Women’s Advocates aims to create a path to self-sufficiency for women leaving abusive relationships. Economic self-sufficiency is frequently the determinant between violence and safety. We work to ensure women have as many resources as possible by helping women to set and work toward goals for economic and housing stability.
Advocacy for Families
Each woman will work alongside a Family Advocate to develop and achieve goals during her stay. These advocacy goal areas include legal, public assistance, housing, and employment.
One of the biggest challenges a woman faces at the shelter is finding safe and affordable housing for her family. Advocates work with each resident to apply for and obtain suitable and affordable housing.
Advocates connect women with obtaining with job training and placement programs.
An advocate will assist women with filing assault charges or an order for protection, as well as work with child protection or court services if needed. An on-site partnership with the Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center provides women access to legal guidance from volunteer attorneys. The advocates also provide referrals to attorneys and accompany women to their court appointments, court hearings, and police interviews.
Women’s Advocates assists qualified residents with applying for public assistance such as Minnesota Family Investment Program, Medical Assistance, General Assistance, Food Stamps, and Child Care Assistance.
Women's Support Groups
Weekly support groups are available to all residents, including:
Group topics include historical, generational and complex trauma, the impact of trauma on children and the healing from trauma.
Health and Wellness
Experts from partnering organizations (such as HealthCare for the Homeless) focus in issues including physical health, chemical health, recovery and overall wellness.
Experts from partnering organizations (such as the Family Tree Clinic) discuss sexual health, reproductive health, education on STDs/STIs, family planning, and resources for those who have been sexually assaulted.
For women in shelter who are not parents, this group focuses on “self”, exploring ways to create serenity in our daily lives. Topics include meditation, affirmation, guided imagery and effective breathing.
Group topics include effective parenting skills, child development, and rewards and consequences. All parenting topics discussed through the lens of historical, complex and generational trauma.
Living Room Conversation
This informal group discussion covers topics such as healthy relationships, fostering support of women for women, managing emotions and anger management, and other topics unique to women in our society
Mental Health Therapy
Women and children escaping domestic violence benefit greatly through support of their mental health needs, including therapy and counseling.
A full-time on-site Mental Health Therapist (credentialed as a Licensed Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist) provides individual counseling for women and children. Available during business hours, this counselor offers an approachable, calming and daily presence for women who are healing as they stay at the shelter.
Individual counseling offers needed support and provides referrals for continued care once the resident leaves the shelter.