Women’s Advocates is thrilled to announce that it has won the Gerry Rauenhorst
Building Community Award*, which includes a gift of $64,000! Our organization was nominated for this award along with seven other wonderful nonprofits across the nation working hard to build healthy and safe communities.
After a ten-day voting period and nearly 50,000 votes cast, Women’s Advocates came in first place with the most votes to win this award! Women’s Advocates would like to extend its sincere appreciation to each and every person who took the time to vote and ask others to vote! Advocates for women’s safety came out in full force through their votes, and because of this, awareness of domestic violence is reaching people across the country.
This award will support our mission to end domestic violence, and comes at a time when our community needs this support now more than ever. On behalf of survivors of domestic violence in our community, Women’s Advocates would like to thank its staff, volunteers, supporters, friends, friends of friends, and local community partners for making this happen!
About Women’s Advocates
Women’s Advocates was the first domestic violence shelter in the nation. Women’s Advocates has been on the frontlines of helping abuse victims escape domestic violence for over 40 years and has been a refuge for more than 40,000 women and children. Located in Saint Paul, Women’s Advocates provides shelter to nearly 50 women and children daily and connects thousands of callers to crisis intervention and safety referrals annually. Community education connects thousands of students, professionals and community members with awareness about domestic violence and prevention strategies. Learn more at
*The third annual Gerry Rauenhorst Building Community Award is sponsored by the Opus Foundation® and The Opus Group®. This award honors the legacy of Gerry Rauenhorst, the founder of earlier Opus companies. Today, The Opus Group is headquartered in Minneapolis with offices and projects across the country. Learn more at www.opus-group.com/BCA.