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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 has sheltered over 14,300 battered women and their children since 1979—more than 8,220 of these were children.

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

until they can hold it for themselves.

Go Fund ME

One of our wonderful volunteers has created a Go Fund Me page for summer activities for our children.  Please read her story and consider making a donation.

Please consider donating to help fund summer field trips for the children who live in a domestic abuse shelter

I've recently began volunteering at Anna Marie's Alliance, which is the local domestic abuse shelter in my community.  My position is to work with the children who have witnessed domestic violence and are now safe in the loving hands of the emergency shelter staff, along with their mothers.  However, because it is an emergency shelter, the children will not be here forever(maximum of about 45 days), which is why their time spent at the shelter gives the staff and volunteers a real opportunity to let the kids be kids and plant the seed of hope into their young, impressionable minds.  We model healthy relationships by interacting with kindness, patience, and respect.  I'm on a mission to give these children the best summer ever, and I need your help!  Please donate(any amount is helpful) to this fundraising page which will help Anna Marie's Alliance fund summer field trips like bowling, movies, theater shows, and more!  Your donations will go immediately to Anna Marie's and not through me, which makes givemn.org very convenient and safe way to donate!  

I thank you in advance for helping a child in need, someone who can never pay you back.

View the fundraiser page now: https://givemn.org/fundraiser/the-kids-of-anna-maries573e253c35141

 
 

Dancing with OUR Star

The Women's Fund of Central Minnesota Community Foundation is hosting a fun event this summer!

 DANCING WITH OUR STARS!

June 20 | 5:00 - 8:00 pm | Stearns History Museum

Local celebrities will be dancing on behalf of non-profit organizations for fun and fundraising.  This friendly competition will raise funds for several organizations including Anna Marie's Alliance.

Our star is Melinda Sanders.  Melinda is an attorney with Quinlivan & Hughes.  She will be dancing the salsa with Gustavo Pena.  

 How can you help?

1. You can "vote" for Melinda by donating to her on-line or at the event.  All "votes" for Melinda will be given to Anna Marie's Alliance.

2. Attend the event and "vote" in person.  Tickets are available through CommunityGiving.org/WFP.  The cost is $85 ($55 is tax deductible) and includes a "small plates" buffet as well as the fun of the dancing competition.  

Winner of the competition will be chosen based on 1. the amount of funds raised and 2. the opinions of the judging panel at the event.  First Prize is $15,000.  Second Prize is $10,000.  Third Prize is $5,000.  

Join us!  Support Melinda!  Support Anna Marie's Alliance!

To VOTE for Melinda visit:http://www.communitygiving.org/donate/melinda-sanders-anna-marie-s-alliance

Your Donations...Where do they go?

Where do your donations go when you give to Anna Marie's Alliance?  That is a great question!  We are glad you asked. 

There are many places donations go to support our mission.  Here are just a few way we put your donation to work:

  • Anna Marie's Shelter:  We operate a 36-bed facility for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.  We provide all the things you need to live including: food, clothing, laundry soap, shampoo, bedding, towels, pillows, shoes, paper products, and so much more.
  • Children's Program:  Anna Marie's Shelter operates a fully-licensed day care center on-site.  We need toys, wagons, baby food, formula, children's tylenol, diapers, new car seats, new strollers, blankets, and so much more.
  • Anna Marie's Alliance School Program: We operate a prevention program in elementary, junior and senior high schools.  We need funding for paper, a new computer, gas cards for travel to schools,  and you guessed it, so much more.
  • Staff:  Our staff is amazing.  They do wonderfu work like helping women find legal, medical, and mental health services.  They assist women in finding new places to live, transportation, and perhaps new schools for their children.  They watch children and play games with them.  They help find volunteers to cook on the weekends and clean the shelter.  They make sure the bills are paid so the lights stay on!  And so very much more.

At Anna Marie's Alliance we have been honored to be in a community that appreciates our work and supports us every step of the way.

If you can donate, your money will be put to work, hard work!  We are grateful for every donation of every size.  

Our goals are safety for women and children, healthier relationships for everyone, and a violence-free community.

Events for 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:

Mackenzie's | Sartell

May is Anna Marie's Alliance Month!  

Frisbee Golf Tournament

June 25 & 26 | Area Parks 

 

 

Dating Violence Awareness

What is it?

dateingabuseDating 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

2015 Femicide Report

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

Urgently Needed Items & Volunteer Needs

RESIDENT NEEDS:

Right now the women and children need shoes!  

We need tennis shoes, flip-flops or any kind of shoe.  

Thank you!

VOLUNTEER NEEDS: Many hands make light work!  

Anna Marie's Shelter is in need of a group to deep clean our kitchen and dining room area. Please contact Kim S (KimS@annamaries.org) for more information. Many thanks to our fabulous volunteers!

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS NEED: Summer time!

The children love to take field trips in the summer.  But this costs money for fees and transportation.  If you can donate to the Children's Program for summer activities, please let us know!  Thank you.

Summer is approaching!  As the children in the shelter begin to play outdorrs, we need some additional items to make the summer a great memory for the kids.  If you can, please provide:

OUTDOOR PLAY HOUSE

OUTDOOR LITTLE TYKES SLIDE (This has been donated...thank you!)

SHELTER NEEDS: 

  • TWIN BED SHEETS

Nurse Lori is looking for Children's Tylenol.

If you can help, please call 320-253-6900.

THANK YOU!

 

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Anna Marie's Alliance

P.O. Box 367
Saint Cloud, MN 56302

320.253.6900
800.950.2203

TTY: 320.258.3321

Business Office: 320.251.7203

If you're in an emergency situation, call 911.

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