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

Armful of Love is a holiday miracle

By Jeff Mortensen
President & CEO

I mentor a group of eighth-grade boys with a friend of mine, and for this year’s community service project, the group volunteered at 360 Communities Armful of Love.  Volunteering and participating in community service is a healthy developmental aspect for people and an important part of growing vibrant communities.  The […]

By |December 21st, 2017|Categories: Columns, Get Involved, Self-Sufficiency, Uncategorized||Comments Off on Armful of Love is a holiday miracle

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

Lewis House is a beacon of hope

When survivors are ready to leave our Lewis House shelters, 360 Communities staff asks them to complete an anonymous survey about their experience with 360 Communities. With a victim-centered approach, we use these surveys to better understand how supported survivors feel when they leave the shelter. We are always looking for ways to improve […]

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Burnsville Family Resource Center connects widow with support and resources

Gladys was 80-years-old and homeless when she arrived at 360 Communities Family Resource Center. She met Sophia, our Financial Support Worker who uncovered that Gladys’ husband passed away two and a half years ago and was her sole provider. Gladys had no close family or friends and only a disability check for support. By […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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