Women's Advocates Named 3rd Annual Building Community Award Winner


​After more than 48,000 votes were cast, we’re proud to name Women's Advocates the third annual Building Community Award Winner.

Based in St. Paul, Minn., Women’s Advocates has the nation’s first shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence. For more than 43 years, women and children have found a safe place at Women's Advocates.

Using personal and professional experience in their service, Women’s Advocates staff have provided around-the-clock shelter and advocacy support to more than 40,000 individuals. Women leave the shelter with resources, safety plans and continuing support, so they may continue their journey towards safety and stability. Additionally, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, Women’s Advocates provides domestic violence and prevention education through presentations, resource materials, tours and online engagement to thousands each year.

In partnership with the Opus Foundation®, we launched this award in 2015 to honor our founder’s legacy of giving back while commemorating our rich history that began 64 years ago.

Representing our offices, the eight Award finalists exemplify our founder’s values and the spirit of this award. Recognizing the important contributions of all the organizations, each of the remaining seven finalists will receive a $1,000 grant.

Thank you to our eight impactful finalists and to everyone who voted and spread the word about this Award!

In partnership with the Opus Foundation, in 2015 we launched the Gerry Rauenhorst Building Community Award to honor our founder's legacy of giving and celebrate our history. Learn about the recent award.