Charting the Course



Alexandra House held its Grand Opening of the new shelter in Blaine with room for 35 women and children.

Alexandra House held its first Candlelight Vigil on the steps of the Anoka County Courthouse in memory of Anoka County residents who died as a result of domestic violence.

Violence Against Women Act was signed into law as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.

The Minnesota Center for Crime Victim Services was established.

The Violence Against Women Grants Office (VAWGO) was created at U.S. Department of Justice.

1994… A New Door Opens While the facility opened its doors to clients in June of 1994, the open house for the public was held on October 20, 1994. Despite the increased capacity of the new shelter, it was filled beyond capacity within the first two days. The new facility had private meeting rooms, a large kitchen, a fenced playground, large bedrooms that could accommodate entire families, and space for residents to have some quiet time. A decision was made prior to the opening of the new facility to ‘go public’ with the location of the Alexandra House shelter. It was the first time in Alexandra House’s history that it was open to the community. “We want the community to take some ownership of the problem of domestic violence. We want people to know who we are and help us address the problem.” —Pat Prinzevalle, Former Alexandra House Executive Director (October 1994) “Back in 1977, I knew services were desperately needed, and I am pleased that Alexandra House has responded so well. And yet Alexandra House won’t be completely successful until domestic violence is wiped out and there’s no more need for their services anymore. We all need to work toward that goal.” —Margaret Langfeld, Anoka County Commissioner (October 1994)



1) Alexandra House facility in Blaine. 2) The new playground at the shelter.


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