Housing, Shelter

WOMENS ADVOCATES INC

Breaking the cycle of domestic violence

St Paul, MN   |  www.wadvocates.org

Mission

The mission of Women's Advocates is to eliminate violence in the lives of women, children and families.

Ruling year info

1973

Executive Director

Estelle Brouwer

Main address

PO Box 4039

St Paul, MN 55104 USA

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EIN

23-7310701

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Crime Prevention N.E.C. (I20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Domestic violence is defined as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.” It is a public safety and public health issue that involves physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional or psychological abuse. It also is “a pervasive, life-threatening crime that affects millions of individuals across the United States regardless of age, economic status, race, religion or education.” One in three women in the U.S. is a victim of physical assault, rape or stalking by age 40 , and the domestic and sexual violence victims in Minnesota alone could fill Target Field 17 times . Last year over 23,000 women in Minnesota reached the point of needing to escape and contacted the Day One Crisis Line, of which Women’s Advocates is a call center .

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Women's Program

Women’s Programming is rooted in individualized family advocacy, which begins with a safety plan and caring for one’s most urgent needs. Each resident’s perspective, history, and unique situation serve as the basis for work with their family advocate as they address immediate and long-term needs. While at the shelter, women participate in the following services: Legal protection assistance, public assistance navigation, daily women’s support & educational groups, mental health counseling, housing assistance, and aftercare services.

Population(s) Served
Females
Victims and oppressed people
Budget
$684,584

Children’s Program staff work in synchrony with Women’s Program team members to ensure both the mother and children have the tools to be safe and well, now and in the future. Every child over four creates a personal safety plan and participates in fun and enriching support groups, including art and animal therapy. Children have access to drop-in childcare at the shelter, a children's mental health therapist, safety planning, and are supported in school enrollment and homework tutoring.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Parents
Budget
$244,819

A full-time Aftercare Advocate works with families for one to two years after leaving our shelter to identify and help mitigate risks to their safety and independence. We strive to support a woman from the moment she leaves her abuser through to a stable, safe, sustainable living environment. Annually, 25 employed, yet low-income families avoid the risks of homelessness and recurrent abuse as we nurture positive relationships with landlords, provide resources and coach on tenants’ rights, and ensure access to housing stability stipends when needed. Sustaining this program is a high priority for us because we know that for every woman who leaves our shelter with the promise of continued support in Aftercare, a bed is freed up for another woman seeking emergency shelter.

Population(s) Served
Females
Families
Budget
$139,941

Women’s Advocates proactively offers violence prevention education and safety resources to students, professionals, and others. Our Education and Outreach Coordinator helps people to recognize the signs of domestic abuse and develop the skills to help someone who shows signs of being in an abusive relationship. We directly educate over 6,000 people a year via trainings and facilitated discussion and connect with over 20,000 people annually via our website. Because of our ongoing education and outreach efforts, there is a heightened awareness of healthy relationships and the need for informed crisis interventions in various community settings.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Students
Budget
$59,358

Three connected homes are what make Women’s Advocates’ emergency shelter. One of these three homes was the very first shelter in the nation dedicated to women and children escaping domestic violence. Our shelter today has 15 bedrooms and typically provides shelter to 17 women and up to 33 children nightly. Residents receive three meals daily and have access to laundry facilities, a computer center, a welcoming common living room and dining room, and a secure children’s play area.

Population(s) Served
Females
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Budget
$666,194

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Women’s Advocates opens doors to safe, healthy and peaceful lives. Sadly, almost everyone likely knows someone who has survived domestic abuse. To maintain our focus in the most effective way, we remain dedicated to connecting survivors to safety. We accomplish this through prevention, crisis intervention, and sustained safety after shelter. Our outreach and education program connects thousands of community members to resources that help victims of domestic violence find safety and prevent others from being victimized. Our crisis intervention work helps thousands of callers and hundreds of residents obtain safe refuge from dangerous relationships. Our efforts to sustain safety after shelter connect dozens of households to resources that hold oppressive and controlling people and institutions at bay and support peaceful lives. Women’s Advocates is a crucial safety resource for women facing multiple crises and immediate, pressing needs. With the consistent, 24/7 availability of our advocates to survivors who call us and shelter with us, we can increase the safety and wellbeing of women and children as they plan for and work toward safer futures. Our community is a safer place because of Women’s Advocates.

Domestic violence is a public health issue. To break the cycle of domestic violence, we treat it as such by creating a continuum of care comprising violence prevention, abuse intervention, emergency shelter for victims escaping violence, and sustained safety for violence survivors as they start their new, safer, more independent journeys. Our organizational objectives are: o Prevention: Through our efforts, over 6,000 students, professionals, and community members this year will learn how to spot domestic violence and connect victims to safety resources. o Crisis Intervention and Shelter: This year, approximately 150 adult victims of domestic violence will have to take refuge and receive healing support at our shelter, along with their 150 to 300 children. It is expected that our 24/7 crisis line will connect 3,000 callers to safety. o Sustained Safety: This year 20 families who have left our shelter will remain safe and stably housed as they heal and build independent futures in our Aftercare Program.

Women's Advocates has a caring, experienced team of 30 staff members who support our 24/7 shelter and crisis line as we meet the emergency needs of women and children escaping domestic violence. With the additional support of over 300 volunteers annually, our work continues to help families heal as well as connect more people to safety in the community. Women's Advocates is governed by a Board of Directors, who represent the public safety, legal, corporate, and nonprofit sectors, and whose expertise, connections and resources we plan to more fully deploy to advance our mission as part of our Strategic Plan.

PREVENTION: The success of our prevention efforts is measured by students’ increase in knowledge of healthy relationships and professionals’ knowledge of pathways to safety in the community. CRISIS INTERVENTION: The success of our emergency shelter’s work, which houses the Women’s Program, Crisis Line, and Sheila Wellstone Children’s Program, is defined by the following criteria: PHONE-BASED CRISIS INTERVENTION: 100% of the 3,000 crisis line callers will have access to information about community resources they might need in the future and will have access to supportive services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 90 DAYS OF SAFETY AND SUPPORT: 100% of the 150 women we shelter per year (along with their children) will be safe from their abuser when at our shelter. 90% of those women will have access to accurate information about support services they may need in the community (an expected 10% of women leave before we can share these resources), and residents who are with us for more than a few days create safety plans during their stay. ADVOCACY: 80% of the 150 women who shelter with us will have increased knowledge on the range of their legal options, and protection order applications will be complete for any women seeking protection from their abuser (this number is difficult to estimate as some women obtain their order for protection prior to arriving at the shelter). 100% of the 150 women will have increased knowledge about employment, transportation, housing and childcare options that they may need in the future. SUPPORT: 90% of the 150 women who shelter with us will have increased knowledge about common responses to experiencing domestic violence and trauma. Their enhanced coping strategies will help them navigate the healing process more effectively. SUSTAINED SAFETY: Success in our Aftercare Program is achieved when 80% of all participating families remain stably housed. This often takes place through increasing income or by accessing mainstream benefits. Lastly, we strive to ensure that 100% of participating families increase their positive social and behavioral outcomes by developing positive relationships and increasing social support, as well as by making progress on self-defined goals.

Last fiscal year, the following statistics were collected on our program accomplishments: 113 crisis interventions took place for the women staying at our shelter 2,370 hours of individual support were provided to residents by family advocates Self Sufficiency Matrix data has shown an increase in scores (from 1 to 5): 52% increase in housing score, 26% increase in income score, 31% increase in employment score 23% increase in mobility (transport) score, 35% increase in community involvement score Sheila Wellstone Children’s Program impact 128 children participated in children’s activities and educational programming at the shelter An average of 18 hours of child care for each participating child 2,448 hours of advocacy, activities, school enrollment, and assessments Crisis Line impact 3,010 callers to crisis line 1,797 received crisis interventions and shelter referrals Education and engagement impact 282 domestic violence prevention and dating violence prevention educational presentations 7,272 students and professionals educated 555 other individuals received information about Women's Advocates tours, events, etc. 63,229 unique website visitors used safety resources from the website 406 volunteers last year, providing over 2,333 hours of service. $11,000 in gift cards was collected for residents’ holiday gifts and move-out kits Aftercare impact 128 women and children in Aftercare across 44 households participated in Aftercare Most households have maintained stable housing for 6 or more months 86% of households increased income through benefits 39% of households increased income through employment 82% of households developed positive relationships that increased their social support

Financials

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WOMENS ADVOCATES INC

Board of directors
as of 1/7/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Steiner Manning

Minnesota Private College Council

Term: 2013 - 2019

John Manning

Minnesota Private College Council

Kathryn Hammond

Business Consultant

Elizabeth Boyd

Friends of the Saint Paul Library

David McCabe

St. Paul Police Department

Matt Fisher

SPC Companies

Dr. Tanya Gladney

University of St. Thomas

Dennis Gerhardstein

Ramsey County Attorney's Office

Erica Lister

Healthcare Consultant

Kevin McGuigan

3M

Maria Mitchell

Ramsey County Attorney's Office

Kathy Moriarty

Neighborhood Development Center

Kate Rykhus

CoCreated Consulting

Somah Yarney

Ramsey County Attorney's Office

Keywords

Domestic Violence Shelter