About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to lift families to their fullest potential.

To bring this to life, we will:

  • Create a space that is safe to be who you are

  • Listen and believe the experience of others

  • Practice unconditional positive regard for people

  • Commit to interrupting the cycle of poverty

  • Model self-care, connection to others, and responsibility to community

Our core values in practice help us achieve our vision of building a community that safeguards quality of life.

Grace Place, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Our Founder

Carla Burton – Founder & Executive Director

Carla Burton founded the Grace Place Ministry in 1992. She is a single mother of three adult children and lives in Winona, MN. Carla has worked in the fields of Early Childhood Education and Family Ministry for over 20 years. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education, which includes a Pre-K and Kindergarten certification. Carla works closely with the board of directors to provide oversight of Grace Place. Carla also leads our Morning Music, Godly Play, Evening Song, Gospel Hour, and Rushford Bible Study classes. She feels right at home teaching and leading others.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Passing the Torch!

With deep appreciation and mixed emotions, we announce our Director and Founder Carla Burton’s decision to retire. Carla has worked tirelessly to support women and children and young families in the Winona and surrounding communities. Over the 30 years Grace Place has existed, she has had a positive impact on the lives of thousands of people. She is truly “one of a kind.” Now is her time to take a breath, slow her pace, and spend time at the cabin with friends, family, and her two new puppies, Otter and Daisy.

We look forward to the interview process for the new Executive Director Position and are excited to see who God will bring to carry out the Grace Place Mission.

Board of Directors

Our board of directors is a vital part of our sustainable work. We currently have several men and women from different walks of life who provide oversight and support to the Grace Place organization.

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