The Women’s Rural Advocacy Programs, Inc. (WRAP) is a non-profit tax-exempt organization which received its determination letter on May 29, 1997 from the Internal Revenue Service. The main purposes of WRAP is to provide safety options, shelter, and advocacy and referral services for battered women and their children and alleviate domestic violence in the communities of Southwest Minnesota. This grass roots network of women helping women began in October 1979.
The Womanspace and Yellow Medicine Women’s Center programs were started in Lyon and Yellow Medicine counties in 1994. WRAP operated as a corporation, with the Committee Against Domestic Violence (CADA), Mankato, Minnesota as its fiscal agent, from July 1, 1004 until June 30, 1997 when it obtained its own 501(c)(3) tax-exempt determination. Services to Lincoln, Murray and Redwood counties were added at this same time.
WRAP operates Community Action Programs (CAP) for battered women in four Southwest Minnesota counties:
- WRAP- Lyon, located in Marshall
- WRAP-Lincoln, served out of Marshall
- WRAP-Yellow Medicine, located in Granite Falls
- WRAP-Redwood, located in Redwood Falls
WRAP also provides services in Murray County upon request by victims, law enforcement, or other agencies, even though this county is not included in the funding received from the State of Minnesota, Office of Justice Programs.