Skip to main content

Winners! MN group behind America's first domestic violence shelter gets prize

Women's Advocates gets $64,000 from the Opus Foundation for winning the online vote

The $64,000 question was which good cause would win enough votes to collect the cash prize being offered by the Opus Foundation. And the answer, we learned Wednesday, is Women's Advocates – the St. Paul nonprofit that opened the country's first shelter for domestic violence victims 43 years ago.

Women's Advocates says nearly 50,000 votes were cast over 10 days for the eight finalists in the foundation's online competition.

The group thanked the supporters who carried them to the Gerry Rauenhorst Building Community Award and the $64,000 that come with it. Women's Advocates serves about 50 women and children at a time at its St. Paul shelter and provides education and resources about domestic violence and its prevention.

It was 64 years ago (which explains the $64,000 prize) when Rauenhorst founded The Opus Group, a Minneapolis-based real estate developer. The company now has offices in eight metro areas around the country and picked a nonprofit from each to be in the finals for the foundation's award.

How the money helps

Before the voting ended last week, a staff member tweeted about what $64,000 could do for Women's Advocates.

Women's Advocates is in the middle of a three-year plan to add to their programming and develop scattered-site transitional housing.

They have hundreds of volunteers who help provide education about domestic violence, including a range of presentations for groups.

Their 24-hour telephone crisis line for victims/survivors of domestic violence is 651-227-8284. Women's Advocates offers more information and resources here.

Next Up

Semi into house near Sturgis, South Dakota

Semi drives into house near Sturgis, South Dakota

The force from the semi was so strong that the foundation of the house was moved.

ambulance

18-year-old from Zumbrota dies in Goodhue County crash

The crash happened in rural Goodhue County around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.

thomas beach, bde maka ska - lake calhoun

3 Minneapolis beaches closed due to E. coli contamination

No illnesses have been reported, according to the MPRB.

Hockeyland1

'Hockeyland' documentary debuting in Minnesota movie theaters

The documentary has received great reviews at numerous film festivals.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Former Minnesota Olympic runner accused of driving drunk in Eden Prairie crash

Police said the man's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit.

ATV

Man, 79, killed in ATV rollover near Faribault

The man was declared dead at the scene.

minneapolis police

Woman fighting for her life after shooting in Minneapolis

The woman was shot only about a half-hour after a 14-year-old suffered critical injuries in an apparent accidental discharge.

prior lake high school

Two students face discipline over racist messages at Prior Lake High School

Families and students were largely uncooperative with the investigation.

Sharon and Herb Vasser

Cause of Hopkins house explosion that killed couple revealed

Sharon and Herb Vassar were killed in the explosion. Herb built the home back in 1962.

Arrows on target

Charges: Minnesota camp counselor fired arrows at kids, injuring boy

An 8-year-old boy was shot in the arm with an arrow.

North Shore Mayor Chris Swanson.

Two Harbors votes overwhelmingly to recall Mayor Chris Swanson

The mayor had been scrutinized for several things leading up to the vote Tuesday.

Screen Shot 2022-08-10 at 8.43.50 AM

Suspected gunman at large after homicide near Albert Lea

The 32-year-old suspect was last seen in a 2004 white Ford F-150 with Minnesota license number EUZ-057.

Related

Winners! MN group behind America's first domestic violence shelter gets prize

Women's Advocates gets $64,000 from the Opus Foundation for winning the online vote

Your vote can help a groundbreaking MN domestic violence shelter

The group that opened America's first shelter for battered women is a finalist for a big cash prize.

As drought and famine get worse in Africa, a MN group tries to help

Drought in the Horn of Africa means livestock are dying and crops aren't growing.

Play this March bracket and help charities be winners

It's competitive way to give to local nonprofits.

Play this March bracket and help charities be winners

It's competitive way to give to local nonprofits.

A Fargo boy used his Xbox savings to pay for a village's well (guess what he just got)

After the 9-year-old changed his mind about how to spend the money he'd been saving, he was rewarded with a gift