Holistic support provides hope at Lewis House

Kathy and her three children moved from Texas to Minnesota in 2016 to live with her boyfriend, Rick. It wasn’t long after they moved in with him that Rick became abusive. Kathy contacted Lewis House for help.

Advocates helped her safely leave home and enter the shelter. They worked with her on safety planning and […]

By |June 25th, 2018|Categories: School Success, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention||Comments Off on Holistic support provides hope at Lewis House

360 Communities adapts to meet the needs and the future

By Jeff Mortensen
President & CEO

The community landscape is ever-changing. Populations shift, new needs develop, and resources expand and contract. For more than 45 years, 360 Communities staff members have worked hard to understand clients holistically and provide customized support. Our mission reads: In the spirit of caring for our neighbors, 360 Communities provides hope […]

By |February 17th, 2018|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, School Success, Self-Sufficiency, Sexual Assault Services, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention||Comments Off on 360 Communities adapts to meet the needs and the future

Investing upstream with Parent Aware

360 Communities Child Care Aware staff coach child care providers in Dakota County with research-based best practices for preparing children for school. This involves supporting providers as they work to earn Parent Aware Star Ratings.

The Parent Aware Star Ratings program supports and improves upon the strengths of child care programs, and also helps parents […]

By |December 15th, 2017|Categories: School Success, Uncategorized||Comments Off on Investing upstream with Parent Aware

360 Communities finds trust is key to school success

By Jeff Mortensen
President & CEO

Brittany arrived at her new high school as a transfer student with no connections and a history of challenges. She had been enrolled in four different schools within the last three years. Brittany was all too familiar with judgment, as her records of poor attendance and numerous suspensions always […]

By |August 24th, 2017|Categories: Columns, School Success, Uncategorized||Comments Off on 360 Communities finds trust is key to school success

360 Communities Dakota Healthy Families supports families experiencing postpartum depression

by Jennifer Krekelberg
Supervisor, Dakota Healthy Families

Their pregnancy was unexpected. Maria and Alex were not sure they would still be together if not for the birth of their baby girl, but they were willing to try. Both worried they might not be good parents to Emma, so when offered services through 360 Communities Dakota Healthy […]

By |July 10th, 2017|Categories: Columns, School Success, Uncategorized||Comments Off on 360 Communities Dakota Healthy Families supports families experiencing postpartum depression

Our roles in navigating community fear and uncertainty

By Jeff Mortensen
President & CEO

Imagine not knowing how you’re going to provide the evening meal for your children when they arrive home from school. Imagine arriving home 15 minutes late and looking at yourself in the car’s rearview mirror before you enter your home…recalling the facial bruises your spouse brutally inflicted on you the […]

By |April 10th, 2017|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, School Success, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Our roles in navigating community fear and uncertainty

Working upstream to impact future generations

Prevention is a cornerstone of 360 Communities’ work to strengthen our communities to a new degree. We are working in the home with first-time parents, supporting the cognitive and social development of children in their first four years. We work with day care providers to improve the quality of child care settings and help […]

By |April 2nd, 2017|Categories: School Success, Self-Sufficiency, Violence Prevention||Comments Off on Working upstream to impact future generations

Donaldson Foundation awards $30,000 grant to support Partners For Success®

The Donaldson Foundation has awarded $30,000 to 360 Communities to support its school-based Partners For Success program. 360 Communities Partners for Success employs family support workers in 32 schools in eight school districts. They engage families of at-risk, Pre-K to 12th-grade students to create a stabilized home environment that encourages learning, values high achievement […]

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360 Communities: your relationship to community needs

by Jeff Mortensen
President & CEO

Do you have eyes that see the courage and struggle in the people around you? We each hold a unique perspective and are more likely to see those things that “fit” our own world view. With life’s many distractions and our personal mindsets, it takes being open with intentionality to […]

By |October 28th, 2016|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, School Success, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized||Comments Off on 360 Communities: your relationship to community needs

Moving on to the next chapter

By Sal Mondelli
CEO Emeritus

After a very rewarding four plus years as CEO, I have handed the reins over to Jeff Mortensen effective October 1, the start of the new fiscal year, as part of an orderly transition plan which was set in motion over 18 months ago.

If five years ago you would have told […]

By |October 1st, 2016|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, School Success, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention||Comments Off on Moving on to the next chapter