Hunter’s Place is a trauma informed girls group home that serves girls ages 10-17 years old struggling with a multitude of concerns facing youth today. Hunter’s Place is a newly built home designed for the comfort and safety of the girls who will stay here. This home is the only trauma-informed home of its kind in Minnesota.
The main level is a fully ADA accessible open concept design and features a cozy seating area in the center. The fully equipped kitchen has a large island where the girls will learn how to bake and cook. The dining area has a table large enough to eat family-style meals. The large laundry room contains a new front-load washer and dryer. Each bedroom has two twin beds and two dressers.
The basement has another seating area, a game or homework table, a pool table, a foosball table, a sensory room, and the offices of the CEO, director, and assistant director.
Lisa graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Development. Needing a change after the 2001 SIDS death of her son, Lisa began working for group homes, day programs, and intensive care homes where she fell in love with working in that environment. For the past 25 years, she has managed many different programs and has advocated for youth and people with disabilities. Her passion has become helping others. Lisa was born and raised on the East Coast but moved to Minnesota with her family in 2011. Shortly after their arrival, they became a foster family. It was eye-opening on so many levels, but today Lisa and her husband are the proud parents of three amazing boys that they adopted through the foster care system. Together, Lisa and her husband share 16 children. Lisa desired change for youth and dreamt of a place where they felt safe and were given the tools they need to be successful. Hunter’s Place is that dream come true.
Nicole graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in social work and has previously worked as a child protection social worker and an adoption social worker. Nicole received her LSW in March 2016.
Jonathan & Carolyn Olson
Co-owners of Hunter’s Place
Jonathan and Carolyn operate an organic crop farm south of Cottonwood and raise conventional hogs. They live in the same farmhouse Jonathan’s great-grandfather purchased in 1913. While the house was remodeled a few times, the traditions of welcoming others remain.
Jonathan and Carolyn have three adult daughters, a son-in-law, and one granddaughter. They have had hearts to help kids for a long time. Shortly after they were married, they received training in youth ministry during a short course at a Bible college in Washington. They have been youth leaders in their church for many years. Recently, they retired from leading the youth but remain active in their church. Jonathan and Carolyn were foster parents until Carolyn was required to travel more as part of her state and national board commitments. While their license to foster in their home has expired, the desire to help others has not.
When Lisa first shared the idea of a group home for girls, they were excited for her. They wanted to help support this dream to make a difference in the lives of young women. To what extent they had no idea. They prayed about this. They truly felt God kept encouraging them to make Hunter’s Place happen. Their prayer is that Hunter’s Place will be a blessing to all those who enter, whether staff or residents.
Jonathan and Carolyn are not actively involved with day-to-day operations, but they are excited to part of such a great venture.