you wish other people knew about TDP?
The work of the staff to instill a love for Jesus in the women of TDP.
Why are you supporting TDP as opposed to other causes?
It seems my talents fit the need of The Dwelling Place.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I enjoy bird-watching.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about donating, volunteering, etc.?
When you volunteer your time to an organization that is doing God’s work, your outlook on what is important changes. I can also say that your money donations are used wisely.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?
I am retired so anything I want to do.