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Breaking the Silence on Teen Dating Violence Breaking the Silence on Teen Dating Violence

In April 2017, Alexandra House partnered with the Rachel Circle at Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka bringing Breaking the Silence on Teen Dating Violence to teens and parents. This event gave families a place to start conversations about healthy relationships. Rachel Circle chairperson, Terri Refshaw, talked about the goals of the event saying, “we really […]


Alexandra House Notified of Funding Elimination Alexandra House Notified of Funding Elimination

Alexandra House is 1 of 16 Domestic Violence Agencies Notified of Funding Elimination by Greater Twin Cities United Way Blaine, MN, 5/17/17– Since 1977, Alexandra House has provided support, comfort, shelter, and hope to families – and created safer communities for all. Alexandra House fulfills a critical role in our communities by helping reduce violent […]


"This Place Makes Me Feel Humble" "This Place Makes Me Feel Humble"

Mamta Saraf has been a volunteer at Alexandra House for nearly a decade and in that time she has learned a lot. Volunteering at Alexandra House has given her a glimpse into the struggles of her neighbors and other community members. To her, working with clients who are persevering and gaining strength despite the traumas […]


Healing, Helping, and Hope for the Future Healing, Helping, and Hope for the Future

Seven years ago, Emily and her family received shocking news – her aunt’s body had been found in the woods near her home. As they received more information from the investigation they discovered that her death wasn’t accidental. She was murdered by her boyfriend of ten years and had endured domestic violence in silence for […]


Claudette's Story: Victim to Victor Claudette's Story: Victim to Victor

Claudette’s story is like so many others – even yours perhaps. She fell in love, got married, had children, purchased a home – by all appearances she had a happy family. But, as in all relationships, there was so much that the outside world could not see. “It’s the things that happen inside the walls […]


Feeding an Appetite for Volunteering Feeding an Appetite for Volunteering

Each month, Jeff Bieniek spends about ten hours at Alexandra House sharing his passion for cooking and love of feeding the body and spirit with shelter residents. As a professional chef and kitchen manager, Jeff is busy day in and day out, feeding the employees of BAE Systems in the corporate cafeteria where he hopes […]


Growing older can be a time of profound enjoyment and reflection, looking back on the years and how they were spent.  But they can also be fraught with violence that goes unspoken, unnoticed and largely unreported. Consider Mark, a 65-year-old who has been financially supporting his son and his two grandchildren on a fixed income. […]