Charting the Course


With the building of a new shelter and administrative office space, Alexandra House adopts a new logo.

15 1992…Violence Prevention Program As early as 1982, Alexandra House was conducting presentations on healthy relationships and dating violence in the schools. In 1992, Alexandra House was approached by the Anoka-Hennepin School District to provide youth prevention and intervention services in their high schools on a contractual basis. This was a natural partnership that expanded the prevention work already underway and became the Alexandra House Violence Prevention Program. Alexandra House was able to hire a school-based violence prevention/intervention advocate who provided age-appropriate, dating violence/healthy relationship classroom presentations and facilitated support groups. They also met one-on-one with students identified by school personnel as victims of violence in a dating relationship, among peers, or within their homes to provide crisis intervention, support, safety planning, and resource referrals. This programwould become the Youth Services Program.

1992... Growing Pains By 1992, the existing shelter was experiencing significant space constraints. As the only domestic violence shelter in Anoka County, the shelter in Blaine was a crowded place, with a minimum of 17 women and children there on a daily basis. Due to limited capacity, staff routinely faced a disheartening dilemma of turning away women and families who were seeking safe shelter. Frequently, the shelter operated above capacity with clients spilling over onto cots and mats. Despite operating over capacity, only 6% of the requests for shelter were able to be met. In response to this ongoing trend, the Alexandra House Board of Directors passed a resolution to purchase land and build a new, larger shelter in Blaine in June of 1992.

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