Alexandra House expanded its Aging Services program adding another advocate to eliminate the existing wait list for services.
Alexandra House received a “Transitional Housing” grant from the Office on Violence Against Women
Greater Twin Cities United Way eliminated its “Safety from Family Violence” funding, ending its decades-long support of domestic violence work.
Alexandra House celebrated its 40th Anniversary.
to provide advocacy, support services, and rental subsidies to homeless victims.
2017… An Ending and a New Beginning On April 14, 2017, the Greater Twin Cities UnitedWay announced it was facing a $6 million shortfall in donations available for their Partner Agency grants. In dealing with those reductions, the United Way—historically, a key partner to domestic violence programs—chose to eliminate the entirety of its “Safety from Family Violence” funding, totaling $4.5 million. These cuts left domestic violence programs stunned. Alexandra House, an Agency Partner of the Greater Twin Cities United Way since 1983, lost $238,000 in annual funding. The loss of this historic partnership galvanized Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW) members who came together to mitigate this collective loss of funding. The membership is reframing the narrative around domestic violence to highlight the complexity of victims’ lives—so that the community understands the intersectionality of issues of poverty, hunger, homelessness, and domestic violence. One cannot hope to solve any one of these issues without addressing the others. Our work, collectively, as domestic violence service providers, helps victims to not only find pathways out of domestic violence situations, but also out of poverty and, in many cases, homelessness.
2017… Celebrating 40 Years
As a nonprofit, celebrating 40 years of service to the community was a significant milestone and an opportunity for Alexandra House to reconnect with our roots and explore our history. We have taken time to reflect on
all the progress made, the good times and the tough ones, lives forever changed, and those lost to violence. Though we are saddened that Alexandra House services continue to be needed, we are deeply honored to serve. Several events throughout 2017 were held to celebrate this milestone and to connect partners, victim/survivors, donors, volunteers, and community members to the history, mission, and work of Alexandra House and share its vision and plans for the future.
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