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Day in the Life of an Advocate Day in the Life of an Advocate

Have you ever wondered what a day looks like for an Alexandra House shelter advocate? Or maybe you didn’t… until now! Advocates, whether they work in the shelter or in our Community Programs like our Legal, Youth Services, Healthcare, and Elder Abuse advocates; they are the backbon­e of intervention efforts to support intimate partner violence […]

The Role of an Advocate The Role of an Advocate

BY Vanessa E.., ALEXANDRA HOUSE Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) ADVOCATE   An advocate’s role isn’t hugs and coloring in adult coloring books like it gets joked about. We can do those things, yes, but we do so much more. An advocate’s role can be described as holding space around a person to allow them […]

Volunteer Profile: Terri Homan Volunteer Profile: Terri Homan

Time and again, our volunteers share their experiences with us through feedback and personal stories. While each of them has different stories, for us, it’s the love and dedication with which they join our programs with the hope that they can make a small difference in the lives of others, that stand out. Terri Homan […]

Responding to George Floyd’s Death and Advocating for Equity Responding to George Floyd’s Death and Advocating for Equity

Connie Moore. Executive Director of ALEXANDRA HOUSE Alexandra House is saddened and outraged, along with many other organizations and individuals, about the killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Dave McAtee, Dreasjon Reed and so many others who have suffered the violence and injustices of a society where racism and other oppressions are embedded […]

Donor Story: Mary Arneson Donor Story: Mary Arneson

Meet Mary, a native of Aberdeen South Dakota, who has been involved with Alexandra House in some capacity (volunteer advocate, board member, and donor) for nearly 15 years. Starting as a volunteer, she was eager to learn more about our programs and the different ways she could be of service. She considers her decision to […]

Abuse and Isolation a Greater Concern for Seniors During COVID-19 Abuse and Isolation a Greater Concern for Seniors During COVID-19

By Dawn R., Alexandra House Advocate June is the month dedicated to raising awareness around elder abuse. Each year, hundreds of thousands of adults over the age of 60 are abused, neglected, or financially exploited. Abuse can happen in many places, including the older person’s home, a family member’s house, an assisted living facility, or a nursing home. Abuse […]

Light the Path Light the Path

Alexandra House has served as an ally, a resource, and a refuge for survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and elder abuse for over 40 years. We provide individuals and families with a broad spectrum of vital services free of charge. Beyond safe harbor in a time of crisis, our shelter advocates work closely with […]

Alexandra House is starting virtual support groups to offer survivors of domestic, sexual, and relationship violence, as well as elder abuse, an opportunity to connect and share personal experiences and feelings, discuss coping strategies, and find comfort and support during the COVID-19 crisis and the recovery that follows. Virtual support groups will be available via […]

Passion in Action Passion in Action

Bri B., VOLUNTEER ADVOCATE I was introduced to Alexandra House through a good friend. She had been volunteering with Alexandra House for a few years and during that time she’d continue to tell me that she thought I’d be an amazing advocate. She planted the seed and after some time, I felt called to do […]