Services to empower survivors of domestic violence
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the place My Sister's Place provided for my daughter and I to stay. - A client, after finding her own apartment
In 2012, more than 90% of families who left our emergency shelter moved to more stable, safe homes. That means they did not return to their abusers, become homeless, or move to another short-term shelter program.
As DC's oldest domestic violence shelter, My Sister's Place (MSP) offers comprehensive programs and services that holistically address the unique challenges survivors face towards independence and promote a coordinated community response to this pressing public health issue. These currently include:
• A Confidential, 24-Hour Hotline at 202-529-5991
• Sanctuary Plus, our recently expanded and renovated 15-bedroom emergency shelter
• RISE, an innovativeTransitional-to-Permanent Housing Program
• Children’s Programming
• Residential and Nonresidential Counseling and Case Management
• Aftercare Services
• Community Outreach and Education
• Referrals to Community Partners
Our approach aims to empower survivors, break the cycle of abuse, and prevent the next generation from repeating the pattern of domestic violence.
Alma came to MSP seven-months pregnant with nothing except her two young sons. Sabir, a bright, wide-eyed toddler quickly learned the names of the older children in the program, effortlessly making new friends. Kareem, an energetic and precocious nine-year old boy became a role-model to the younger children, helping them read and constantly making them laugh. Meanwhile, their mother worked as a public servant, determined for a better life for her family in a country that was not her own. After only a few weeks, she moved into MSP's transitional housing program, delivered a beautiful, healthy girl, and returns to our shelter, Sanctuary Plus, to mentor clients who find themselves in the desperation she transcended.
Without the support of friends in the community, Alma's journey to independence and freedom from abuse would not have been possible.
We thank you for your support.