The Community Program provides advocacy and support services to Anoka County women, children and families who are experiencing violence in their lives, but who may not necessarily need emergency shelter. Advocates work in the civil and criminal courts, health care and educational/school settings.
In addition to direct service provided to individuals experiencing violence in their lives, Alexandra House Community Program includes a Violence Prevention Program.
Through this program, an advocate works directly with the schools in the Anoka-Hennepin and Spring Lake Park School Districts to provide violence prevention presentations to classrooms from kindergarten through high school. Presentations are offered on a variety of topics, including:
Respecting each other
Additionally, the Violence Prevention Advocate works directly with middle and high school students who have experienced violence in their homes, among peers or in dating relationships, providing individual and group support, crisis intervention, safety planning and referrals.
Choose Respect Project
Alexandra House has recently piloted the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) project "Choose Respect." Through teaching middle school-aged youth to respect themselves and others, future violence and risky behaviors can be prevented.