Carla Burton

FOUNDER and 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. She is steering the work to return to shelter, offering safe housing on a sliding fee for families. 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.

Our Store and Ministry Staff

These employees are the consistent faces of Grace Place in Winona and in Rushford.


Lola has served with Grace Place for 20 years, first as a volunteer in the Winona store, and then as the morning cashier. Lola creates weekly store reports and oversees the jewelry inventory of the store. She lives in Winona and has two adult children.

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Brenda has been a faithful and committed part of our Rushford expansion since the beginning. Brenda is our lead cashier and provides oversight of many of the details in our Rushford location. Brenda lives in Rushford with her husband; she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. Brenda is a gifted gardener and baker; she can be found at local farmer's markets all summer long, sharing crafts, canned goods, and other bounty from her home.



Our volunteers are the heart and soul of Grace Place.  Without their faithful dedication to the work, we would cease to function.  Our volunteers experience community and care as they serve here.  Stewardship is a priority at Grace Place.  We believe that we are to be good stewards of all the gifts God gives us, and that includes our volunteers!


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.