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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

360 Communities addresses increasing need with healthy food access

by Anika Rychner
Director of Self-Sufficiency

Think of the last thing you ate.  Are you still full?  Or is your stomach rumbling?  Are you worried about where your next meal will come from?  Or will it be easy and stress-free for you to find a nutritious meal?  Unfortunately for many Minnesotans, especially children, having enough food […]

By |March 16th, 2017|Categories: Columns, community fundraiser, food shelf, Get Involved, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized||Comments Off on 360 Communities addresses increasing need with healthy food access

In the spirit of caring for our neighbors, Armful of Love is a gift

by Anika Rychner
Director of Self-Sufficiency

A four-year-old girl jumped into the arms of 360 Communities’ Sophia Bond and squeezed her tight after she gave her a new winter coat.  When the little girl arrived at Armful of Love with her mother in the minus 10-degree weather to pick up their gifts, Sophia quickly noticed […]

By |December 24th, 2016|Categories: Columns, community fundraiser, Get Involved, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized||Comments Off on In the spirit of caring for our neighbors, Armful of Love is a gift

Ranger: an innovative new resource for survivors

An exciting 360 Communities initiative involves a creative way to provide survivors of abuse additional support. We are working with an organization called Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs (PawPADs) that trains service dogs to respond to traumatic events, like mass shootings or disasters. 360 Communities has hired Victim Support Dog Ranger, pictured with Outreach Advocate Stacie Burke. Studies […]

By |November 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized, Violence Prevention||Comments Off on Ranger: an innovative new resource for survivors

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

360 Communities supports survivors every month of the year

October is designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but vigilance, conversation, education, and advocacy about the issues of domestic and sexual violence is needed year-round. According to the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, at least 13 Minnesotans have died as a result of domestic violence in 2016. One out of four college women experience sexual assault on […]

By |October 20th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off on 360 Communities supports survivors every month of the year

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