Charting the Course


Alexandra House received critical funding from the United Way of Minneapolis to expand the Children’s Program.

Alexandra House purchased a larger home in Blaine.

Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW) sponsored training

The Battered Women’s Advisory Council at the Department of Corrections prioritized and recommended funding to address the needs of women of color.

sessions for battered women’s advocates.

1982... A Time of Growth Expanding the Children’s Program

Nearly half of all residents of Alexandra House’s domestic violence shelter were children. Since its inception, Alexandra House provided support to their children/youth residents. In 1982, Alexandra House received vital funding from United Way of Minneapolis to expand its Children’s Program. Funding allowed staff to focus on minimizing the trauma children suffered due to witnessing domestic violence and subsequently being uprooted from their homes. Services included: assessments, screening for abuse, protection planning, support, advocacy, and education. The program also worked to educate youth in the community about healthy relationships through presentations conducted at elementary and high schools within Anoka County. This was the early precursor to what would become the Violence Prevention Program and later Youth Services. A Relocation… By 1982, staff recognized that the existing location in Fridley did not have adequate space; they sought out and purchased a larger home in Blaine. However, the home needed renovations prior to moving into the facility. Those renovations were made in 1982.

Young child in shelter


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