October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and kicking it off September 29 was HopeFest.
The annual walk, formerly known as the Walk for Hope, supports Alexandra House and the many services it provides to victims of sexual and domestic violence. Its Executive Director says the problem has gotten worse, not better.
“What we’ve seen in the last five years I would say and it seems to be picking up is the number of Anoka County families that are using our emergency shelter,” said Connie Moore.
Moore says the 35-bed facility was 99.9% full last year and is on track to meet that number again.
Pledges raised by participants of the 5k fun run and 2 mile walk support the shelter and many of the services it offers, but Moore says the main goal of Hope Fest is to get the community involved.
“It’s really a time for the community to come together and talk about these issues, be with their family, be with their friends, learn,” Moore said.
Alexandra House is the only shelter for domestic violence and sexual violence victims in Anoka County.