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Welcome!

The Central Minnesota Task Force on Battered Women, doing business as Anna Marie's Alliance, is a private non-profit corporation dedicated to providing safe shelter, support, and referral services for battered women and their children. The Alliance also works with the community on systems change and violence prevention.

Anna Marie's Alliance has sheltered over 14,797 battered women and their children since 1979—more than 8,427 of these were children.

We hold the dream of non-violence for women & children

until they can hold it for themselves.

Anna Marie's Alliance to Expand & Remodel

                      The Center for Family Peace

After months of planning and working, we are proud to announce Anna Marie’s Alliance Building Hope: A Capital Campaign.  We are nearly half-way to our goal of $4 million to remodel and expand Anna Marie’s Shelter. 

Here are our goals:

  1. We will expand our current shelter to build the Center for Family Peace.  This will be a place where community members and those who need our services, but not shelter, can gather to learn and get information.
  2. We will also phase in remodeling our current shelter from communal style living to apartment style to offer women and children a better opportunity to heal and create self-sufficiency.  This will be completed in phases so there will always be shelter available to those who need it. 

Why are we doing this?  Two reasons:  Prevention—We need to stop domestic violence before it starts.  Building more beds will not prevent abuse, only education and outreach services will provide our community with a way to prevent domestic violence.  Improved Services—Our current shelter is 17-years old.  It is not configured to offer optimum services to the women and children who need it the most.  Apartment style living will provide moms and kids with more family time to develop independence and learn to live as a family.

We hope to break ground on this new adventure in April 2018 and dedicate our new building in October 2018 which is also our 40th Anniversary! 

Anna Marie’s Alliance continues to innovate, grow, and provide the best services to our community.  We hope you will join us in this journey.

To donate:  please use the attached pledge sheet.

For more information: contact Charles or Sandy at 320-251-7203.

Attachments:
Download this file (Pledge Form.pdf)Pledge Sheet[Pledge Sheet]164 kB

Trauma-Informed Care

In June, all staff of Anna Marie’s Alliance were trained in the trauma-informed model of care.  Karen Johnson of the National Council for Behavioral Health conducted the training at the shelter.   This training is the beginning of our work to be an organization that provides services based on current research and are identified as best practices for domestic violence shelters. 

Becoming trauma-informed means recognizing people may have had many different types of trauma in their lives. People who have been traumatized need support and understanding from everyone around them.  Trauma survivors can be re-traumatized by well-meaning caregivers who just don’t understand the effects of trauma.

A trauma-informed approach builds on resilience and strength.  These core values will guide our process and assist us in reflecting a trauma-informed care organization:

Create a safe, calm and secure environment

Expect staff to understand trauma and its impact

Be culturally aware and respectful

Value the voice of those who receive service

Deliver research-based treatment services

Build healing, hopeful, honest, and trusting relationships

Understanding the effects of trauma will assist our staff in working with women and children affected by violence.  Anna Marie’s Alliance intends to incorporate these practices into our entire process of program service delivery.  This knowledge must be incorporated into our work to avoid the risk of re-victimization. 

In addition to the initial agency-wide training, a part-time trauma informed specialist will serve as an individual and group therapist for residents and as a resource for staff. 

A team of staff members will lead this process as we move forward.  The team will review our current systems and identify areas for change or improvement.

We are excited to learn more and innovate at Anna Marie's Alliance!

We need....

 

We need the following items for September 2017:

Our residents are in need of:

  • Toilet Tissue
  • Rolls of Paper Towels
  • Sanitary Pads
  • Disposable shavers
  • Body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Socks for women
  • Women's Underwear-All Sizes
  • Robes
  • Ladies Pajama sets
  • Size 4 and 5 Diapers
  • If you have questions, please contact:

     Kim Salitros at 320-251-7203 x 210 or email at KimS@annamaries.org

  • IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HELPING IN OUR DAY CARE CENTER, CONSIDER THIS:
  •  FOSTER   GRANDPARENT    PROGRAM

          Share Today. Shape Tomorrow.

       Are you a caring individual who wants to help children succeed?

    • Men and Women 55+
    • 15 hours per week
    • Hourly reimbursement*
    • Travel reimbursement
    • Other rewarding benefits

    Now is the perfect time to train to become a Foster Grandparent!

     20 hours preservice training given

     Call Jennifer Lieser at 320.229.4589 for more info

     *This is a “paid” volunteer position offered by

    Catholic Charities Central MN Foster Grandparent Program.

Attachments:
Download this file (2017 September List.pdf)2017 September List of Needs[ ]54 kB

Consider a Gift to Anna Marie's Alliance

We are grateful for the support our community has given us this year.  

Unfortunately we do not get to stop fundraising.  We continue to fundraise to keep the lights on, the computers humming, providing services to over 1,900 adult and child victims of domestic violence, education programs that provide information and mentoring to over 7,000 students, AND we have provided shelter to 11 dogs, 11 cats, and 1 rat in the Pet Safe Shelter in the last year!

Please consider a donation to Anna Marie's Alliance as part of your holiday giving.  

  • You can mail a donation to Anna Marie's Alliance, PO Box 367, St. Cloud, MN 56302
  • Use the GIVEMN donation button on this page
  • Or call us at 320-251-7203 x 254 and talk to Kayle to make a donation over the phone.

We appreciate any and all support.  

Thank you!

Events for Anna Marie's Alliance

anna maries heart 1Anna Marie's Alliance is fortunate to have the support of our community.

Do-Over Prom

October 13 | 8:00 pm - 12:00 am

Grands at Mulligan's

Tickets required (via EventBrite)

Recapture your style from your high school days or dress classy and current! ANY Prom style
attire is welcome!
PLUS, all proceeds from the event will be donated to Anna Marie’s Alliance in St Cloud, MN!

For additional information on these events, email SandyN@annamaries.org.  

Thank you for your support.  We cannot do our work without your help.

If you would like to hold a fundraising event for Anna Marie's Alliance or any of our programs, contact Sandy Nadeau at SandyN@annamaries.org.

Many thanks!

 

Attachments:
Download this file (adult prom graphic.pdf)Do-Over Prom[ ]38 kB
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Anna Marie's Alliance

P.O. Box 367
Saint Cloud, MN 56302

Call 911 if this is an emergency


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320.253.6900

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