Women's Shelter, Inc.

Please join us in helping to end domestic violence in SE Minnesota and give today!

Help us meet our first ever, $10,000 matching gift!  

The Women's Shelter is seeking to raise a total of $20,000 to create an Emergency Resources Fund for women experiencing domestic violence.  We have received an amazingly generous gift of $10,000 from an anonymous donor to launch this fund and challenge our community to join together and raise an additional $10,000.  Monies from the fund will be used to help victims take full advantage of available services and overcome financial obstacles that might prevent them from achieving their goals.  For example, funds may be used to pay for:
  • The first month’s rent and damage deposit so a victim can rent her own apartment.
  • A hotel room to provide emergency shelter until a room opens at the Women’s Shelter.
  • A bus ticket or airfare that allows a victim to get back to her family or support system.
  • Emergency child care so a victim can keep a court appointment, get to work and/or attend support group.
Your support today will help ensure we meet this challenge and provide critical, targeted support for women seeking to live lives free from domestic violence.  Please give now and give generously!  

Who We Are...
The Women’s Shelter, organized in 1976, began as a critically important place of temporary shelter for women and their children experiencing domestic violence.  Today, temporary shelter remains a core, essential element of the organization’s mission and its services have expanded to provide domestic violence victims with a wider range of choices regarding their personal journey to safety and fulfillment.  In addition to safe shelter, we currently offer:
  • A 24-hour mobile advocacy program and crisis line
  • Alternative housing to reduce barriers to violence free living (transitional housing for homeless women and children)
  • Legal and general advocacy
  • Support groups for women all along their journey 
  • Programming for children to help heal wounds and prevent future violence
  • Multi-cultural staff and services as well as special services to immigrant and refugee battered women and their children
  • Education programming to educate the public about difficulties facing victims
Our vision is to end domestic violence in SE Minnesota and until that day, we are striving to support and assist women how and where they need us most.  And, we are making a difference...every day...one woman at a time.

"I don't know how I would have done this without you - no one else understands (about abuse) - they just say leave."  Taylor R.

"Things are definitely moving forward...thanks for always checking in with me.  I always feel better after I talk to you.  Katie G. 

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