Tom Swanner

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.

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.