Alexandra House was established in 1977, when a group of concerned citizens formed the Anoka County Task Force for Battered Women. Within a year the Task Force established a 24-hour crisis line providing support, information and referrals to battered women.
Alexandra House opened its first emergency shelter doors in 1980. First located in Fridley, the original shelter housed 12 women and children.
Alexandra House shelter moved to a new location in Blaine capable of housing 17 women and children
Alexandra House began to provide legal advocacy services to victims of domestic violence
Began Violence Prevention Services within schools. The service area is now called Youth Services
In 1994, having outgrown the second shelter, the organization built its current facility in Blaine, and can house up to 35 women and children at a time.
Though Alexandra House began providing legal advocacy services in the mid-1980’s, we opened a second satellite office in the city of Anoka in 1999 to better provide services within the court setting.
Also in 1999, Alexandra House was a major partner in creating the Day One Services project, a collaborative effort of domestic violence shelters throughout Minnesota. If a domestic violence shelter in Minnesota has reached capacity, Day One Services finds shelter for battered women and children with just one call.
In 2006, Alexandra House, in partnership with Anoka County, created the Follow Up Program. Here, we help clients after they leave shelter or move past their immediate crisis, to live a life free from violence by providing preventative services to families referred by child protection whose children may be at risk for future violence. We also now offer in-home Follow Up Services to clients transitioning from shelter, to permanent housing.
In 2007, we expanded the Follow Up program with the assistance of the Family Homeless Prevention Assistance Program (FHPAP) grant. With these funds we were able to provide financial assistance to the families and individuals we served by providing rental security deposits, first month’s rent, and payments on utility bills.
In 2009, and again in 2012, Alexandra House expanded our Follow Up Program to include short-term rental subsidies to assist victims/survivors secure safe, affordable housing to ensure families remain violence free. With the help of these local and federal grants, Alexandra House was able to help more clients secure permanent housing, and provide ongoing case management and support services.
Alexandra House expanded its mission to include serving victims of sexual violence
In September 2010, Alexandra House partnered on the Lethality Assessment Project in efforts to reduce the number of domestic homicides in Anoka County and improve the response to domestic violence in Anoka County. Alexandra House, the Anoka County Attorney’s Office, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, Corrections, and Columbia Heights Police Department began implementing an assessment tool used by officers to get high-risk victims of domestic violence connected to advocacy services immediately following an assault. Further, this project allows for Corrections to provide increased pre-trial monitoring of offenders, as well as increased communication and information about the perpetrator to the judges. This project has since been expanded to include all Anoka County Law enforcement agencies.
In 2012, Alexandra House created the Therapy & Support Services Program, which enhanced and expanded existing support group offerings and added therapy services for clients.
Received the “Abuse in Later Life” Federal grant from the Office of Violence Against Women to work with community partners to create a community coordinated response to abuse in later life including financial exploitation of older adults.