Anna Marie's Alliance

Who We Are

Our mission at Anna Marie's Alliance is to provide a safe place for victims of domestic abuse and to achieve systems change that reduces violence. Anna Marie's Alliance continues non-profit advocacy work to decrease domestic violence and to provide advocacy, safe shelter, education, support, and referral services for victims of abuse. The agency was created by a small group of dedicated volunteers. Volunteers continue to a driving force. The battered women's shelter was first known as Woman House, and now as Anna Marie's. It first opened its doors to battered women and their children in 1979. In 2000, we dedicated our new shelter, Anna Marie's, after the mother of our principal benefactor. A new addition was completed in March 2006 that provides conference rooms, a large children's play area and an advocate office, as well as a Clinic staffed by a Nurse Practitioner and part-time nurse. In 1983, the St. Cloud Intervention Project opened to provide criminal justice intervention advocacy, policy, and intervention measures in the criminal justice system. It closed in 2004 due to decreases in state funding for domestic abuse programs. By 1994 funding and operations were available to open the Jill Eckhoff Transitional House for women and children. Finally, in 1996, two years of collaboration and brainstorming between the St. Cloud Hospital and Anna Marie's Alliance came to fruition with the St. Cloud Health-care Based Advocacy Program. This program provided direct services to victims of domestic violence; education and intervention to area medical professionals. The hospital program closed in 2010 due to funding constraints.  The Community Education program manages the Speaker's Bureau, Workplace Violence Intervention and Prevention Training, publications, promotion, and community events. Since its inception, Anna Marie's Alliance has made a commitment to working for systemic change through engaging citizens in the work of public awareness and by providing direct services to victims of domestic violence. Shelter for victims will not end the problem of abuse. Legal, criminal, social service, education, medical, and other systems must work to create procedural standards through which the rights of victims are recognized and perpetrators of abuse are held accountable for their actions.  In June, 2012, our outreach and advocacy program for the Latino population began, due to the increase of the population and language barriers in the community.  In December, 2014, Anna Marie's on-site safe home for pets opened, offering safe shelter for resident pets.  Anna Marie's Alliance is committed to continuing its mission to eliminate domestic abuse in Central Minnesota by increasing proactive, preventative programming to stop domestic abuse before it starts. For example, the School/Youth Advocates conduct education/group services to area schools. Now there are over 30 fifteen-week groups for at-risk youth in area schools. These groups provide social skills and relationship-building education, support, mentoring, and validation for young people.
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What We Do

Anna Marie's Alliance/Central MN Task Force on Battered Women provides a domestic violence shelter for women and their children, as well as 24-hour advocacy services and crisis line. We also provide the Jill Eckhoff Transitional House, Pet Shelter and Learning Center, Child/Youth Advocacy and youth-related services, After-Care Advocacy, Criminal Justice Intervention Advocacy, Hospital/Health Systems Advocacy, a School Youth Program, and Community Education. Anna Marie's Alliance serves five counties in Central MN: Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, Wright,  and Mille Lacs.
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Address Information
PO Box 367
St. Cloud, MN 56302
Contact: Kim S
Contact Title: Manager of Volunteer Services
Phone: (320) 251-7203 ext. 210
Fax: 320-253-5563
Email: Kims@annamaries.org
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