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

It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s a SuperShelf!

Our Daily Bread Food Shelf at Shepherd of the Valley Church in Apple Valley recently became the second 360 Communities food shelf to transform into a healthy SuperShelf! The SuperShelf pilot study was developed in partnership by HealthPartners, Valley Outreach, The Food Group, University of Minnesota Extension and Department of Family Medicine and Community […]

By |August 15th, 2017|Categories: food shelf, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized||Comments Off on It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s a SuperShelf!

Volunteer advocates provide needed support to survivors of sexual assault

According to RAINN, every 90 seconds another American is sexually assaulted. Sexual assault victims are three times more likely to experience depression and six times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. 360 Communities Sexual Assault Services volunteer advocates play a vital a role in helping survivors cope with the aftermath of an […]

By |August 13th, 2017|Categories: Get Involved, Sexual Assault Services, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention||Comments Off on Volunteer advocates provide needed support to survivors of sexual assault

Ranger has been an invaluable resource for survivors

Victim Support Dog Ranger’s first time supporting a domestic violence survivor was at a pretrial hearing. 360 Communities had been working with Veronica for years. It was an ongoing situation and it was intensely stressful and emotional for the client. When she would recount the violence, she would often be overtaken with emotion and […]

By |August 10th, 2017|Categories: Sexual Assault Services, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention||Comments Off on Ranger has been an invaluable resource for survivors

One afternoon at the Burnsville Family Resource Center makes a difference

Distraught and in tears, Cassidy walked into the 360 Communities Burnsville Family Resource Center searching for any kind of help. The single mother of three children had been struggling financially ever since losing her job eight months ago. Cassidy had searched for employment but was unable to land a job. She consequently lost her […]

By |August 1st, 2017|Categories: food shelf, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized||Comments Off on One afternoon at the Burnsville Family Resource Center makes a difference

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

Dakota County Public Health recognizes Rychner’s work

The Dakota County Public Health Department recently recognized 360 Communities’ Director of Self-Sufficiency Anika Rychner with a Public Health Achievement Award Honorable Mention in recognition of her work to transform 360 Communities food shelf system to deliver healthier choices to our clients.

“This is more than a personal honor for me,” says Rychner, “It really […]

By |May 20th, 2017|Categories: food shelf, Press Release, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized||Comments Off on Dakota County Public Health recognizes Rychner’s work

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

360 Communities shatters March Campaign goals!

During Minnesota FoodShare’s March Campaign, 360 Communities had goals of raising $100,000 and 50,000 pounds of food to help fight hunger in Dakota County.

Together, we beat both goals and collected more than $110,000 and over 94,000 pounds of food! Businesses, faith communities, schools, law enforcement agencies and more ran fund and food drives for us. […]

By |April 7th, 2017|Categories: food shelf, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized||Comments Off on 360 Communities shatters March Campaign goals!

360 Communities’ approach supports self-sufficiency

When 360 Communities Housing Support Worker Marissa first met Meredith in 2015, she had just moved into Dakota Woodlands homeless shelter with her two sons. Meredith was able to find housing and obtain a 24-month housing subsidy through Dakota County, moving herself and her sons into a townhome in Lakeville. Having her rent subsidized […]

By |April 7th, 2017|Categories: Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized||Comments Off on 360 Communities’ approach supports self-sufficiency