The Dwelling Place volunteers

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

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

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

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.

Volunteers Needed to Paint and Decorate


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:

If you have furniture in good condition (especially 3-5 drawer dressers and lamps) to donate, contact us at

"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)!


Paths of Life Gala 2017

Praise God for the beautiful evening we shared with 500+ guests at the Paths of Life Gala on October 7.

More Gala Photos

More Gala Photos

We enjoyed Keith Stevens and Point of Grace in concert.

Stories of God's healing and joy were shared, that reveal the paths of life God has given our women and their families. We praise God for paths of life and joy forevermore, bearing witness to His presence and care.

Thank you to all who took part

Thank you to our AMAZING VOLUNTEERS! The amount of people it takes to make our gala a beautiful celebration is immense! We couldn't be more grateful to all of you who poured out your hearts and provided your time and talent in such amazing ways. We thank God for you, faithful servants of our Lord!

Thank you to Point of Grace for the stunning and moving entertainment you provided. You were nothing short of spectacular!

Thank you to Zandolee Media for all your help with video production, capturing our gala live, etc.

Thank you to Nystrom & Associates, Ltd. for being our presenting sponsor! And to KempsVictory Auto Service & GlassACR Homes, Tenenz, Inc., Slumberland FurnitureCalvin Christian School, Highpoint Environmental, Ironworks, Rise & Shine, Darin and Julia Glanzer, and Jerry and Marilyn Halseth for sponsoring our gala as well!

Thank you to Keith Stevens of 98.5 KTIS for doing an incredible job emceeing our event!

Thank you to everyone who attended and all who gave a donation! With God's grace, you enable us to continue to serve more and more women and children fleeing domestic abuse!

Thank you to all the businesses and individuals who donated silent auction items!

And of course, certainly not last or least, thank you to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for His faithfulness, provision, love, grace, forgiveness, mercy and for the eternal hope that we have in Him and Him alone.

We are so humbled and honored by the abundant love we experienced this past weekend, and can't wait until next year's gala, which will be Saturday, October 6th, so save the date!

Our Gala Goal: $250,000

Funds raised to date: $190,000
Gap remaining: $60,000

These funds provide housing and life-giving services for women and children
renovation of the new home providing for 14 additional women and children

Post Gala donations or pledges received by October 31 will count toward this goal. 

My Post Gala Gift

North Presbyterian Church Blesses Us Richly

North Presbyterian Church

We are so grateful for this wonderful team from North Presbyterian Church in North St. Paul, who worked at our new house! 

What an amazing transformation they made through significant yard work, cleaning walls and carpets, and installing shelves. 

The wonderful spirit of their team was a rich blessing and it was great to meet each person and learn more about North Church and the ways they share Christ's love in the community! We know that service given through Christ's love is a sweet gift -- and they gave it so well. 

Undoubtedly, the hot and humid weather factor was a challenge -- but it did not deter this group from tackling big projects!

We are so honored for the partnership with North Church and look forward to joining together in the future!

Small Group Shares the Love of Christ!

Gina and Dylan and their small group.  More pics

Gina and Dylan and their small group. More pics

It was time for painting and window washing!

One of our strong advocates and volunteers, Gina Sansom, coordinated the small group she and her husband Dylan belong to, to help.

They share life with one another, and encourage each other to reach out to make a difference, as they share the love of Christ!

In one evening they brought about a beautiful transformation by washing windows, taping and painting walls and preparing rooms for use.

Before leaving, they prayed for the home and for the peace of Christ to dwell throughout it, for the safety and blessing of women and children who will live there.

Many thanks!

Does your group want to pitch in? Contact us at to volunteer. Thank you!

Renovation Volunteers Needed!

Calling all renovation-handy volunteers!

Volunteers from 2014 renovations. More 2014 reno photos

We are scheduling work projects for August, September, October (and possibly beyond) to prepare new spaces for our women and children to grow, heal, and live in the loving support of The Dwelling Place.

Many volunteers will be needed for various tasks. Please sign up and let us know how you are interested in getting involved.

You will receive information updates regarding work dates, types of projects, and specific needs.

We thank God for you in advance!

Key Gala Volunteer Coordinator

Calley Fischer

Welcome to Gala Volunteer Coordinator, Calley Fischer, who assists Gala volunteers with placement, communication, and support!

We thank God for Calley! 

We currently need help decorating, greeting guests, administering the silent auction, helping with behind the scenes tasks, and more.

For a description and timing of each volunteer position, please go to our Gala Volunteer Registration Site at the link below.

We couldn't put on an event like this without volunteers like you! Thanks for considering volunteering with us!

You truly make the Gala a wonderful time of celebration for all!