Anna Westin Houses FAQs

Where is the Anna Westin House?
Does the Anna Westin House help males?
How long do people stay at the Anna Westin House?
Can I be a vegetarian/vegan at the Anna Westin House?
Can I have visitors while I am at the Anna Westin House?
How much does the Anna Westin House cost?
Who is Anna Westin?
What do you mean by “complementary” therapies?
What do I have to bring to the Anna Westin House?
Will I have passes or time away from the program?
Can I have my cell phone with me at the Anna Westin House?
Will I have access to the internet while at the Anna Westin House?
Can I have a car at the Anna Westin House?
Are there laundry facilities at the Anna Westin House?
Do I need spending money?
Can I use musical instruments and art supplies during free time?
 

Where is the Anna Westin House?

We have two Anna Westin Houses: Anna Westin House for adults and Anna Westin House-Adolescent for adolescents and young adults.

Our adult residential program is located on the corner of Buford and Cleveland Avenues in the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul, across the street from the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus. Our address is 1449 Cleveland Avenue North, Saint Paul, MN 55108.

Our adolescent and young adult residential program is located on the corner of Commonwealth and Como Avenues in the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul, across the street from the St. Anthony Park Library and next door to Muffuletta. Our address is 2230 Como Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108.

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Does the Anna Westin House help males?

Yes, we serve females and males with eating disorders from adolescence through adulthood. We admit new residents after we take into consideration the current population.

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How long do people stay at the Anna Westin House?

We tailor the length of stay to meet the unique needs of each resident. Some residents stay less than a month and others stay several months.

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Can I be a vegetarian/vegan at the Anna Westin House?

Our chef and dietitians can work with a variety of dietary needs. They will work with you and your family to meet your specific needs.

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Can I have visitors while I am at the Anna Westin House?

Visitors are welcome during non-programming times; primarily in the evenings and on the weekends.

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How much does the Anna Westin House cost?

Cost depends on how long you stay. Our staff will gladly help you determine and maximize your insurance benefits. If you need to pay out of pocket, we are also happy to set up a payment plan.

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Who is Anna Westin?

Anna Selina Westin was born in 1978 and lived in Chaska, Minnesota most of her life. She died in 2000 after struggling for five years with anorexia, a deadly disease that affects millions of Americans.

A graduate of Chaska High School, she was a student at the University of Oregon who loved life. Her many interests and talents included music, photography, hiking, backpacking, reading, writing, fishing, traveling, volunteering, and best of all, spending time with family and friends. She made and sent beautifully decorated cards and letters to family and friends throughout her life.

She was thoughtful, compassionate, generous with her time, and had a talent for making everyone feel special and important.

Anna's family is very proud of her accomplishments, including her hard work to overcome anorexia. Anna suffered from a serious, often fatal, illness that needs to be treated with the same urgency as other life-threatening diseases. The duration of the illness, high cost of treatment, and lack of knowledge about eating disorders cause immense suffering.

To help other families, Anna's family speaks openly about her life and death, and opened the Anna Westin House in 2002. They continue to advocate for those struggling with eating disorders through advocacy and education with The Emily Program Foundation.

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What do you mean by “complementary” therapies?

They are therapies that compliment traditional medical approaches and are effective with eating disorders. We use meditation, yoga, acupuncture, acupressure, Traditional Chinese Medicine, healing touch, music therapy, art therapy, and movement therapy.

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What do I have to bring to the Anna Westin House?

Bring comfortable clothing, typical toiletries, and some personal items to help you feel secure away from home (e.g., a few photos, or other personal decorative items). Click here for the packing list.

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Will I have passes or time away from the program?

From day one, we develop a strong transition plan to optimize your recovery. We regularly have group outings—and you also have some individual free time to spend with friends and family. Both can help you develop the independent living skills essential to recovery.

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Can I have my cell phone with me at the Anna Westin House?

Residents at The Anna Westin House - Adult may have a cell phone and use it during non-programming times.

Residents at The Anna Westin House-Adolescent ages 18+ may have a cell phone and use it during non-programming times; residents under 18 years of age will not have access to their cell phones.

Both locations have a residents' phone line where families and friends can leave messages and where you can make local calls or use a long-distance calling card.

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Will I have access to the internet while at the Anna Westin House?

We have a residents’ PC for internet, email, and general computing. Many residents bring a small USB storage device for documents or other files they create here.

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Can I have a car at the Anna Westin House?

Yes, you can have a vehicle while staying at the Anna Westin House. Due to limited space in our parking lot we require that all residents park their car at our Como Ave. location. We do have a car protocol that must be followed by residents who choose to have a vehicle with them while at Anna Westin House. 

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Are there laundry facilities at the Anna Westin House?

Yes; and there is no additional cost.

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Do I need spending money?

Residents typically bring some spending money for toiletries, reading materials, craft materials, etc.

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Can I use musical instruments and art supplies during free time?

Yes! We encourage you to develop or continue creative and soothing interests and hobbies during free time, such as music, art, and writing. We have art and writing supplies, a keyboard, drums, guitar, and other percussion instruments available for you to use at AWH. Since we have these items available for use, we do not allow residents to bring in their own instruments or art supplies.

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