About Compassion Connection

Together we can make a difference

We’ve Been There

We Know The Foster Care & Adoption Journey

There are over 400,000 children in foster care. Many face unimaginable neglect, abuse, or abandonment and these children are left feeling rejected and alone. Children in the foster care system are more susceptible to a variety of challenges such as homelessness, incarceration, teen pregnancy, human trafficking, substance abuse, and limited education. Annually, over 20,000 age out of the system, many without the ability or support to transition effectively into independent living. We are committed to providing a helping hand to children and youth facing such daunting challenges.

Our Leaders

Meet the Team

Amy Drehmel

Amy Drehmel

Board | President

Kevin Drehmel

Kevin Drehmel

Board Treasurer

Lydia Gerber

Lydia Gerber

Board Secretary

Term ends June 2024

Stacie Hennen

Stacie Hennen

Board Advisor

Term ends December 2023

Toni Buesgens

Toni Buesgens

Board Advisor

Term ends November 2024

 Amanda Bost

Amanda Bost

Board Advisor

Term ends May 2025

Join the Team

Become a Board Member

Interested in Serving On Our Board of Directors?

Compassion Connection’s Board governs the overall execution of the organization’s mission. Our Board members serve a term of two years, and responsibilities include regular meeting attendance, teleconference meetings, and active electronic conversations with the Board. Each Board member is expected to serve a minimum of 3 hours per month in some capacity. Board members also hold a fiduciary responsibility for management of the organization and ensuring the organization’s status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Overall, the members of the Board contribute the educational, management, legal, and financial skills needed to ensure long-term organizational stability. As well, the Board ensures year-to-year sustainability and services for children and families affected by trauma and/or are in the Foster Care system. 
Board positions require a time and energy commitment that should not be underestimated. Candidates are urged to consider personal priorities for the next year, as well as the ways to contribute to the development of the organization.
Time & Financial Considerations:
  • Board meetings occur every other month, either on site or via Zoom.
  • Commitment to attend at least 2 annual TCC events a year.
  • Commitment to participate in at least 2 annual fundraisers a year.
  • Ongoing email/text conversations for TCC.
  • As with any Board, members will be solicited for cash or in-kind donations. Donation amount or type is optional.
Apply to be a part of the Compassion Connection Board!
  • Submit the Board application (linked below)
  • Optional: If you would like to like to include a resume with it, you can send the resume via email to and please write New Board Member Application in the subject line of your email.
  • Copies of your application will be distributed to the current board to help the Board understand how you will contribute to the organizations work and mission.
  • The Board will nominate members and vote to add members as needed to the Board.
A Word

From Our President

“Compassion Connection is a 501(c)(3) community-based non-profit. We partner with local public and private child welfare agencies. We fulfill emergency requests to expedite safe placement of babies and children and assist aged-out youth as they transition. At our Resource Closet, we are committed to helping not only the foster community but families in need making most items in our Resource Closet available to all. We host regular community events to encourage awareness and motivate community participation in support of our most vulnerable children.”

– Amy Drehmel




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Get In Touch

Closet: 13150 First Street SE, Suite 109, Becker

Telephone: 612-484-0030


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Call or Text: 612-484-0030


13150 First Street SE, Suite 109
Becker, MN 55308


11158 Olympia Ave
Becker MN 55308


Mondays: By Appt
Tuesdays: 9 am-2 pm
Wednesdays: Closed
Thursdays: 9 am-2 pm
Fridays: By Appt
Saturdays: By Appt
Sundays: Closed