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DAKOTA WOODLANDS INC

Eagan, MN   |  www.dakotawoodlands.org

Mission

Empowering homeless women to create stable futures for their families.

Ruling year info

1993

Principal Officer

Ms Jennifer Harrison

Main address

3430 Wescott Woodlands

Eagan, MN 55123 USA

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EIN

41-1424653

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Dakota Woodlands Homeless Shelter

Dakota Woodlands creates a pathway to sustainable and independent housing for homeless women and families by providing a continuum of supportive services. Dakota Woodlands is the only homeless family shelter in Dakota County. Our main goal is to help families secure and maintain permanent, supportive housing. We do this through a person-centered care partnership and supportive services that lead families to a place of independence.

Upon their arrival to Dakota Woodlands, families are greeted and welcomed by our Client Case Advocates, who are ready to help families every step of the way at Dakota Woodlands. They will support families throughout their journey to a stable future. Families that participate in the Dakota Woodlands program are welcome to stay at the Shelter as long as they need to. Our Client Case Advocates work in unison with our families, helping them to reach their goals of having a safe home to move into, economic stability, healthcare, and family well-being.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Low-income people
Families
Extremely poor people
Working poor

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Dakota Woodlands Homeless Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of families served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Dakota Woodlands Homeless Shelter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Organizational Goals
Dakota Woodlands aims to increase the variety and quality of programs available to ensure the greatest level of success for our clients. In 2022, the goals for our families include:

● 95% of families will access to new, external resources
● 85% of parents will gain access to educational resources for their children
● 70% families will find stable housing
● 25% families will increase their income while in the shelter
● Less than 10% of families will decrease income

In June 2021, Dakota Woodlands went through a leadership transition as their Executive Director of 11 years retired. With a new Executive Director at the helm, the Board of Directors is ready to embark on a new strategic planning process that will inform our work in 2022 and beyond. In the absence of a current strategic plan, the organization is working on the following organizational objectives to support organizational goals.

Organizational Objectives

Reinstate Follow-Up Program. Continued support is key to ensuring success when families move into permanent housing. With the additional challenges of COVID and other factors, Dakota Woodlands put a pause on our Follow-Up program. Previously, 92% of families who participated in our full program were successful in entering and maintaining permanent housing upon leaving Dakota Woodlands. The Follow-Up Program will introduce clients to community connections that will continue to assist them in their recovery and include them in family activities such as picnics, community arts, and school functions. Dakota Woodlands will also assist former residents with emergency expenses: diapers, formula, food, and other immediate needs that could send them back into homelessness if unmet. Integrating into a community is essential to the success of the former residents.

Trauma informed care training for all staff. We understand that all of the families coming to Dakota Woodlands have experienced some sort of trauma. It is our goal to become a trauma-informed organization where every staff member understands trauma and trauma reactions. We plan to examine all policies, procedures and processes to ensure they are not likely to trigger trauma reactions or to be experienced as re-traumatizing for clients. We plan to train all staff on trauma-informed care practices, as well as provide support to managers supervising staff, and implementing a form of reflective consultation for staff dealing with difficult client stories and circumstances.

Increase diversity of staff, board, and volunteers. In 2020, nearly 70% of Dakota Woodlands’ clients were people of color who bring with them unique histories and experiences that sometimes are best addressed with people of similar cultural backgrounds.

Activities and who will carry out these activities
The first step in welcoming families at Dakota Woodlands is to stabilize their basic needs of shelter, food, and clothing and to allow some time for them to acclimate to a congregate living situation. Dakota Woodlands provides a cozy bedroom and all personal care items needed. We offer three meals and two snacks daily, each offering a variety of options including those that meet the medical and cultural needs of our residents.

Dakota Woodlands Client Case Advocates then work with each family to create an individual service plan, which includes ensuring access to needed resources such as those mentioned above (therapists, support groups, etc.). CCA’s also encourage clients to attend various in-house educational opportunities such as: financial literacy instruction, parenting classes, responsible renter course, and healthy lifestyle instruction.

Client Case Advocates teach clients how to reliably keep their appointments with their county- appointed service workers such as social workers, psychologists or counselors, and medical personnel. They also help to arrange transportation and educate clients on the various transportation resources available in Dakota County.

Dakota Woodlands’ Education Coordinator works with parents and teachers to ensure their educational needs are being met. Our Education Coordinator partners closely with teachers and school administration to ensure that families are aware of all of the resources offered by the school district, including free/reduced lunch and the summer food program.

Dakota Woodlands provides childcare for the residents to make it easier for them to fulfill the social and educational requirements of the program. Volunteer tutors are available for adults and children to engage in educational advancement and Dakota Woodlands offers to fund their GED instruction should they choose to pursue it, even after they leave the shelter.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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DAKOTA WOODLANDS INC

Board of directors
as of 02/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Andrew Supina

3M

Term: 2027 - 2021

Andrew Supina

3M

Laura Weiss

SmartCare

Joe Rusche

Boyum Barenscheer, CPA

Melissa Bauer

Target

Tonya Foucault

Ecolab

Jessica Nye

Amazon

Anne Wiltscheck

University of Minnesota

Elizabeth Papacek-Kovach

CHS, Inc.

Ashley Robb

Carver County

Beth Connaughty

Thomson Reuters

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/22/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/22/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.