About Us


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


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!


  • 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

In Kandiyohi County

US Census & American Community Survey 2015

Children Living in Poverty

In Kandiyohi County

Kids Count Data Center, 2015 Fact Sheet

Free or Reduced Price Lunches

Students In NLS School District

Kids Count Data Center, 2015 Fact Sheet

Facing Hunger

1 in 0
People in Kandiyohi

Children Receiving SNAP Benefits

formerly Food Stamps

Kids Count Data Center, 2015 Fact Sheet

People Paying Unaffordable Rent

In Kandiyohi County

Minnesota Housing Partnership, 2015


Chasity Ommodt is the Executive Director of The Link. Chasity is focused on the planning and development of the organization. Her time is split between donor development and administration of The Link. 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.

Ashley Hanson
As the new Link Program Coordinator, I am thrilled to take on the exciting challenges that lie ahead. I will be responsible for the client services program as well as operating The Link Food Pantry, the Wildcat Backpack Program, the Household Exchange/Thrift Store and coordinating Tuesday’s Table.

Prior to coming to The Link, I was employed with the Willmar Public School District as a Title 1 teacher and
previously taught preschool. My husband, Trevor, and I live in Spicer and have 7 children ranging in ages 6-23.
I have always had a passion to work with children and families and have always worked in a capacity where I
could do so. Trevor and I have been licensed foster care parents for the past 8 years, and along with 2 other
families started “Foster Stitches”, which collects clothing for children in foster care placement. I am also
employed with the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) as a Parent Support Specialist and
provide support to foster/adoptive families in Central Minnesota and am currently pursuing my Masters in
Social Work degree through Simmons School of Social Work in Boston.

Board of Directors

Board Chair:Randy Freiborg
Vice Chair: Dave Gehant
Secretary: TBD
Treasurer: Dave Henle

Michelle Kastel-Olson
Pastor Brad Keller
Trish Perry
Dave Swanson
Steve Slominski
Tracy Tebben
Susan Westberg

Annual Report