Anna Marie's Alliance

aka Anna Marie's Alliance   |   St Cloud, MN   |


To provide a safe place for victims of domestic abuse while working to to achieve systems change that reduces violence.

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Executive Director

Mr. Charles Hempeck

Main address

PO Box 367

St Cloud, MN 56302 USA

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Formerly known as

Woman House



NTEE code info

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Spouse Abuse, Prevention of (I71)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Alarming statistics indicate that, even as you read this short sentence, a woman has become the victim of assault. According to the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, every nine seconds, another woman in the U.S. is beaten. Every nine seconds. A sobering reality is that one in three women in the United States will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, most of these victims between the ages of 20 and 24, according to the nonprofit Safe Horizon. Violence against women may occur mostly behind closed doors—60 percent of domestic violence happens at home—but that doesn’t mean the problem is any less visible. It pours out into the streets—it is the third leading cause of homelessness among families—and into future generations. Girls who witness domestic violence and don’t receive help are more likely to enter an abusive relationship as a teen. And boys from families of domestic violence are far more likely to become abusers as teens and adults, if no one intervenes.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Anna Marie's Shelter & 24-Hour Hotline

• Anna Marie’s Shelter and Hot Line operate 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Advocates assist women and children in accessing services including: access to legal resources, filing restraining orders, safety planning, finding affordable housing, obtaining financial assistance, connecting to educational opportunities, and accessing physical and/or mental health care. In addition, the shelter offers support groups, workforce readiness, and financial literacy training. An onsite health clinic two days a week is staffed by a licensed public health nurse who provides health assessments for women and children, helps women connect to a provider, conducts well-child exams, and immunizes children.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

The School Program provides educational support groups and classroom presentations in area elementary, junior, and senior-high schools with a focus on providing early intervention to prevent or reduce violence in relationships and encourage healthy relationships.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Jill Eckhoff Transitional House offers a safe, secure, and supportive environment where women can begin to stabilize their lives. Women address budgeting, basic life skills, parenting and permanent housing options.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Criminal Justice Intervention Program offers victims support and assistance navigating the criminal justice system.
On-Scene provides an immediate response after law enforcement has secured the scene of a domestic violence situation.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Provide safety for women, children, and pets who have experienced domestic violence. Then help these families achieve self-sufficiency.
2. Provide prevention education to our community. The violence will not stop unless we prevent it from starting.

Current Services:
Anna Marie's Alliance maintains a victim-centered approach to all services. The following services are provided to the victims of domestic violence:
• Shelter: Provide emergency shelter for women and children. Includes locating other appropriate temporary housing options if full.
• Crisis Counseling and Intervention: Operation of a 24-hour hotline providing access and information regarding possible civil and/or criminal justice options or responses.
• Follow up: Follow-up with victim after initial services are provided.
• Personal Advocacy: Assist victims in securing services from other agencies and speaking on behalf of victims if requested or needed.
• Criminal Justice Support/Advocacy: Support, assistance, or advocacy provided to victims at any stage of the criminal justice process and advocating for victims' choices and rights.
• Legal Advocacy: Assistance in pursuing criminal and civil orders as well as ensuring the victims' statutory rights are upheld.
• Financial Assistance: Informing victims about and assist in applying for state crime victim reparations, emergency funds, and community financial resources.
• Group Support: Trained facilitators offer a variety of group support options that promote healthy interactions and ongoing healing.
• Information, Resources and Referral: Each advocate has a deep knowledge of the extensive list of community partners and resources that are provided as needed with residence.
• Safety Planning: Provided as needed in both one-on-one and group settings.
• Culturally Relevant Goal Planning: Advocates understand people's cultural backgrounds impact their needs and work to ensure their goals reflect their cultural background.
• Childcare: The shelter is a licensed daycare facility providing onsite daycare.
• On-site health clinic: Provide health screenings, referrals for treatment options, give immunizations to children, and assists in locating a primary health care provider for ongoing health needs.
• Therapy: Available onsite for women and children traumatized by witnessing or experiencing violence.
• Policy and Procedure Development: Advocate for better response to crime victims from the criminal justice system.

Anna Marie's Alliance focuses on three key areas of programming: crisis intervention, prevention, and systems change.
Organizational Goals
•70% of women and children residing at the shelter two weeks or more will receive a health assessment with an on-site nurse and be referred to service provider when appropriate.
•90% of women completing the shelter survey at departure will indicate they know more ways to plan for their safety.
•80% of children who reside at the shelter for two or more weeks will have a preliminary mental health assessment. Those showing a need for further assessment will be referred for a comprehensive assessment through CEVI.
•100% of staff will be trained in trauma-informed care.

The Central Minnesota Task Force on Battered Women, dba Anna Marie's Alliance, was incorporated in October 1978 with a mission to provide safe shelter for abused women and their children in the Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, Mille Lacs, and Wright Counties of Central Minnesota. In July 1979, the Task Force opened a small 3-bedroom home located in south St. Cloud. Within a year, it was determined that a larger space was needed and the organization moved to an 8-bedroom and subsequently, a 14-bedroom home. In 1998, the Task Force conducted a thorough study of the facility and found a lack of privacy for clients, crowded conditions, and the inability to expand indicated the need for a new 36-bed facility. The new shelter, renamed Anna Marie's Shelter, opened in January 2000. Since 1979, Anna Marie's Alliance has housed more than 16,692 women and children.

Anna Marie's Alliance operates out of three locations in St. Cloud; an administrative office, Anna Marie's Shelter, and The Jill Eckhoff Transitional House. Anna Marie's Alliance offers the only domestic violence programming in Central Minnesota. Current programs include the Children's Program, Children Exposed to Violence Initiative, Criminal Justice Intervention Program, the School Youth Program, Jill Eckhoff Transitional House, Community Outreach, Latino Outreach, African-born Outreach, LBGTQ Outreach, and the Pet Safe Home. Anna Marie's Alliance programs address domestic violence along a continuum from crisis intervention to prevention to advocacy.

Key findings from client surveys from the past year were:
• 88% responded the services received at the shelter were helpful
• 95.5% responded their health needs were met at the shelter
• 93% indicated they knew more about community resources due to services received
• 91% indicated that they knew more ways to plan for their safety
• 88% indicated they were more confident in their decision making
• 91% were more hopeful about the future
• 92% indicated they knew more about their rights and options
• 91% stated they can do more things on their own
• All respondents who had children indicated increased understanding of children's needs and parenting methods
• 71 children received a mental health assessment. Of those, 45 were referred for further assessment.


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Anna Marie's Alliance

Board of directors
as of 6/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Anthony Toepfer

Toepfer at Law, LLC

Term: 2018 - 2021

Lori Fuchs


Nicole Possehl


Strandemo Barb

Retired Health Nurse

Deland Tami


Harris Jennifer

Children's Pastor

Larson Jason

Police Officer

Lisa Marvin

Owner Property Company

Darlene Scherbing

Retired Engineer

Anthony Toepfer


Steve Vincent


Kathleen Bernick

Retired Accountant

Bethany Cross


Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/09/2021

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