2018 Thrive Conference

 Executive Director, Diane Stores (3rd from left), and Assistant Director, Darlene Cook (front center), led prayer teams. They’re pictured here with some of the prayer team leaders.

Executive Director, Diane Stores (3rd from left), and Assistant Director, Darlene Cook (front center), led prayer teams. They’re pictured here with some of the prayer team leaders.

Were you there?

It was an amazing weekend full of God’s love, inspiration, instruction and healing power!

More than 3,000 women attended this two-day conference in St Cloud, MN hosted by one of our ministry partners, Bridging the Gap.

Six Door of Hope staff and volunteers led prayer teams and hosted our Door of Hope booth.

we were honored and blessed to take part in this truly inspirational conference…

 More than 3,000 women attended this Spirit-filled weekend.

More than 3,000 women attended this Spirit-filled weekend.

 Assistant Director, Darlene Cook, and Executive Director, Diane Stores.

Assistant Director, Darlene Cook, and Executive Director, Diane Stores.

 Tenacious Hope was the theme.

Tenacious Hope was the theme.

Did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month?

1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men have experienced sexual and/or physical violence or stalking by a partner, with negative impact.

Prevention is key!

Through our offerings, Door of Hope uses 5 of 6 abuse prevention strategies the CDC recommends below.

Thanks for joining us in this very important work!  

 This is a modified CDC graphic. Original graphic at  https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pub/technical-packages/infographic.html

This is a modified CDC graphic. Original graphic at https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pub/technical-packages/infographic.html

We're a Be a Blessing Recipient!

Be a Blessing, a family of individuals and businesses transforming lives through helping small, Christ-centered organizations, has named Door of Hope as their September 2018 Blessing of the Month.

A percentage of the donations Be a Blessing receives this month will come to Door of Hope!

To learn more this effort, visit the Be a Blessing Blog Post: Abuse & Trauma Recovery

Thank you Be a Blessing! We praise Jesus for each one of you!

Expansion News: Praising God for Room to Serve More!

Just in time for our Fall Support Groups, the construction on our addition is complete!

 Craig Volk helped paint the space. Thanks Craig! 

Craig Volk helped paint the space. Thanks Craig! 

We’re praising God for providing this new space and, for all of you who contributed in some way to make it happen!

Caring hearts prayed, and handy friends installed the drop ceiling, stained the doors (Dan Wendt),  painted the drywall (Craig and Renee Volk), laid the carpet, and moved furniture!  Others donated paint (Cathy and Rich Berman), dollars (several of you), and other supplies.

If you prayed or contributed in any way, thank you, THANK YOU! 

Together we offer Christ's love, safety and healing...

 

 A Saturday morning of moving furniture will set the stage for more of God's healing touch...

A Saturday morning of moving furniture will set the stage for more of God's healing touch...

Moving Day! Can You Help?

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The time is here! We're moving into our Ministry Center's expansion area!

We're so excited to have this space up and running for our fall support groups and activities! 

Please join in the fun and if you have a truck or trailer you can bring, thank you! That will save us from renting a trailer....

When: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Where: Blaine, MN Area

To Help or Learn More: Please contact us at info@doorofhopeministries.org or 763-767-2150

Thank you and hope to see you there!

Transforming Families Today and For Generations to Come

Loving on Purpose

We're excited to announce that this fall we're introducing a new parenting class! 

Loving Our Kids On Purpose brings a fresh perspective to parenting by incorporating the principles of God’s Kingdom into strategies that will bring joy and freedom to you and your children!

Whether you’re parenting toddlers or adult children (or anything in-between), you’ll learn how to:

  • Stay connected to your children in ways that help them flourish
  • Teach your children to manage increasing levels of freedom
  • Replace intimidation and control with life-giving approaches
  • Create a safe place for children to build confidence and personal responsibility

With a blend of teaching, storytelling and humor, Danny Silk shares personal parenting stories as well as experiences from helping other families.

Please join us for this series that is transforming families today, and for generations to come! 

When: Tuesdays, Sept 18—Nov 13, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Abundant Life Church, 1105 117th Avenue NE, Blaine, MN 55434
Cost: $45 per person or $60 per couple, includes workbook

Price includes childcare for children (babies through 5th grade). Pre-registration is required for children.

Space is limited to 25 people. Don't wait or you may miss it! 

Register today: contact Renee at 763-767-2150 or renee@doorofhopeministries.org.

Family Fun Walk - Register Today!

PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR 1ST ANNUAL 2K FAMILY FUN WALK! 

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We’re not willing to let women, children, and men suffer alone. We walk with them on the journey to heal from trauma and abuse. 

Walk, celebrate, and raise support to help them find freedom!

Sunday, October 14, 2018
3:30 p.m.
 Registration Opens
4:00 p.m. 2K Walk and Fun Begins
5:00 p.m. Door of Hope Family Celebration

Lakeside Commons
3020 Lakes Pkwy
Blaine, MN 55449

$30 Adult/Teen Registration
Kids 12 and Under Participate Free
$300 Individual Fundraising Goal

Expanding So That More May Know God's Healing

Ministry Center Expansion Project

Last year, due to new staff members and several new support groups, we had to lease office space upstairs. While this was helpful, it made communication difficult and added expense.

This year we moved everyone back downstairs and made do, while planning to finish space we were already leasing.

Construction has begun, and will enable each staff person to have an office and will provide much-needed group space...right now we have to limit the number of people per support group, due to space restrictions...

The added space will be used for training leaders, support groups, and hosting workshops, as well as giving our staff quiet and productive spaces to work. It’ll be wonderful to move Executive Director, Diane Stores, out of the group room, Assistant Director, Darlene Cook, out of the sitting area, and Development Coordinator, Alissa Holmes, out of a closet.

 Thanks to Dan Wendt for staining the doors.

Thanks to Dan Wendt for staining the doors.

Thanks to Matt Efteland for volunteering to create the space’s CAD (Computer Assisted Design), and to Dan Wendt (pictured) of Cedar Ridge Church for volunteering to stain our doors. Your help, Matt and Dan, is going to make a huge difference for so many families. Bless you and thank you!

UPDATE

Thanks to all of you who contributed to getting carpet in our new space. You gave $2150, exceeding our need for $1500. Thank you! The additional $650 has been put toward the drop ceiling, which means we only need about $900 to install a drop ceiling and complete the project.

If you can help, please put 'expansion' in the comment area when you donate here

God bless you and thank you for your partnership in bringing God's healing from trauma and abuse. 

Am I Going Crazy? Gaslighting: An Insidious Form of Abuse [Free PDF Download]

Gaslighting

Gaslighting is emotional abuse that is used to manipulate you and gain control over you.

It causes you to doubt your thoughts, experiences, perceptions, and decisions.

The abuse is usually gradual, and sometimes subtle, leading you to feel defeated and exhausted, but unable to explain why or put a name to it.

Anyone at any age is susceptible to gaslighting.

Common Gaslighting Tactics

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  • Negative body language, looks, or ignoring, that cause you to believe your needs and thoughts are not valid.
  • Withholding emotions to gain control, leading you to believe your emotions are irrational or unacceptable.
  • Denying that conversations or events happened, or didn’t happen the way you remember them.
  • Demeaning comments that attack your character, leading you to feel that you are stupid, or inadequate.
  • Manipulating situations to make you feel self-doubt and confusion (e.g. Tell you their favorite color is blue, then when around other people they say it is yellow, to hurt your credibility).
  • Every decision you make is criticized, leading you to believe you can’t make good decisions.
  • Being told your thinking is crazy, you can’t remember anything right, or the way you do things is wrong. Often use subtle, manipulative words that contain the seeds of doubt and negativity. It can also be conveyed through a look or certain body language.
  • Regularly being corrected or told/shown that there are better ways to perform tasks or make decisions, as though your way is inadequate.
  • They will often control conversations.
  • Reverting questions back to take attention off of them, causing you to question your own motives and views.
  • Accusing you of doing what they’re doing to you (aka projecting). e.g. accusing you of cheating when they’re cheating.

How Gaslighting Affects You

  • Constantly second guessing yourself, even in simple decisions like what to cook for dinner. Wondering if you can do anything right.
  • Feeling confused or crazy outside of the relationship. Self-doubt starts to spread to other areas of your life.
  • You begin to shut down and withdraw from activities, friends, and society, as you become confused and exhausted.
  • Although nothing bad has happened, you begin to lose hope and joy...yet you can’t say why.
  • You begin to question your value and worth.

If you or someone you know is being gaslighted, there is hope.

Free PDF of Am I Going Crazy?

Door of Hope support groups offer safe spaces where participants can share, process, and get the help they need. Our trauma recovery counseling offers freedom and life-changing transformation from the deep wounding of abuse.

Contact us today to learn more or make an appointment: info@doorofhopeministries.org or 763-767-2150.

Today can be the day your healing begins...

Spring Banquet News

 Thanks to all who joined us at our 2018 spring banquet! More photos

Thanks to all who joined us at our 2018 spring banquet! More photos

About 200 friends joined us April 21 to celebrate God's work and provision for this ministry. Thank you to all of you who joined us!

Although, at $35,000, we fell short of our $75,000 goal, we know God will continue to bring this work to more and more of His precious ones. 

Thank you for your prayers, and for your donations of time and money. Each heart that reaches out brings hope and healing to generations to come.

Your presence with us is proof that God is up to something wonderful!

PS Special thanks to Emcee, Silvia Ontaneda; Harpist: Stephanie Claussen; Adrielle Royale Photography; Roses Donor, Word by Word; Host Site, North Heights Lutheran Church; Caterer, Atlas Grill; and Sponsor, Ricky's Embers.

PPS Big shout out to our banquet volunteers, and to our banquet committee:
Joy Alizadeh, Jodi Hill, Alissa Holmes, Geralyn Nelson, Abby Rickenbach, and Renee Volk

More Banquet Photos