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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.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to each of you.

At this time of year our need is great. Yet, our hearts are full of thanks for each of you who has donated to Anna Marie's Alliance. We wish we could personally thank each of you, but we would run out of space on the Internet!

So for today, here are some things that come to mind:

  • Thank you to the 240 community members who attended our annual fundraising breakfast.
  • Thank you to the board members who help guide our organization.
  • Thank you to the staff who perform wonderous works every day.
  • Thank you to the volunteers who made Thanksgiving Dinner for the residents.
  • Thank you to the web master who helps us with this site.
  • Thank you to all our friends on Facebook.
  • Thank you for the funds you donate to keep our lights on and our shelter warm and dry.

We are grateful for all of you. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season.


Needed NOW!

Hello Website Friends!

You may not know that Anna Marie's Shelter has a fully licensed day care center on-site. 

Our child care center is in real need of some toys for kids 3 and under.  Here is a list of some of the things we could use:

  • Infant Socks--Size 0-12 months
  • Building blocks
  • 8 oz. baby bottles
  • Chew toys
  • Play trucks or cars without little pieces
  • Sensory balls
  • Walker/Push toys
  • Shake and rattle pop toys
  • Toy phones
  • Books with thick pages
  • Pull toys

Thank you so much!

Updated 12/1/16

Holiday Wish List for Residents of Anna Marie's Shelter

Holiday Wish List for Residents (not adopted prior to the holiday)

Women's Wish List

  • Grocery Store Certificates
  • Crossroads Certificates
  • Slippers with non-skid bottoms
  • Hair straighteners
  • Women's Socks
  • Women's New Underwear All Sizes
  • Towels and Washcloths
  • Alarm Clocks
  • AA & AAA Batteries
  • Gift Certificates to Restaurants (Pizza)
  • Women's Robes

Toy Wish List

  • Baby Dolls
  • Educational Games
  • Activity Books
  • Craft Kits
  • Infant/Toddler Toys
  • Play Phones
  • Play Doh Accessories
  • Ethnic and Diverse Toys, Games, and Dolls

Teen Wish List

  • Hand-held GamesArts and Crafts
  • Gift Cards
  • Board Games
  • iTunes Gift Cards
  • Earbuds/Headphones
  • Gift Certificates to the Movies
  • Amazon Gift Cards
  • Jewelry-Watches
  • Hair Accessories
  • Socks
  • Electronics

Pet Safe Home Wish List

  • Dog Beds (S,M,L)Cat Beds
  • Travel Crates for Dogs and Cats
  • Water/Food Dishes (S,M,L)
  • Dog Collars and Leashes (S,M,L)
  • Small and Medium Litter Boxes
  • Cat Scratching Pads (Kennel Size)
  • Cat and Dog ToysDonations for Learning Program Activities in the Pet Safe Home

Adopt-a-Family for the Holidays

An opportunity to show you care

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.

You may choose the size family you wish to adopt:

All families are adopted!  Check back soon or check out our holiday wish list for thoughts on donations.  THANKS!

The coordinator will mail or fax information on the family’s needs including gender, age, sizes, etc. to assist you with your purchases. They will also have listed items they would like for Christmas with a value not to exceed $85 per person. We will also have a Wish List with items needed to fill family needs for the women and children that come into the shelter right before Christmas and do not get adopted. That way we have extra gifts available that we can put together for these families or single women.

If we do not have the size family you would like then we can put you on a waiting list for when a certain size family does come in.  Please let Elaine know and she will take your info and contact you when your size family arrives. We strive to have everyone adopted so they have a wonderful Christmas at the shelter. Drop off for gifts is anytime before December 21st (unless arranged with Elaine for times after this date).

If you would like to join in the joy of gift-giving by adopting a family or single woman or purchasing gifts off the Wish List, please call the program coordinator, Elaine at 320-251-7203 x 226 or email elained@annamaries.org as soon as possible! 

*IMPORTANT NOTE:  We have started a waiting list of community members who want to adopt larger families or families with children.  If you wish to join the list contact Elaine at 320-251-7203 x226 or email elained@annamaries.org.  If you prefer not to be on a waiting list, please check out our Holiday Wish List!  Many thanks to our generous community.  

UPDATED: 11/15/16 with number of families/single that need adopting at the shelter.

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Anna Marie's Alliance

P.O. Box 367
Saint Cloud, MN 56302

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