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

360 Communities stabilizes families and supports long-term academic success

By Lisa Lusk
Director of School Success

Academic success is not a guarantee for any student. Even children who have all the tools and support in the world to reach their potential may have significant hurdles to overcome requiring hard work in order to succeed. Imagine what it must be like for a student who comes […]

By |September 7th, 2016|Categories: Columns, School Success, Uncategorized||Comments Off on 360 Communities stabilizes families and supports long-term academic success

360 Communities supports school success step by step

by Lisa Lusk
Director of School Success

Tears of joy and relief streaked down Sandy’s face when she processed the news. It was December, and the latest test results showed that her first-grader, Kylie, was now reading slightly above grade level, a monumental improvement from where she was at the beginning of the school year. Sandy […]

By |May 13th, 2016|Categories: Columns, fundraisier, School Success, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized||Comments Off on 360 Communities supports school success step by step

Increase your impact with 360 Communities

by Sal Mondelli
Chief Executive Officer

Hall of Fame baseball player Jackie Robinson once said, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

When a person makes a positive impact in the life of another, it produces a lasting legacy. Being a positive force in another person’s life can make all […]

By |March 21st, 2016|Categories: Columns, fundraisier, Get Involved, School Success, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention||Comments Off on Increase your impact with 360 Communities

Give to 360 Communities for the health of your community

By Sal Mondelli
President & CEO

It feels good to give. In fact, there are studies that suggest charitable giving is actually good for your health. This is the season of giving, and nowhere is this more apparent than at the 360 Communities Armful of Love holiday gift program. Just ask the Rotary Club of Apple […]

By |December 21st, 2015|Categories: Columns, School Success, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized, Videos||Comments Off on Give to 360 Communities for the health of your community

Dakota Healthy Families Empowers Parents

Steven and Cindy are participants in our Dakota Healthy Families (DHF) home visiting program, which works to enhance parenting skills of first-time parents who live in Dakota County. DHF home visitors help create a family environment where children are safe, healthy and nurtured. They partner with parents to ensure that children are prepared for […]

By |October 3rd, 2015|Categories: School Success, Uncategorized||Comments Off on Dakota Healthy Families Empowers Parents

Partnering to Help Juan Get Back on Track

Juan was a 4th grader at Mendota Elementary. He was acting out at school, lying, trying to get the attention of others, and often found himself in the principal’s office.

Juan’s family emigrated from El Salvador because of the violence in their home country. Juan’s parents, Maria and Jorge, did not want to raise their […]

By |October 2nd, 2015|Categories: School Success, Uncategorized||Comments Off on Partnering to Help Juan Get Back on Track

Parent Aware Helps Strengthen Child Care

Did you know that a Wilder Foundation study found that in Minnesota children entering kindergarten unprepared costs the school system $113 million annually?

Research shows that the first five years of a child’s life is critical for social and cognitive development and that the economic benefit of early childhood programs is substantial. 360 Communities invests in programs […]

By |August 4th, 2015|Categories: School Success, Uncategorized||Comments Off on Parent Aware Helps Strengthen Child Care

Dakota Healthy Families Earns National Accreditation

In June, the Metro Alliance for Healthy Families received national accreditation from Healthy Families America (HFA), a program of Prevent Child Abuse America. The highly effective HFA model of home visiting is based upon a stringent set of 12 critical elements grounded in more than 30 years of research.

The accreditation process involves an in-depth examination […]

By |August 1st, 2015|Categories: School Success, Uncategorized||Comments Off on Dakota Healthy Families Earns National Accreditation