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Alternatives Incorporated (formerly Women's Alternatives, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) social service organization located in Anderson, Indiana.  The agency was founded in 1978 by seven dedicated women who shared a common vision of peace in every home.  Alternatives is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.  We are one of twenty-nine domestic violence shelters serving Indiana's ninety-two counties.  The "heart" of the agency is an emergency shelter domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their children.  In addition to shelter, we offer transitional housing; 24-hour crisis support; case management; sexual assault intervention and treatment; prevention education and programming; professional training; and public education. Our agency's primary service area is the counties of Hamilton, Hancock, Henry, Madison, Marion, and Tipton in East-Central Indiana.  Our agency is funded primarily from federal and state grant sources, with support from the United Way and private contributions.

Diversity Statement.  Alternatives Incorporated believes that diversity is the mix of differences and similarities at all levels of the organization. We draw great strength from our differences and build on our similarities to:

  • Fulfill our mission of eradicating family violence.
  • Create a positive environment based on fairness and equality.
  • Promote policies, programs, and procedures that place high value on diversity and individual dignity.
  • Establish and maintain a diverse Board of Trustees and workforce that reflect the community and individuals we serve.
  • Work diligently to remove barriers that hinder our progress.
  • Provide leadership that empowers all people to reach their full potential.
  • Ensure that our individual actions support the spirit of this policy.


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