It is almost that time of year! Many people are shopping, planning, and waiting for the holidays to arrive!
We are grateful that so many of you also remember the women and children in Anna Marie's Shelter at this time of year.
To make it easy for you to include shelter residents in your gift giving plans we have these suggestions:
1. Gift Cards: Residents really appreciate gift cards. Gift cards to buy gasoline, to buy gifts for their kids, or to buy supplies.
2. Use our convenient suggested gift list. The list is at the bottom of this post but it is also attached for your convenience. You can print it out and take it with you!
3. Send us a donation designated For Resident Gifts and we will do the shopping for you. We have staff who love to shop!
4. Adopt a Family! You can see information on this program below.
The women and children appreciate gifts during the holiday season.
Everyone at Anna Marie's Alliance appreciates YOU and your generosity during this season. We could not do this work without our community. Many thanks to each of you.
Our hope is for a community where every family knows peace.
Our wish for you and your family is a most wonderful holiday season.
Adopt-A-Family For the Holidays Program
When a family leaves their home because of domestic abuse they generally face economic hardship for the first several years. With your help we can make a difference this holiday season. We invite you and your family, organization or business to adopt a family or single woman from Anna Marie’s Shelter.
You may choose the size family you wish to adopt:
Small family ………..1-3 persons
Medium Family……..4-5 persons
Large family………...6 + persons
Our coordinator, Elaine D., will mail or fax information on the family’s needs to you. This information will include: gender, age, and sizes. Families will list items they would like for Christmas with a value not to exceed $85 per person. We also have a Wish List (attached below) with items needed to fill family needs for the women and children that arrive at the shelter right before Christmas who do not get adopted.
If we do not have the size family you would like to adopt, we can put your name on a waiting list. Please contact Elaine and she will take your info and contact you when your size family arrives.
Our goal is to have everyone adopted so they have a wonderful Christmas at the shelter.
Please drop off gifts anytime before December 21, 2017.
If you would like to join in the joy of gift-giving by adopting a family or purchasing gifts off the Wish List, please call the program coordinator, Elaine at 320.251-7203 ext. 226 or email at email@example.com soon as possible.
Thank you for making the holidays a little brighter for residents of Anna Marie's Shelter.
UPDATED on 11/3/17 - info with number of families that need adopting at the shelter.
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:
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.
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.
I was born and raised in Richmond, MN but recently have moved to St. Cloud, MN.
As a part of the of the Advanced Standing MSW program, I am in the beginning of my one and only year of school.
Previously during my undergraduate social work program, I had the opportunity to participate in a sexual assault advocacy training in which sparked my interest in advocating for women’s rights and helping victims of domestic violence. Growing up in the local area, I have always heard positive features of Anna Marie’s Alliance, so to partake in their agency’s work and mission is truly a great feeling.
During my time at Anna Marie’s Alliance, I hope to grow as a professional social worker and individual as I also develop skills to help the victims of domestic violence and gain a better understanding of domestic violence overall.
In my spare time, I like to be outdoors, spend time with family and friends, and relax while reading a good book.
If I had one wish, it would be to safely travel to Africa for a month. Since I was little, I have had a love for the wildlife in Africa, however, as I grow older, the love for Africa is now focused on wanting to help those that are experiencing severe poverty and medical conditions.
Sierra Bonham—Child/Youth Advocate
I am from Red Deer, Alberta Canada. I completed my BSW at North Dakota State.
I am in my final year of my MSW, and will be graduating May 2018.
Anna Marie’s Alliance works/helps with a population that I have not worked with before. As a young social worker, I want to grow and understand different populations within social work. I enjoy learning and feel I can have some sort of an impact on survivors.
I hope to become more familiarized with trauma informed care. I want to help make micro, mezzo, and macro changes that will benefit the population in which we serve. I think a lot of learning comes from experience so I just want to embrace whatever opportunities arise to help me grow as a social worker.
I love being outdoors and playing sports. I currently coach the SCSU Women's Soccer Team, I really enjoy coaching the women and seeing them grow as young women.
I would wish for a 6 month paid for trip around the world.
Sierra Leone, West Africa I just started this semester, but in the accelerated program. Will be graduating in May 2018 I love your mission statement: holding the dream of non-violence for women & children until they can hold if for themselves (ii) A co-worker of my Sandra Kruse told me about the wonderful women and Children advocate program that you run. I need the residents to help me understand violence and its effects on families and children. I love shopping and cooking To win the power-ball J – because with that amount of money I can go back to Sierra Leone and provide healthcare for women and children who cannot afford it and create programs that empowers women, teach them skills to be self-reliant and independent. Provide educational materials, uniforms, shoes for children whose parents cannot afford it. There is plenty I can do if only my wish would come true. That has always been my dream.
Anna Marie's Alliance is fortunate to have the support of our community.
Thank you, Poppy Salon!!!!
Thank you, Mantra Salon!
December 5, 2017 | 4:30-7:00 pm
It's spring cleaning time in the fall! Anna Marie's Alliance is always in need of special items and we'd like to help but we need your help too! Let's make this fun for all!
*How can I help?: 1. Bag swap- Donate 2 or more gently used purses/bags and you get to pick out one for yourself! (they also need backpacks, suitcases, duffle bags, diaper bags and athletic bags) 2. Donate unopened beauty items such as shampoos, conditioners, skin care or nail care and receive a gift card for 20% off any product purchase from Mantra. 3. Bring in a donation from the list on their website, www.annamaries.org, and get entered for your chance to win many different prizes from Mantra Salon! (Being that it's Christmas time they are accepting new or gently used toys for the children.) 4. Do all 3 and earn massive life points!
*Spread the word, invite your friends and share the event! Can't wait to see you all there! *Snacks and refreshments will be provided.