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History of the Advocates of Ozaukee

We've done so much more than our brief history below. Coming soon is a more comprehensive history - a more deserving and full view of the impact, changes, and evolution of the Advocates of Ozaukee.

1980

Founded by Barb Schaenzer and Elaine Wadle of Mequon.


1981

Incorporated as a non-profit under Section 501(c)(3)

Named "Advocates Helping Battered Women and Families, Inc."
Established offices during the next eight years in Grafton, Mequon, Cedarburg.
Operated a crisis line by volunteers during day with COPE filling in other shifts.
Offered safe homes for victims through volunteer families.


1988

Received facility for use as a shelter from local philanthropist.

Hired 2 Social Workers, part-time Executive Director and Administrative Assistant.
Established 24 hr. crisis line and shelter in-take.


1989

Awarded state grant over $55,000 from previous $18,000 due to facility


1994

Hired first full-time Executive Director and Administrative Assistant. Adapted an administrative team approach.


1995

Added part-time Children's Coordinator to staff.


1996

Awarded first HUD grant for transitional living assistance.


1997

Replaced 2nd shift part-time employee with a full-time Social Worker.


1998

Awarded an annual $20,000 Children's Program state grant.

Changed agency name to "Advocates of Ozaukee, Inc.".
Published quarterly newsletter.
Assessed agency's organization / operations by management
Cornerstone Consultants funded by Northwestern Mutual Life Foundation.


1999

Hired a Resource Development Director with start date of January, 2000.


2000

Established Internet web presence.


2001

Sexual Violence Program implemented.


2002

Launched Outreach to Youth Program.


2003

Girls Club Support Groups started.

Major web site re-design
Opened satellite office in Mequon
Presentations in high schools and middle schools.


2014

Anniversary, New Website Launch & No More Campaign.