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About Caring Transitions of Twin Cities East

Caring Transitions of Twin Cities East is the Professional Solution for relocation services including downsizing, decluttering, & estate sales for both full and partial liquidations.

Regardless of the situation, planned or unexpected, the loss of a loved one or the need to relocate someone can be challenging. The physical challenges and emotional strains can be overwhelming enough, without the added stress of life’s unexpected events. Caring Transitions of Twin Cities East offers a streamlined support system to help facilitate a less stressful transition, taking care of the details so you can take care of yourself or a loved one.

From sorting through years of memories, working with estate planners, coordinating movers and real estate agents to designing a functional and comfortable floor plan, our compassionate and experienced professionals can be involved as much or as little as you like. We’ll serve as your family’s advocate, ensuring your best interests are kept in mind throughout the process.

Meet Mark and Shawn Gates

We are Mark and Shawn Gates, the local owners of Caring Transitions – Twin Cities East. We were both born and raised in the Twin Cities area and we are proud to call Woodbury home. We launched this business because, after retiring, we knew we weren’t finished with our careers, but we also wanted an opportunity to make a difference. Caring Transitions provides a much-needed service to the community and a means for us to build a philanthropic platform to support the communities we serve.

Caring Transitions is the professional and compassionate choice for senior moves, downsizing and in-home & online estate sales. Our specially-trained team members can handle every detail of your transition, including decluttering, sorting and preparing valuables to sell, packing, move management, unpacking and resettling, in-home and online estate sales, preparing homes for market and more. 

Caring Transitions brings extraordinary value and comfort to every family and individual during life's many transitions. We are here to take the stress out of the equation so seniors and families can focus on the next step in their journey.

Mark has more than 32 years of business leadership experience with 3M Company. He has led large global organizations in the Industrial Markets, Automotive, Aerospace, Traffic Safety and Health Care industries. Shawn has more than 20 years of customer service and supervisory experience. She has worked in commercial and corporate aviation as well as in logistics-heavy corporate travel management. We are excited to be able to combine our unique skills together with the Caring Transitions program to help you and your family. 

In addition to working directly with clients, we work with real estate companies, trust attorneys and senior living communities to help seniors and families reach their goals. For senior living communities, that means helping their potential residents with all aspects of transitioning to their new home and helping them prepare their existing home for sale. For trust attorneys, it means assisting with their clients/families to efficiently meet their estate objectives. For real estate agents, we help accelerate the process of preparing their client’s home for sale. We are committed to building mutually beneficial referral partnerships throughout our area. 

Our team is primarily focused on the eastern suburbs of the Twin Cities, including cities such as; Woodbury, Maplewood, Oakdale, Stillwater, White Bear Lake, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Cottage Grove, Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, Eagan and St. Paul as well as the surrounding communities.


Create a Customized Transition Plan That Fits Your Needs!

  • Inventory, Sort, De-clutter, Downsize
  • Estate Move Management – Coordinate Movers, Pack/Unpack
  • Sell Items – Estate Sales, On-line Auction Services
  • Disperse, Donate, Recycle, Discard Items
  • Liquidate Business Assets
  • Floor Planning for New Residence
  • Repair, Paint, Clean, Stage Home for Resale
  • Assist Executors, Attorneys, Trustees, Realtors
  • Decluttering and Organizing
  • Fund Raisers
  • Other Special Projects

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Transition Specialists

Caring Transitions of Twin Cities East employees are held to the highest standards, and maintain ongoing security and education requirements. All of our employees are bonded, insured and thoroughly screened, and each of our offices participates in the comprehensive Certified Relocation Transition Specialist (CRTS) Program. The CRTS credential is a professional mark of ethics and excellence in the field of move management.

Certified Relocation Transition Specialist (CRTS)

Areas Served

Serving Twin Cities East and Surrounding Areas

Adapting to a New Lifestyle

As life changes, it may become necessary to leave a familiar home and part with personal belongings in order to downsize and relocate to a smaller home or retirement community. At Caring Transitions of Twin Cities East, we help our clients understand the process, evaluate their options and make informed decisions that suit their best interests. We are committed to making each client’s experience positive by minimizing stress and maximizing results.