I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
Anna Marie’s Alliance loves trees, almost as much as Joyce Kilmer.
We think so much of trees we are not going to send you a fundraising letter this spring. Rather than mailing something to you, we will simply ask that you consider making a donation to Anna Marie’s Alliance to make a difference in the lives of many members of our community.
Your generosity has helped us serve so many. Here are a few statistics from 2014-2015:
Anna Marie’s Shelter: 222 women and 220 children
Anna Marie’s Non-Residential Services (24-hour hot line): 1,896 adult and child victims
Children’s Program and Children Exposed to Violence Initiative: 228 children
School Youth Program: 6,698 young people
Community Outreach and Outreach to Latino Communities: 7,288 people
This is the work we have done together. With your help we can continue to provide crisis intervention, prevention and advocacy work to our community.
Thank you for each and every donation. We take your donations and make them work on behalf of the victims of domestic violence. We ask that you consider making a donation.
For our part we will continue to offer services to those who need it. And we will save a tree or two by not mailing anything to you.
Our need is great, our community is greater.
Anna Marie’s Alliance
PS You can make a paperless donation. Just click on the DONATE button on our web site.
Or call 320-251-7203 to make a donation via credit card.
Or mail your donation to Anna Marie's Alliance, PO Box 234, St. Cloud, MN 56302
Letter to the Editor in the St. Cloud Times on March 30, 2016:
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 is Action Day at the Minnesota State Capitol. The purpose is to highlight the issue of domestic violence to our legislators and remind them of its continued impact.
I am the Executive Director of a 36-bed domestic violence shelter in St. Cloud. I see the effects of violence on the women and children who live at Anna Marie’s Shelter. I am often asked, “Why didn’t she leave sooner?” The better question is, “Why doesn’t he stop?” Men need to stop the behaviors that lead to violence against women.
It is disheartening to read the stories of those who have lost their struggle and ended up dying at the hands of an intimate partner. The 2015 Femicide Report indicates at least 34 homicides were related to domestic violence last year in Minnesota.
The effects of violence on children are just as devastating. Early childhood trauma from domestic violence can lead to physical, psychological and developmental problems.
There is a possible solution. Prevention education and early intervention can decrease the violence. Anna Marie’s Alliance operates prevention education in schools, businesses and churches. Our advocates work with police officers to handle domestic violence calls immediately, which increases access to services. We have data showing these programs are effective.
Yet we need more. We need our community leaders to keep promoting non-violent solutions. We need schools and parents to education young people on making smart choices when using social media. We need coaches to address the topic of dating violence. We need college fraternities to build safety measures into their social gatherings.
Most of all, as men, we need to hold ourselves accountable and model the behaviors that support the women and children in our lives.
Everyone deserves to feel safe in their own home.
Charles A. Hempeck
Anna Marie’s Alliance
Anna Marie's Alliance is fortunate to have the support of our community.
Here are upcoming events that will benefit our mission. Please consider attending or supporting these events:
Rice Women of Today 5K
April 30 | Bend in the River Regional Park, Rice | 10:00 am
Frisbee Golf Tournament
June 25 & 26 | Area Parks
What is it?
Dating violence can be described as a pattern of behaviors in a relationship used to gain power and control over their current or former dating partner. Statistically women are more likely to be abused by their male partners, but people of all genders and orientations can be victims of abuse. Abusive relationships happen at the same rate in same sex relationships as in straight relationships. There is no “typical” victim or “typical” abuser.
Read more: Dating Violence Awareness
The number of Minnesotans killed due to domestic violence varies from year to year. We have seen yearly lows in the teens and highs in the 40s. Last year 23 Minnesotans were murdered due to domestic violence. This year, the number is higher. At least 34 Minnesotans were killed due to violence from a current or former intimate partner.
- At least 22 women Were murdered in cases where the suspected, alleged, or convicted perpetrator was a current or former husband, boyfriend, or male intimate partner.
- At least 9 friends, family members or interveners Were murdered in domestic violence-related situations.
- At least 3 men Were murdered in a case where the suspected, alleged, or convicted perpetrator was a current or former intimate partner. At least 17 minor children Were left motherless due to domestic violence murders.
Note: At the time this report was completed, MCBW was reviewing four additional cases.
Taken from the 2015 Femicide Report released January 26, 2015, by the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women