About Us

Mission

Creating a community where neighbors share the love of God through service to each other.


History

The Link began in 2008 as a collaboration of the New London-Spicer area churches. The area churches had experienced an increasing need for a central, coordinated effort to lovingly respond to the needs of our neighbors. The Link focuses on engaging the community and serving people in need in northern Kandiyohi County.

In our community, people in need are often invisible. People experiencing poverty or a financial crisis often feel alone and ashamed, making it difficult to ask for help. Unforeseen circumstances such as health issues, unemployment, or simply having incomes that are unable to sustain their basic needs often look to the faith community for support. This is where The Link comes in!

Goals

  • Help people access community resource through relationship and advocacy with service agencies
  • Identify gaps in service to people in need and engage community members in using
    their resources to address these needs
  • Empower low-income people to build and sustain their own social, economic and spiritual well-being
  • Increase community awareness about the reality of poverty in our community

Community Needs

People Living in Poverty

0
In Kandiyohi County

US Census & American Community Survey 2015

Children Living in Poverty

0%
In Kandiyohi County

Kids Count Data Center, 2015 Fact Sheet

Free or Reduced Price Lunches

0%
Students In NLS School District

Kids Count Data Center, 2015 Fact Sheet

Facing Hunger

1 in 0
People in Kandiyohi

Children Receiving SNAP Benefits

0%
formerly Food Stamps

Kids Count Data Center, 2015 Fact Sheet

People Paying Unaffordable Rent

0%
In Kandiyohi County

Minnesota Housing Partnership, 2015


Staff

Rhonda Otteson is the Director of The Link, focused on the planning and development of the organization. Rhonda works 30 hours per week. Rhonda’s time is split between donor development and administration of The Link. Before coming to the Link, Rhonda worked at Heartland Community Action Agency to implement policies to meet the needs of low-income citizens in her community. Rhonda has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in Advocacy & Political Leadership with a nonprofit focus. Rhonda brings a dedication to working with low-income people which is rooted in her personal experience with poverty as a child and young parent.

Chasity Ommodt is the Director of Client Services & Community Engagement. Chasity works 25-30 hours per week focused on services to people in need, volunteer support and engagement, and increasing community awareness of The Link’s work. Prior to working at The Link, Chasity worked as a housing case manager with youth, single adults and families for over six years. Chasity brings an empathetic and empowering approach to each person she serves. She thrives on connecting resources and collaborating with other agencies for the greatest benefit of those she serves. Chasity has a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Shawna Roemeling joined The Link staff in May 2017. She oversees the Food Pantry and is taking the lead on the revive + redeem boutique | thrift store transformation. Shawna brings creative flair and a passion for repurposing furniture. Shawna has over a decade of experience in programs serving low-income people.

Board of Directors

Board Chair: Judy Imdieke
Vice Chair: TBD
Secretary: Linda Kelvington
Treasurer: Dave Henle


Kristin Allen
Pastor Seyward Ask
Michelle Kastel-Olson
Trish Perry
David Severtson
Dave Swanson
Tracy Tebben

Annual Report

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