Anna Marie's Alliance

Rating: 4.73 stars   11 reviews

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Location: 44 - 28th Ave N Suite E St. Cloud MN 56303 USA

Mission: To provide a safe place for victims of domestic abuse and to achieve systems change that reduces violence.
Geographic areas served: Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, Wright, Mille Lacs, Isanti, Chisago, Pine, and Kanabec counties

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I volunteer at Anna Marie's only a couple hours a week as a child mentor. I am currently working on my Masters of Divinity at a seminary close to Anna Marie's. I have found the atmosphere for the kids staying there to be open and safe and fun. It normalizes their days so they can move toward healing and empowerment. They have creative activities that challenge and nurture the kids, the staff I have worked with have been amazing. I feel heard by them and appreciated every time I am there. I have quite a bit of child psyche in my background and I find that the staff is psychologically savvy , which can allow for even more healing and health to be present in their work. Anna Marie's has been a true gift for me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I feel that the learning and growing that happens at Anna Marie's is not only for the woman and children that come there for a safe refuge, but for the staff and volunteers as well.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Anna Marie's Alliance is a remarkable organization. The services they provide for women in abusive relationships help these women and often their children on so many levels. They not only provice them with a safe haven, but also help them to get back on their feet and continue to help them after leave. I have known people that have needed to go to Anna Marie's and they spoke very highly of their experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I know of people that have used their services to get out of abusive relationships. They were welcomed with open arms and allowed a place to go where they felt safe.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the feeling I get from donating.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very kind and positive to be around.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand and offer even more programs for women and their families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

It is so powerful to help women have a safe, happy holiday season after all they've been through. It makes us appreciate what we have even more. Providing gifts to women at Anna Marie's is one of the best things we do each year and we look forward to it!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've watched women move from abusive situations to safe homes and powerful positions. It's impressive.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

It is great to go visit the women after they leave the shelter and help them any way possible. This is a great thing for those women that still need a little bit of confidence once they leave the shelter. Just them having someone to talk to and have confidence says a lot. Tell your story here and help others understand this charity

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By being a volunteer it is great seeing the women accomplish so much in the six months I get to meet with them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have a little extra space for women so they don't have to be turned away.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I am available to the women that need a little extra support after leaving the shelter.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very kind and willing to help how ever possible.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand so their is more room available and also have more workers on hand with money to be able to pay them a decent wage.

Ways to make it better...

I could help more women. I will do my best to continue but a person can't make another leave abuse.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

budget and enough room to help women that need it.

One thing I'd also say is that...

it is a great place for women to get on there feet and they should do what they can while there and once leave continue in the different groups.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My journey begins with a hope; a hope that all women who want to move forward in their life will have the opportunity to find and utilize tools that will assist them acheive their goals. Anna Marie's Alliance not only provides these opportunies to their clients, but they are constantly reinvesting in the volunteers as well. Volunteering is a funny thing in the more you give the more you get. Anna Marie's Alliance is an amazing organization that changes and saves lives. I am proud to be a small part of the change in women's lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have witnessed miracles. Women who couldn't even make a decision now have reclaimed their lives and are empowering others. Amazing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Anna Marie's is a safe house for battered women and their children, but it is so much more. It is a place that gives these women time to come to grips with where their lives are going and how they are going to deal with it. The staff assists the clients with finding housing, getting supplies to set up housekeeping (many come with the clothes on their backs), looking for employment, and giving them support with group or one on one counciling right there at the facility. Many of the staff accompany the clients to get an order for protection & in some cases going to court for the abuse they have suffered at the hands of their spouse or significant other. Sometimes that abuser can be another family member and coping with that can be debilitating. They also offer after care (after they leave Anna Marie's) just for some guidance and help in getting signed up for programs that will help them to be independent. In all cases the staff is very caring, knowledgable, and helpful in getting these women started over in their life. It is a great place and a wonderful organization.l

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As an After Care Advocate.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Caring staff and watching my client grow.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Offer more housing and more extended stays.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

My civic participation within this organization has become one of the high points in my life. From the first day, the staff welcomed me with open arms and empowered me to help make a difference in the lives of their consumers. I am always greeted with a smile- much like the consumers. I have learned different faucets og the organization and even interviewed for a position-but due to budget constraints wasn't able to make the move. These women are actuating, and being the change that they want to see in the world! I'm proud to be affiliated!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...faces of the children served. They are able to experience a bit of normalcy in the storm of life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

This charity is such an empowering one I can't put into words the sense of empowerment I feel every time I walk in their doors. They have so many knowledgeable and helpful people working and volunteering for them it is unreal. They gave me the opportunity to come in and perform massages for the clients which is not only needed by the clients but also by the staff. I am thankful for what I see them doing to better and prepare the women for life outside of an abusive and controlling atmosphere.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my role as a massage therapist.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the women and children grow from the time they first arrive to when they are finally ready to move on.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and empowering

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide services for more women and children as they are often filled to capacity and with more money they would be able to reach out to even more women and children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

As a computer tutor, my experience with the women is limited to our time in the lab. I really enjoy working with the women, though I often feel I can't help them enough. This is not a function of the shelter, but of the amount of time and energy I am able to devote to it. Some day I hope to be able to do more, because I really like the organization, and the women who I have helped. Anna Marie's provides such a critical service in our community, and they do it with respect for all the families who stay there. Computer skills are not necessarily one of the highest priorities for women at the shelter, so often they are really in need of basic needs. But I think Anna Marie's does their best to provide more than just the basics – in hopes of helping the women transition to a better place when they leave.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

gaining a greater understanding of their services and how I can help them. I never would have thought to volunteer as a computer mentor, as I am no expert. But they sort of found me, and I feel I'm helping the women with very practical information.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I work at St. Cloud State University's Women's Center. Anna Marie's provides great resources for our students who are dealing with domestic violence. They are always available for consultation when I am working with a student and have been willing to come up with creative solutions to assist our students. Anna Marie's has been a wonderful partner in our community and made a difference in the lives of students.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working together to improve services to victims of stalking.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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