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Crime Victim Services Agencies Recognized for Dedicated Support of the Safe at Home Program, Helping Participants
Nearly 3,400 Minnesotans Have Used Address Confidentiality Program to Ensure Safety
Posted Date: 7/25/2014

Contact: Nathan Bowie, (651) 297-8919, nathan.bowie@state.mn.us

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — Secretary of State Mark Ritchie today recognized nine victim services agencies for providing outstanding service in Minnesota’s Safe at Home program. More than 18 representatives from the agencies were honored for their work in promoting the program and helping people enroll as participants.

Safe at Home, launched in 2007, is a statewide address confidentiality program that provides a substitute address and mail-forwarding service for victims of stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence, and others who fear for their safety. The program enables participants to go about their daily lives without the risk of the persons they fear discovering their actual address. Nearly 3,400 people have enrolled in Safe at Home since its inception in the state.

Honored Agencies
The following agencies were honored for meeting the safety needs to victims; their dependability as a Safe at Home enrollment facilitator in their community; and providing effective communications with the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State:

  • Alexandra House, Blaine
  • Cornerstone, Bloomington
  • Lakes Crisis and Resource Center, Detroit Lakes
  • Rivers of Hope, Monticello
  • St. Paul Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, St. Paul
  • Sojourner Project, Hopkins
  • Women’s Center of Mid-Minnesota, Brainerd
  • Women’s Shelter, Inc., Rochester
  • 360 Communities, Eagan/Hastings.

“We treasure the partnerships we have with these agencies and their personnel, who are true heroes in making the Safe at Home program so beneficial for participants,” says Ritchie. “These groups provide a gateway to Safe at Home which can help participants gain a sense of safety and security.”

Community-based organizations partner with Safe at Home to provide safety planning and facilitate enrollment in the program in almost every county in Minnesota. There are more than 200 trained application assistants statewide.

To learn about partnering with Safe at Home, or for enrollment information, visit secretary of state’s website, or call (651) 201-1399, 1-866-723-3035 (toll-free), or 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay Services).

About the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
The Secretary of State is the chief election official in Minnesota and is responsible for the administration of the state’s election law. In this capacity, the office operates the Statewide Voter Registration System and prepares the official roster of voters for every election. The office also accepts filings by candidates, trains local election officials, and conducts voter education and outreach programs.

The Secretary of State is the keeper of the Great Seal of Minnesota and has the role of certifying the authenticity of a wide variety of official documents, including proclamations and executive orders.

A main function of the office is the review, approval and filing of articles of incorporation and amendments for all businesses and nonprofit organizations conducting business in Minnesota. The Secretary of State also processes all notary public applications; serves as the state’s central filing system for lien information related to the Uniform Commercial Code; and administers Safe at Home, an address confidentiality program designed to assist Minnesotans who fear for their safety.


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