Charting the Course



Alexandra House created the Follow Up Program.

President George W. Bush signed the Violence Against Women Act of 2005.

Alexandra House expanded the Follow Up Program, offering financial assistance to families.

Alexandra House celebrated 30 years of service to the community.

The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline was launched and received its first call in February 2007.

Safe at Home, a statewide program, administered by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State that allows survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking to maintain a confidential address was signed into law.

2006… Moving Beyond Crisis Alexandra House advocates struggled with the knowledge that women required numerous community resources and ongoing support long after their immediate crisis was resolved. Survivors needed legal assistance, employment, and affordable housing. Advocates knew that some form of follow-up or aftercare program would help victims access resources and community supports, cope with the emotional, psychological, and physical trauma they had experienced, and restore their self-esteem and independence. In order to meet this need, Alexandra House collaborated with Anoka County and created the Follow Up Program. Advocates met with survivors in a safe and personal setting—typically the survivor’s home—and worked with them to identify strengths and needs, gather the tools and resources needed to make positive changes, and achieve their self-identified goals. The survivor sets the tone for the type of relationship they have with the program, ranging from informal check-ins to very structured follow-up that tapers off from weekly to monthly to quarterly.

2007… Increased Support to Survivors Alexandra House expanded its Follow Up Program with the assistance of a Family Homeless Prevention Assistance Program (FHPAP) grant. These funds allowed advocates to provide financial assistance to the families served by the program. Depending upon the needs of the client, the financial assistance may have included a rental security deposit, first month’s rent, and payments on utility bills. In 2009, with the addition of new funding, this program expanded further and included a provision of housing assistance and housing subsidies.


Alexandra House advocate meets with a Follow Up client.

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