domestic violence

The Path Forward Breakfast

Tara Meyers of  Rise & Shine  speaking to the attendees

Tara Meyers of Rise & Shine speaking to the attendees

Over 60 business and civic leaders joined us at Faith Christian Reformed Church New Brighton, MN on April 4th for The Path Forward breakfast!

This was our first event of this kind designed to extend our appreciation to business and civic leaders who share our concerns about domestic abuse and homelessness and trauma that it creates in our communities.

We know how essential these leaders are to create pathways for women and children to move forward to a better life. We welcome and appreciate the support, services, resources, and opportunities they provide!

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REALTORS Making a Difference for Our Women and Children

Pete and Karen Collins and some of their team, with basic needs donations for our women and children

Pete and Karen Collins and some of their team, with basic needs donations for our women and children


The Dwelling Place thanks Pete and Karen Collins, Realtors at Roseville Keller Williams, for bringing together over 25 volunteers on April 1 to assist with the preparation of children's craft projects for Easter and Mother's Day, and to conduct a Basic Needs Drive.

Their amazing generosity provided for many daily needs in our homes and is a big blessing for the women and children!

Preserving Life's Precious Memories

Mary Mosbey with her scrapbook supplies

Mary Mosbey with her scrapbook supplies

We are SO excited to highlight Mary Mosbey, a great supporter and volunteer of The Dwelling Place.

Mary has a heart to serve our women with her passion for scrap booking and preserving life’s precious memories!

Not only has Mary generously donated her time, but she’s also provided our women with scrapbooks, bags, and all the materials needed to create a stunning scrapbook.

On top of that, Mary appealed to her fellow Creative Memories consultants and asked for their help in providing more bags and supplies for our women. She has been overwhelmed by the number of responses. We are so thankful for God’s provision through each one of them!

Our women have expressed deep gratitude for Mary and how she has given them the ability to create art that helps capture their favorite memories in a book they can call their very own.

They have immensely enjoyed the opportunity to scrapbook their stories and their new lives in Christ! Thank you so much, Mary!

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Register now to take part in "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes"--an event that raises awareness to end rape, sexual assault, and gender violence.

Although the majority of people who walk are men, women and children are invited too!

Our very own Board Chair, Roy Anderson, is walking in the event, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 20th, in Anoka, MN.

We are proud to be a sponsor of such an incredible event!

Money raised will help one of our partners, Alexandra House, a domestic violence crisis shelter located in Blaine.

Hope to see you there!

More information and registration at:

Thanksgiving Eve at Lakes Free

Executive Director, Linda Wiza, at Lakes Free

Our Executive Director, Linda Wiza, had a wonderful time sharing about The Dwelling Place at the Thanksgiving eve service of Lakes Free Church.

The generous people of Lakes Free took an offering for our women and children, which was a tremendous blessing.

Giving thanks for you, Lakes Free Church!

Your partnership, friendship, and support is making a huge difference for all of us.

Bless you!

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Women of Eagan's Peace Reformed Church

Kristen Nelson, Director of Programs and Monica Groves, Mission Advancement Director, were blessed to join these women (representing various ministry circles) at Peace Reformed Church on Sunday, July 31.

Peace recently donated items to help one of our mothers who needed clothing for her growing infant and preschool child. She is so grateful for their kindness to her family!

Fence provides a sense of security

By providing more privacy we gained a greater sense of security. 

With the warmer temperatures of April and May, our program staff saw that our women and children were uncomfortable being outside in the yard because it lacked a sense of security. They suggested that a privacy fence be built to create a boundary between the yard and the sidewalk and street next to them. Such a fence would block the visibility and access to the yard and create peace of mind and sense of security for our women and children.    

The necessary approvals were secured to make this improvement to the property and, with the support of The Dwelling Place board and volunteers, the supplies were purchased, and the fence started going up in July.  

Enjoying the Sandbox!  

We love seeing our children enjoy the yard as they play in their new sandboxes.    

We are glad there are still warm summer days to enjoy because the space makes it easier now to relax and experience the  pleasure of being outside in the yard!      

Wonderful and Talented Volunteers  

Installation of the fence is being done this summer by wonderful volunteers who diligently work – even during days with increased heat and humidity! They are amazing!  

This sandbox was built by Tom Swanner, board member and volunteer for The Dwelling Place. The sand for the sandbox was donated by Roger Ruetten. Tom and Roger, along with Jeff Wedan and Steve Chell are putting up the fence for us by donating their time and talents to create an improved living area for our women and children.  

When we see how God provided to both identify and address this need, we are grateful. We know that everything matters to Him and we see how He has provided a more peaceful dwelling and undisturbed place of rest in this way.    

Substance Church Blesses by Washing and Weeding

Recently, a group from Substance Church blessed our women and children by washing our windows and weeding our planting areas.

The heat couldn't stop them--they dug right in and worked really hard...and were so bright and cheery with residents and staff alike.

Thank you so much, Substance friends! We look forward to many more moments with all of you.
God is GOOD!

Medtronic, Pepsico, and a New Mower

Our supporters make all the difference for our women and children. 

Thanks to one of our friends who recently donated a brand new mower! Because of you, our yards are finding lots of little feet running through them.

Thank you also to our friends at Medtronic and PepsiCo. for blessing our women and children with recent "basic needs drive" donations!

What's a basic needs drive, and what are the needs? Current Basic Needs List

Always needed at The Dwelling Place:
13 gallon trash bags
Paper towels
Diapers: Size 5, 6 or XL. Size 6 overnight Pull Ups (no size 3 and under, please)
Liquid hand soap
Laundry soap (fragrance-free, if possible)

To help provide the basics, so dollars and time can be spent bringing healing, contact Thank you!

Lots of Jumping Fun!

Our staff members (pictured) enjoyed the day as well!

Our staff members (pictured) enjoyed the day as well!

Sending a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Froggy Hops Inflatable Jumpers!

On Wednesday (6/29), Froggy hosted a fabulous party for our women, children and staff, which included four bouncy activities, cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, and fun art projects. Their staff "jumped" right in and made the day extra fun! Members of our staff (pictured*), enjoyed the event as well!

It is Froggy Hops’ mission to serve the community by providing fun and lasting MEMORIES for children and families through play, and that is exactly what they did for us.

What a blessing! Thank you friends at Froggy Hops!

*although our women and children took part fully and loved it, we do not post public photos of them, to help keep them safe.